Research Opportunities Week for international postdocs in Munich, March 2014


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How do young foreign researchers actually make their way into the professional world? How do they plan a career abroad? Often it is really quite difficult for them to gauge their career prospects from afar. That is why Technische Universität München (TUM) is making aspiring scholars and scientists an offer.

For one week, up-and-coming researchers can see for themselves whether they could imagine a future at one of the largest and most renowned technical universities in Germany. The Munich institution is inviting 50 postdoctoral researchers from across the globe to the third “Research Opportunities Week” (ROW) from March 17 to 21, 2014. During the event they will be able to personally get to know the TUM – and subsequently perhaps receive a research grant.

This initiative is hitherto unique in Germany. It is part of a strategy with which the TUM hopes to attract more young international researchers to the university and increase the number of postdoctoral researchers in the natural and engineering sciences. The programme encompasses campus tours and discussions with academics at the university as well as joint recreational activities. After all, the idea is that the young guests of the university gain an idea both of what it would be like working at the TUM and of life in the Munich metropolitan region. In addition they are asked to present their respective research focus. The best candidates among them have the chance to receive a one-year scholarship at the university following the ROW.

One of the goals of this TUM concept, developed in 2012 in the context of the Excellence Initiative, is to interest more talented international scholars and scientists in working at German universities. Postdoctoral researchers are still underrepresented in the country, despite their important role in advancing research, especially in the engineering sciences. Postdocs who see their own future at the TUM can apply for the third ROW in spring 2014 until 30 November 2013 on the online application platform.

Source: www.research-in-germany.de