Advisory services & mentoring

The Graduate Academy can help you with all questions concerning your day-to-day work and your career development. This service is available in German and in English.

At the Welcome and Service Desk of the Graduate Academy, we can help you to find the right point of contact at the FSU and give you preliminary information.

With regard to individual questions about your work or career planning, there is Career Counselling and Postdoc Counselling available at the Graduate Academy.

Welcome and Service Desk

At the welcome and service desk, assistance and advice are offered to all young researchers of the University of Jena. Here you receive information regarding the counselling of postdocs, the International Tutoring Service (intudoc) for international doctoral candidates and the qualification programme. Furthermore, we arrange for you to find the right contact person at Friedrich Schiller University and beyond that.

You can find the service and information desk on the ground floor in the House for Young Researchers (vis-à-vis to the cafeteria).

Opening hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9.00-13.00 h
Tuesday, Thursday 9.00-16.00 h

Career Counselling and Postdoc Counselling

The Graduate Academy offers individual consulting and counselling to all postdocs as well as PhD candidates who are planning their career after the PhD. Typical questions which can be discussed:

  • Do I want to stay in academia after I finish my PhD?
  • What can I do to improve my chances of doing so?
  • How can I use my skills from academia in other career fields?

You can seek advice about all of the themes that are related to your job situation, such as financing, finding a balance between family and career, international mobility, the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, the path to becoming a professor and other job possibilities. You can make a personal appointment with Dr. Hanna Kauhaus.

If you want to learn more about career planning and applications, you can also refer to the workshops in our qualification programme.

Mentoring for female postdocs

Mentoring at the start of your postdoc career:

Rowena-Morse-Mentoring Programme for female postdocs

The Rowena-Morse-Mentoring-Programm (RMMP) of the Thuringian universities was founded in 2018 and is initiated through the Thüringer Kompetenznetzwerks Gleichstellung. The programme addresses young female scientists either in the final stages of their doctorate, or at the beginning of their postdoc phase. It offers career planning support at an interdisciplinary level.

Within a period of twelve months, mentees are introduced to their personal mentor and are offered specificly designed qualification workshops for their needs. Peer mentorings provide the opportunity to network with female scientists of other Thuringian universities; special group mentorings will be accompanied by experienced female and male professors.

The next deadline for applications will be 14 August 2019.

Find further information here: Rowena Morse-Mentoring-Programm für Postdoktorandinnen (in German).

Mentoring starting from the second year of your postdoc career:

Mentoring Programme for female postdocs of the university network of Halle-Wittenberg, Jena, and Leipzig

The mentoring programme for female postdocs can offer you personal support through experienced mentors at the Universities of Halle and Leipzig. They can serve as a formal or informal academic base and help you with key competences and professional contacts that can help further your academic career.

The mentoring program for female postdocs is a co-operation between the Universities of Halle-Wittenberg, Jena, and Leipzig. At the University of Jena, the programme is supervised by the Office of Equal Opportunity of the Vice-President for young researchers and diversity management.

You can find additional information here: The mentoring programme for female postdocs (in German).

More contact points at FSU

Family Office, Service Centre for Research and Transfer, Personnel Department, etc.: FSU offers a broad range of information and advisory services. This overview shows which office is responsible for what issues. Contact the Welcome and Service Desk for Doctoral Candidates and Postdocs for assistance to find the right contact person for your concern.

Promotion of research, research transfer and business start-ups
The Service Centre for Research and Transfer offers you information and advice on how to utilise your research results. The Service Centre's business start-up service provides consultancy on ideas for setting up business.

Servicestelle LehreLernen
The service point LehreLernen offers coaching and consultation regarding central questions of university teaching. Further information can be found here.

"JUniFamilie" University's Family Office
The University's Family Office provides information and advice on questions related to "living in Jena with children", on legal aspects linked to "family and career", and on cultural and leisure offers for families in Jena. For more information, click here.

Equal Opportunity Office
The Equal Opportunity Office is the contact point for any questions regarding the promotion of women in academia, gender-sensitive staff policy issues, or individual situations of conflict or crisis in context with gender equality. The University's Gender Equality staff will be happy to help you. For more information, click here.

Staff Council
The staff council provides advice primarily on questions of labour law or when there is a conflict with your superior. For more information, click here.

Personnel Department
FSU employees can turn to the Personnel Department if they have any questions regarding their work contract, payment or the application of the law on temporary employment in research and science (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz). For more information, click here.