The central university services support early-career researchers through a variety of programmes and courses.
heiTRACKS has since 2021 been the general trademark for the programmes geared specifically to the group of postdocs. Besides fostering research-relevant and cross-disciplinary skills, heiTRACKS also provides advisory and coaching sessions on all important decision-making processes.
On top of this, young researchers can take advantage of numerous services to assist them in enhancing their skills and in their research, teaching and transfer activities.
Options for postdoctoral researchers
Career coaching for postdocs
Career coaching for postdocs is aimed specifically at those who completed their doctoral training at least two and at most four years ago and are currently employed at Heidelberg University.
Management programme “Towards a professorship”
The management programme “Towards a professorship” prepares postdoc researchers for leadership and management tasks at the university.
Competence development and career planning
The Graduate Academy is the central partner for those interested in doing doctoral training, doctoral candidates and postdocs in the early stages after gaining their PhD.
Cross-disciplinary training, career development and guidance, along with networking, form the core of the offerings for up-and-coming leading academics.
The Equal Opportunities Office gives support in career planning and in challenging situations of everyday working life.
Support in research, teaching and transfer
Heidelberg Research Services (HRS)
When researchers need to search for suitable sources of finance, submit grant applications and raise third-party funding, Heidelberg Research Service provides support through information, personal counselling and training sessions.
Competence Centre Research Data
The Competence Centre Research Data (KFD) is a joint service facility of the University Computing Centre and the Heidelberg University Library to support the members of Heidelberg University in the comprehensive and uniform management of research data.
Teachers receive comprehensive support in professionalising their teaching through workshops on teaching method, individual coaching and further training leading to the Baden-Württemberg certificate for university didactics.
Job-seeking, applications, international contacts
The Career Service accompanies students, doctoral candidates and postdocs with their professional orientation and positioning in the non-university labour market.
Job-seeking and applying for positions
Heidelberg is an attractive research location. There are many employers in industry and the public sector, both in the city and the region.
Programmes for Supervisors and Managers
This provides briefings for academics serving as supervisors and advisors for doctoral dissertations, in order to create good framework conditions for doctoral trainees and postdocs.
Courses and materials on leadership skills and career accompaniment, coaching for taking leadership positions and advice on handling conflicts at the workplace.