Career Coaching Days April 2022

The VDSP Career Coaching Days offer training and support for VDSP students at any stage of their PhD - from admission until graduation.

 Programme overview

Tue, 26 Apr 2022

10:00-11:30

in-person

"How to get started: from research to innovation"

Introduction and Q&A with Tamara Pinterich & Marco Masia, TTO University of Vienna

Wed, 27 Apr 2022

12:30 - 13:30

online

"Well-being in the research space"

Drop-in sessions with Desiree Dickerson

Wed, 27 Apr 2022

14:00-15:00

in-person

"PhD what next? From a PhD in mathematical physics to financial audit at KPMG"

VDSP alumnus David Erkinger, KPMG

We will try to hold as many of the events in person. We will send details on the venue or the online meeting room shortly before the career coaching days via email. Please note for some events you have to register in advance - see details below.

 Abstracts and biographies


"How to get started: from research to innovation"

Introduction and Q&A with Tamara Pinterich & Marco Masia

Tue, 26 Apr 2022

10:00-11:30

in-person

What is innovation? What is its relation to research? Why is that relevant for researchers? In this presentation, we will answer these questions and explain the role of the University in supporting innovators.

We work at the Technology Transfer Office (TTO), the University body promoting innovation and catalyzing the societal impact of research.

We advise and help researchers to exploit the outcome of their research and valorize new knowledge in different ways, whether by sale or licensing of intellectual property (IP) or materials, or by establishing a new venture based on the technology (spin-off), or on new knowledge (academic start-up).

To get you acquainted with our services, we will introduce our TTO team and discuss IP related aspects of your day-to-day work.  We will elaborate on how the TTO helps identify, valorize and protect IP. Finally, we will inform you about entrepreneurship and related activities at the University of Vienna.

The presentation will be held in an interactive style and we are looking forward to lively discussions on technology transfer.

Please register by 21 April.

 

Marco Masia, PhD MBA
Marco is technology transfer manager at the University of Vienna. He is founder and managing director of MARMAS GmbH, a company working at the intersection between research, innovation, and policy. He is also the Executive Coordinator of the Initiative for Science in Europe, a not-for-profit organization based in Strasbourg that represents European scientific societies advocating for research and innovation policies. Earlier he worked as assistant professor of Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Sassari, Italy. He has also been board member and chaired the policy working group of the Marie Curie Alumni Association. He holds a PhD in Physics (Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain) and an executive MBA (Frankfurt School for Finance & Management, Germany).

Mag. Dr. Tamara Pinterich
Tamara joined the technology transfer office of the University of Vienna at the beginning of this year. She manages tech-transfer related topics for the Faculties of Physics and Computer Science, and the Data Science Network. Until recently she worked as software developer at Robert Bosch AG, where she developed control and diagnostic algorithms for electric, hybrid and fuel cell cars. Before that she did a postdoc at Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA, where she studied particle-cloud interaction via airborne aerosol measurements. Tamara received her PhD in Physics from the University of Vienna, where she developed a novel instrument for the detection of atmospheric nanoparticles.

 

 

"Well-being in the research space"

Drop-in sessions with Desiree Dickerson

Wed, 27 Apr 2022

12:30 - 13:30

online

These drop-in sessions are a safe space to share challenges and explore solutions amongst colleagues and with someone who specialises in the mental health and well-being of academics. Within an online meeting space, we will touch on different general themes to start the session (10 mins) and then open the floor to the students so they can bring up questions relating to their work and workload, their supervision interactions and challenges, productivity and procrastination, motivation, perfectionism, doubts, fears and concerns.

 

Desiree Dickerson PhD is a clinical psychologist who specialises in the mental health and well-being of the research community. As a former postdoc in the neurosciences, Desiree works globally with universities, lab groups, and academics in the pursuit of a healthier approach to research.

She helps researchers at all stages of career to identify self-critical and self-sabotaging thought processes that underlie perfectionism, imposter syndrome, worry, low motivation, and uncertainty and begin to reframe them. She also helps them to identify maladaptive coping strategies (e.g. avoidance and procrastination) that tend to impede their success, and explore more effective (and healthier) short and long-term strategies.

You can find more about her on her website www.desireedickerson.com/institutions 

"PhD - what next? From a PhD in mathematical physics to financial audit at KPMG"

Talk by VDSP alumnus David Erkinger; KPMG

Wed, 27 Apr 2022

14:00-15:00

in-person

Dr. David Erkinger, Audit Associate at KPMG, will give a short overview on his academic background, current professional role and his personal experience and perspective on the transition from basic science to a job outside academia

Please register by 21 April.

 

I am going to start my talk with a short overview of my PhD studies in the mathematical physics group at the University of Vienna. I studied certain aspects of string compactifications under the the supervision of Dr. Johanna Knapp and Dr. Stefan Fredenhagen.

Afterwards, I will talk about the team of financial and actuarial mathematics at KPMG. In my team we have a wide range of topics from financial audit to advising insurance companies and banks. Currently, I am enhancing the mathematical projection model at an insurance company and I will present aspects of my day-to-day work.

In the end, I will talk about my experiences during my job search.

Registration VDSP Career Coaching Days April 2022

Please register by 21 April.

The number of places is limited. Preference will be given to VDSP students.

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