Career Coaching Days November 2021

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, 16 Nov 2021

9:00-11:15

online

"How to get started: academic writing"

Introduction and Q&A with Paul Talbot

Tue, 16 Nov 2021

13:00-14:00

online

"Well-being in times of COVID-19"

Drop-in sessions with Desiree Dickerson

Tue, 16 Nov 2021

15:00-16:00

postponed to early 2022

"PhD - what next? From a PhD in material physics to functional safety in automotive industry"

VDSP alumna Sabine Ballek (neé Puchberger); Bosch Engineering GmbH

Wed, 17 Nov 2021

9:00-10:00

online

"CV check"

Drop-in sessions with ChristianeM Losert-VK

Wed, 17 Nov 2021

10:00-11:00

online

"Well-being in times of COVID-19"

Drop-in sessions with Desiree Dickerson

Wed, 17 Nov 2021

11:15-12:15

online

"CV check"

Drop-in sessions with ChristianeM Losert-VK

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: academic writing"

Introduction and Q&A with Paul Talbot

Tue, 16 Nov 2021

09:00

English is the language of communication in science. Being able to write scientifically in English improves your chances of getting funding, sharing your your research findings, and establishing your scientific credentials on an international platform. In this workshop, you will get feedback on samples of your own scientific writing.

Please register for the workshop by Fri, 5 Nov, by writing an email to vds-physics@univie.ac.at

Be ready to submit up to 10 pages of your research proposal, doctoral thesis, journal manuscript or grant application by Tue, 9 Nov, and we will work through some of the key points for improvement - both in a peer setting and in individual 1:1 feedback discussions later in the month. You will receive more details on how to submit your writing excerpt in the email confirming your place in the workshop.

 

Paul Talbot is an English language communications trainer, specialising in professional and scientific writing skills. He teaches academic writing at the University of Vienna Language Centre, and runs courses and workshops at various higher education institutions, research institutes and policy think tanks. He previously taught on the VDSP course: Academic Writing for Academic Careers.  

"PhD - what next? From a PhD in material physics to functional safety in automotive industry"

Talk by VDSP alumna Sabine Ballek (neé Puchberger); Bosch Group

Tue, 16 Nov 2021

15:00

Dr. Sabine Ballek, Development Engineer at Bosch Engineering GmbH, will give a short overview on her academic background, current professional role and her personal experience and perspective on the transition from basic science to a job outside academia

Please register for the talk by Thu, 11 Nov, by writing an email to vds-physics@univie.ac.at

 

During her studies, VDSP alumna and mobility fellow Sabine Ballek (neé Puchberger) focused on solid state physics in the group "physics of functional materials" under the supervision of Prof. Wilfried Schranz. She studied the domain wall dynamics in selected ferroelastic crystals with experimental methods.

Since finishing her PhD, she has worked as a software development engineer for safety critical applications at BOSCH group which is the leading Tier 1 supplier in the automotive industry. Her main responsibility is the development of new safety concepts for monitoring software in coordination with customer requests and legacy solutions. Her responsibility further includes requirements engineering as well as actual implementation of monitoring software using model-based programming tools. The day to day work is done in context of an international team spanning from North America over Germany to India.

"CV check"

Drop-in sessions with ChristianeM Losert-VK

Wed, 17 Nov 2021

09:00

11:15

In these drop-in sessions Christiane will give feedback on your academic CVs and/or resumés and discuss questions on career planning. Please send your documents to christiane.losert@univie.ac.at before Fri, 12 November.

 

Dr ChristianeM Losert-Valiente Kroon, managing director of the VDSP, holds a PhD degree in Physics from UCL, London. In 2010 she joined the Vienna Doctoral Program on Complex Quantum Systems (CoQuS) as the  coordinator of the joint training programme in quantum science at the University of Vienna and TU Wien. She has supported the founding and implementation of the Vienna Doctoral School in Physics (VDSP). Christiane Losert has a passion for communicating science and is committed to the professional development of early career researchers.

"Well-being in times of COVID-19"

Drop-in sessions with Desiree Dickerson

Tue, 16 Nov 2021

13:00

Wed, 17 Nov 2021

10:00

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