ZMT wants to support Postdocs and Early-Stage group leaders in finding their career paths and develop necessary academic and transferable skills. This includes the preparation for leadership roles in academic life and beyond, support in profile and career development and awareness of existing resources and personal role perception.

With a series of work­shops, MARUM and ZMT aim to support postdocs and early-stage group leaders. The ca­reer de­vel­op­ment work­shops are or­gan­ised and offered in co­oper­a­tion with MARUM.  Our idea is to foster exchange between you and your col­leagues across institutes.


Nav­ig­at­ing un­cer­tainty in re­search

 22 March 2022

Agile Work in Science 6, 12 & 27 September 2022

COURSE 2. Agile Work in Science (including Design Thinking Module)

  • Date & Time: September 6 (13:30-16:30, online), September 12 (9:30-17:30, on-site ZMT), September 27 (9:30-12:30)
  • Trainers: Dr. Julia Rummel & Lea Feldhaus (INNOKI, a berlin-based Innovation consultancy).
  • Registration: Register under this link until August 22.
  • Course information asPDF. The aim of the training series ‘Agile Work in Science’ is to show scientists in early career stages creative and agile working methods that are state-of-the-art outside of science and would also be valuable and useful in science. In doing so, we will cover the corresponding mindsets of “agile work”, “new work” or “inner work” as well as concrete methods and approaches that the participants can transfer to their work reality.

         What you can get out of this course

    • An overview on central principles of “new work”, e.g. and a better understanding of the ideas behind these buzzwords. You can reflect how these ideas could be transferred into your own work in academia.
    • You have experienced “Design Thinking” as a method for creative work and reflected in how far it could be used for your working tasks in academia.
    • You will learn how meetings can be designed to be efficient and worthful for everybody attending based on the “new work”-mindset. This also includes learning different procedures on how fair decisions can be made in the team or in the research group.

   The courses will be characterized by a balance between theoretical impulses, actively trying out what you have learned, networking among participants as well as self-reflection and discussion.


COURSE: Navigating Uncertainty in Research

  • Date & Time: March 22, 2022, 9am – 5pm (via Zoom)
  • Trainers: Dr. Desiree Dickerson and Dr. Vicent Botellla Soler (
  • Registration: closed
  • Course information as PDF.



How do we create the mental clarity to make big decisions when academia leaves us with so little time or energy and very few resources to cope? We are left trying to make big life changes decisions from a place of self - doubt, emotional reactiveness, and exhaustion. In this workshop, we explore the factors that impact on how we think and make decisions. The role that our biases, thinking patterns, and behavioural choices play in how we evaluate situations and interactions, and how we engage (or not) with certain individuals and environments.