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Qualification Program for Postdocs and Advanced Postdoctoral Researchers

Target Groups

The FRS offers are targeted at all postoctoral researchers, from the moment you handed in their dissertation up to the moment you take over the first full professorship. You are welcome to use our offers if you do a "Habilitation", are a junior professor or junior research group leader.

Workshop Offers

Our qualification program at the Freiburg Research Services prepares you for your future career both within and outside of academia.

The program is targeted at postdoctoral researchers, who are on their way to a professorship as well as postdoctoral researchers who think about a non-academic career path. Even if you are not sure yet whether you want to leave the academia, we offer the support and space for you to recognize and promote your potential and we accompany you in your career decisions.

Our program is designed to support you in the preparation for future positions in research, industry and in political, social or other institutions. Next to our individual consultation for third-party funding (support for national and international (non EU) applications as well with programs from the EU), we want to enable you to meet the following objectives:

  • career orientation and decision making
  • development of management and leadership skills
  • qualification for leadership positions
  • increasing your chances in job applications

We offer workshops, coaching and career consultation specifically for postdocs, who are currently working on a research project to gain the next level towards a professorship. We support you in your preparation for future responsibilities in research, industry and other institutions. Our program is structured around the following competence areas:

  • Management, Communication and Leadership
  • Career Planning and Career Entry
  • Publishing, Media and IT
  • Academic Practice

Please familiarize yourself with our conditions for participation when signing in for a course.

To ensure that the program meets the needs of postdoctoral researchers, we welcome all feedback and requests. We ask participants to fill in an evaluation form at the end of each of our workshops and we are also happy to receive general suggestions at any time via email.

Current Qualification Program



In the postdoc coaching program postdoctoral researchers will be professionally advised, supported and supervised. Together with professional coaches postdocs can reflect on their career development options, conflicts and important decisions as well as on questions around work/life balance. Please find more informatione here.


Next to our workshop program and coaching, we also want to provide you with opportunities to get in touch with each other and with key contact persons from the university and other employers. Please feel free to read up on our various formats for networking here.

Career Counselling

The Science Support Centre offers career counselling for all postdoctoral researchers.

If you need support in financing your academic career, please get in touch with our experts at the FRS. For questions around national and international funding options, please get in touch with the team of the Science Support Centre. If you have questions around European programmes, feel free to contact the EU Office team.

Financial Support for Childcare

Together with the University of Freiburg’s Family Service we offer financial support for childcare to all postdoctoral researchers, who want to take part in our program.

If you require support for childcare, please write a short email to indicating the workshop you want to visit and an estimation of the costs.

We need information on the amount of hours, costs per hour and the overall amount as well as the childcare facility. Please note that we can only accept invoices from professional childcare providers, but not from private persons.

For more information on childcare facilities, please feel free to contact Juliane Lassen at the Family Service:

For further information or general questions on this service, please get in touch with Dr. Julia Michael at the FRS via or telephone +49 761 203-6815.



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Standards of Quality Assurance

Conception and organization of our services are subject to both our requirement for high quality and our target-group orientation. The Qualification Program for Postdocs supports researchers of the University of Freiburg in gaining and improving competencies that are important for their postdoctoral studies. Furthermore, we provide multiple formats to give postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to ideally plan their careers. All services are conceptualized by taking into account the quality of contents and their didactic/methodical nature. Doing so, we are committed to high quality standards and continuous quality assurance.

We create target-group-specific services based on our long-standing experience in providing qualification for doctoral candidates (since 2009) and for postdoctoral researchers (since 2015), a regular monitoring of demands, and a complete program evaluation.


Our course instructors are highly qualified and experienced experts in their fields. They are either very familiar with academia or they have a high expertise regarding career opportunities outside of academia. Courses are practical, target-group-oriented as well as implementation-focused and delivered on a high didactic/methodical level.

The quality of each service is assured and evaluated by both participants and conductors. Evaluations are subject to data privacy and protection. Evaluation results are discussed with course instructors, thereby guaranteeing a continuous development of our services/courses. The Qualification Program’s conceptualization is particularly based on all kinds of participant feedback (wishes, criticism, demands). Needs and opinions of our participants are the key asset of our program development and advancement. Therefore, we want to encourage you to send your feedback to!


Courses from External Providers

Here you can find a selection of interesting workshops for postdoctoral candidates from other providers. Please note: The conditions for participation and rules of the particular providers apply. The Freiburg Research Services are not responsible for the content, organization and quality of the workshops.


Center for Teaching at the University of Freiburg

An overview of all events provided by the Abteilung Hochschuldidaktik can be found here.


An overview of all events provided by the Abteilung Hochschuldidaktik der Universität Freiburg can be found here.


CORA Coaching Women for Research and Acadamia

As a woman researcher at the end of the doctoral process, you are planning your further career in academia. You are well aware that career and personal development are essential to professionalism. And you are looking for the right strategy to attain your career goals. You want to consciously plan each phase of your career and reflect on the subject-specific conditions required. The University of Freiburg aims to support you professionally with coaching and workshops on strategic career planning. Don't hesitate to contact with questions.


Courses at the Language Center

At the Language Centre of the University of Freiburg you are offered a wide variety of language courses that all members of the university are free to participate in. Please find an overview here. You also have the chance to use the Language Laboratory, which you have access to via your UniCard. If you are a visiting scholar without a UniCard, please get in touch with  to arrange your access to the offers of the Language Center.


"Gründerbüro" (Founders' Office)

You will find an overview of all events provided by the Founders' Office here.


Offers for Postdocs at the Faculty of Medicine

Postdocs conducting reserach at the Faculty of Medicine are welcome to use the offers at their faculty . Please feel free to get in touch with the research management team at the Faculty of Medicine.