PCDP – Soft skill courses

For a sake of convenience, the present list includes the courses organized by the GNeuS partners, and shall not be considered as an exhaustive list for the PCDP.  The candidate is welcome to consider any additional course.

Title of Training

Leadership without disciplinary authority – lateral leadership

Objectives
  • Analyzation and comprehension of the challenge of lateral leadership
  • Recognition and reflection of the role of a lateral leader
  • Learning and applying the key tools for a successful leadership without disciplinary authority (appropriate to the situation) by trust, commitment to goals, effective delegation and recognition of achievement
  • Learning of argumentation techniques and rhetorical tools in order to articulate your own expectations and wishes to employees in a goal-oriented and clear way and to make convincing processes effective
  • Understanding of the effects of motivation and the development of action approaches with which this knowledge can be integrated into the daily routine of leadership
Description
  • Basics of the leadership without disciplinary authority (lateral leadership)
  • Do’s and Dont’s in lateral leadership constellations
  • Anatomy of trust
  • Instruments for the leadership without disciplinary authority (objectives, delegation, feedback)
  • Techniques of argumentation for the leadership without disciplinary authority
  • Motivation for lateral leadership

Practical cases for leadership situations or practice related questions of the participants

Duration

1 Day

Planned 08. September 2022  from 09:00 to 16:30h
Participation requirement

nothing specific

Internal Contact Person (FZJ)

Andrea Bosten (career-center@fz-juelich.de)

Title of Training

Project Management Basics

Objectives

The participants will have basic knowledge in project management as well as some experience through practical examples. Therefore they are able to manage small projects successfully by themselves.

Description
  • What is a project?
  • What are the characteristics of a project?
  • Which principles should be applied
  • How to plan a project
  • How to manage a project
  • How to deal with problems or new customer requirements
  • How to ensure, that the project delivers what was required
  • Practical examples for the most important points
Duration

2 Days

Participation requirement

nothing specific

Internal Contact Person (FZJ)

Andrea Bosten (career-center@fz-juelich.de)

Title of Training

Individual Coaching for Professorships

Objectives

In an individual coaching session, you will receive assistance and guidance on how to optimize your application documents and your appearance before the appointment committee.

Description

In a preceding consultation with the career counsellors of the Career Center & Postdoc Office, the individual needs are determined and the fit of the question with the coaching offer of the German University Association (DHV) is checked.

Topics in the subsequent individual coaching may include:

·       Application and appointment – the legal framework

·       Hints for the design of the written application documents

·       Self-presentation during the application

·       The test lecture

·       The interview with the appointment committee

Duration
Planned (Quarter/Year)

Individual appointments can be made

Participation requirement

You intend to apply for a professorship and/or junior professorship for the first time.

Internal Contact Person (FZJ)

Andrea Bosten (career-center@fz-juelich.de)

Title of Training

Career Planning

Objectives

The planning of the next professional steps does not have to be rocket science. But it can be important to take the time to think about yourself in terms of your own skills, values and interests, because the knowledge gained can greatly simplify further career planning. By focusing on your own competences as well as your values, interests and ideal working conditions, it will be possible for you to create new ideas for your future career. It will help you to name your own goal as precisely as possible and to take the first steps towards your preferred future.

Description

–        Significance: “What does a career mean to me?” Taking a look back at your professional biography and focus on your values and preferences

–        Personal Competences: To know, to prioritize, to express and to proof your main strengths.

–        Career options in Academia, Industry and Science Management: “What are my professional options?”

–        Strategic Networking: Focus on how to build up a professional network and to keep it running. “In which way should I handle it differently than before?”

Duration

2 Days

Participation requirement

nothing specific

Title of Training

Science Communication

Objectives

·       Communication of scientific projects, insights and objectives to a wider audience

·       engagement in a dialogue with society.

·       Strengthening of authenticity, credibility and expertise

Description

This virtual seminar, focusing on social media, is interactive. Teaching content alternates with practical phases as well as question and answer sessions. The seminar is an introduction into science communication online and provides practical information on how the relevant social media can be utilised.

Main Topics:

·       Your digital profile

·       Communicating science on social media

·       Your key message

·       Five key elements of #scicomm

·       Social media and your style of communication

Duration

2 half days

Participation requirement

nothing specific

Internal contact person (FZJ)

Andrea Bosten (career-center@fz-juelich.de)

Title of Training

Mindfulness Practice @ Work

Objectives

  • Raising awareness of the purpose of mindfulness in daily work life
  • Choosing a mindfulness technique suitable for the situational context
  • Becoming focussed and observant of the present moment e.g. in a stressful situation
  • Learning to respond consciously rather than to react instinctively e.g. in communication
  • Boosting energy and feeling revitalized

Description

  • Introduction of mindfulness practices and their benefits
  • Settings, conditions and purposes of mindfulness practices
  • Different practice techniques to suit the purpose and timeframe
  • Practical application of mindfulness

Duration

2 hours

Planned (Quarter/Year)

regularly offered

Participation requirement

  • no previous experience needed
  • committed attendance throughout the series of 5 sessions
  • openness and curiosity
  • being time-conscious
Internal contact person (FZJ)

Andrea Bosten (career-center@fz-juelich.de)

Title of Training

Conflict Management

Objectives

  • Understanding how conflict emergence, patterns, attitudes and communication are interrelated (knowledge)
  • Increasing awareness of conflict resolution strategies in diverse and international working contexts (attitude)
  • Learning effective conflict resolution methods and best practices for managing conflicts (methods)
  • Enhancing conflict management skills and individual conflict resolution strategies (skills)

Description

This workshop conveys conflict management knowledge and provides participants with effective techniques to manage stressful situations and build conflict resolution strategies. Practical exercises provide insights into how a range of conflict resolution strategies can be employed. Additionally, reflection on solution-oriented attitudes and behaviours increase participants’ conflict awareness and enhance conflict capabilities.

  • Basics of conflict management – how conflicts emerge, types of conflicts, typical conflicts in international scientific working contexts
  • I as conflict party – reflection on interactions of learned communication, individual conflict patterns and ways of resolving conflicts
  • I as conflict mediator in my team – actively managing conflicts, effective strategies for mindful communication
  • Reflecting on individual experiences: case studies, collegial exchange, facilitating dialogues in conflict situations, strategies for conflict resolution
  • Conflict handling as part of Jülich’s leadership culture – responsibilities, roles, self-leadership

Duration

1 Day

Participation requirement

nothing specific

Internal contact person (FZJ)

Andrea Bosten (career-center@fz-juelich.de)

All language courses offered by FZJ are available in the intranet:

https://intranet.fz-juelich.de/en/organization/gp/expertise/p-e/developmenttraining/trainingsprogramm/themengebiete/languages

In addition to face-to-face trainings, there is also the possibility to use an e-learning offer.

All language courses offered by FZJ are available in the intranet:

https://intranet.fz-juelich.de/en/organization/gp/expertise/p-e/developmenttraining/trainingsprogramm/themengebiete/languages

Upcoming trainings courses are announced on the website. In addition to face-to-face trainings, there is also the possibility to use an e-learning offer.

Title of Training

Professionalizing Writing for Scientific Journals

Objectives

Professionalizing Writing for Academic Journals – Intensive workshop for advanced writers of English

This two-day online course addresses the interests of advanced writers of English who are currently involved in writing up research findings and therefore focuses both on text development and publishing strategies. Its workload is comprehensive and attendance is limited to six early career researchers.
Course participants will receive individual trainer feedback on a 600-word Introduction section submitted ahead the course. They will be guided in exploring the discursive and stylistic means employed in a self-selected model research article published by a leading author in their discipline. The course forum will enable discussions on author roles, the scientific conversations led by self-selected target journals and the options for collaboration through academic networks. Drafting exercises will prompt participants to identify questions that may be raised by readers or journal reviewers and/or to address their scientific community by putting forward their own questions. Participants will also be encouraged to assess and deal with possible limitations of their findings. Such topics will provide the opportunity to draft and submit a second writing sample, for which participants will again receive feedback from the trainer.

Description

  • submitting a 600-word section from the Introduction of a current writing project
  • selecting and submitting a model research article published by a leading author
  • presenting one’s writing project, target readership and journal options
  • presenting one’s author role and related responsibilities
  • exploring discursive and stylistic means in the Introduction and Conclusion of self-selected model research articles
  • analyzing the scientific conversation led by self-selected target journals
  • mapping one’s academic research network and assessing collaboration options
  • anticipating and responding to questions by readers or journal reviewers
  • entering the scientific discourse by stating one’s own questions (Discussion section)
  • reflecting on and dealing with possible limitations of one’s research
  • evaluating course achievements and setting future goals
  • drafting and revising a 2nd writing sample for trainer feedbacksubmitting a personal writing sample and a selected ‘benchmark publication’

Duration

2 Days

Planned (Quarter/Year)

27.+28.10.2022 (09:00 to 17:00)

Participation requirement

Doctoral researchers, postdoctoral researchers and professional scientists with C1 to C2 English skills.

Internal contact person (FZJ)

Andrea Bosten (career-center@fz-juelich.de)

Title of Training

Writing competitive proposals to the EU in Horizon Europe (date will be announced)

Objectives

Research centres are increasingly dependent on acquiring external resources, due to decreasing funding in the public sector. Proposal writing is an increasingly wanted skill for young scientists and administrators at universities, research institutions, public organisations, and private business companies, large and small alike.

However, proposal writing becomes more and more competitive, since funds are continually cut. Not only brilliant scientific ideas but also strong management and writing skills are necessary to successfully compete in proposal writing. The successful proposal writer has to put the burdensome writing procedure on top of the daily tasks and needs strong management skills, writing skills and skills to keep the consortium as a team. This course is demanding and intense and combines all tools and techniques for proposal writing with limited resources and limited time. Horizon Europe proposals contain a number of known rules as well as new topics and measures. Successful proposals have to meet all given criteria in order to pass the different stages of evaluation and approval. The course provides all the necessary details, guidelines, evaluation criteria and strategic considerations in order to support proposal writers. The goal is to provide relevant und practical information on how to write a successful proposal for Horizon Europe .

Description

·       Introduction to Horizon Europe, project idea and the essentials of a proposal

·       Proposal writing and exercise, calculations of EC Funding

·       Time management to meet the deadline, conclusions and recommendations

·       Brief presentation of the EU Support Service in the Forschungszentrum

Duration

1 Day

Participation requirement

Researchers who plan to submit Horizon Europe proposals as a coordinator or contribute as a partner to Horizon Europe projects proposals.

Internal contact person (FZJ)

Andrea Bosten (career-center@fz-juelich.de)