GRADE Postdoc Peer Groups

As a postdoc, you face new challenges and more responsibilities, but a new career stage also offers various options for development. Working in academia, everyday routines and a high work load do not leave much time to address problems and conflicts in a systematic fashion or to strategically explore new avenues. The Goethe Research Academy for Early Career Researchers (GRADE) offers interested postdocs the opportunity to meet in interdisciplinary groups for personal development through cooperative feedback, supported by a professional coach.


All Goethe University postdocs; working language will be English. The next round of Postdoc Peer Groups will be conducted in German and is going to start within the next 6 to 12 months.


Regular peer-group meetings over the course of one year in interdisciplinary teams: kick-off meeting with professional trainer and introduction of the method ”peer group supervision”; regular meetings of your peer group in accordance with your needs and interests during the year; two additional meetings with professional external supervision in the middle and at the end of the year.


Offering an opportunity to reflect on and discuss individual challenges in your daily routine (team and conflict management, leadership role etc.); supporting career development and career decisions of early-career researchers. Important: Group meetings are not designed for an exchange on research questions.


The kick-off meeting is already scheduled for February 19, 2024 (09:00-13:30 h or 10:00-14:00 in person). Please submit an application only if you can definitely come to the first meeting. Joining later is not possible!


Developing a professional work style; gaining more confidence and assertiveness; improving your individual strategies for career progress; networking


Submit your CV and a cover letter. In this letter, please illustrate your expectations and specify topics that are relevant in your current situation (max. 1 page DIN A4). Please also let us know (1) whether you can participate in a kick-off meeting in presence, and (2) whether you would personally prefer an online or a face-to-face format throughout the year 2024.

Applicants should e-mail both documents (in one PDF file) no later than January 15, 2024:

Goethe Research Acacemy for Early Career Researchers
Dr. Laura Mohr-Valldorf - Postdoc Peer Groups
Goethe University Frankfurt

Phone: +49(0)69 798-49406