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How to Become a Professor at German Universities

The Workshop:

The Postdoctoral qualification phase to attain “eligibility for a professorship” in Germany might differ considerably, depending on your research focus. But in almost all cases, you have to go through a complex and time-demanding appointment process (so-called "Berufungskommission").

In order to be successful in this process, scientific excellence alone is often not enough: Your application documents must be excellent and, above all, comprehensive. Furthermore, you have to convince the committee in a public lecture on your science - and more often also demonstrate your teaching skills in a second talk. Last but (surely) not least you have to demonstrate a lot of negotiation skills, when it comes to salary and equipment of your future lab.

The Lecturer:

Amir Madany studied mathematics and computer science at Humboldt University Berlin and the University of Lübeck. He was Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA and worked at the Fraunhofer Research Institute for Marine Biotechnology (EMB) and at the Institute for Experimental Dermatology (LIED) at UKSH, Campus Lübeck. In 2009, he accepted a Junior-Professorship for Machine Learning in Medicine and Life Science at Lübeck University. Since 2015, he is Privatdozent (lecturer) at the Institute for Neuro- and Bioinformatics at Lübeck University.

In addition to scientific lectures, he has been teaching students, graduate students, and lecturers on science communication and presentation techniques at various universities for more than 10 years now. He has received several awards for excellent and innovative science and teaching approaches.