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Get That Job After Your Doctorate! – Applying & Interviewing for Positions in Industry and Research – Online Course


01. March 2024
08. March 2024


This online workshop, designed specifically for doctoral candidates and recent doctoral graduates, focuses on the distinctive aspects of applying for jobs in industry and in research worldwide in English. It provides training in navigating selected stages of that process, including creating your curriculum vitae and cover letter and presenting yourself convincingly in the interview. We'll examine sample CVs and cover letters (including ones which are real and were successful), exploring them for strengths as well as for what they reveal about differences between applications for industry and those for short-term research positions such as post-docs. In breakout rooms, you'll work with fellow participants in pairs and small groups to do short exercises and role-plays with feedback from your trainer. The virtual format also provides the perfect platform for gaining experience with interviewing online. The workshop is held in English by a native speaker.

Follow-up option: CV and cover-letter check. One week after our workshop, interested participants will have the opportunity to have their CV and/or cover letter checked in individual consultations with the trainer. This extension gives you the chance to apply principles discussed in our workshop to your own written materials and receive feedback. Appointments can be arranged at the end of our workshop.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • You are, by examining selected aspects of the curriculum vitae, familiar with principles which can help you make your own CV clearer and more compelling (presentation input, handout, discussion, feedback).
  • You have an overview of formal matters relevant when writing a cover letter as well as insights into choosing and structuring the letter’s content effectively (presentation input, handout).
  • You are able to present yourself more confidently and convincingly in English-language interviews (presentation input, role-plays, feedback).
  • You are aware of several resources you can explore for positions (handout).

Didactic Methods

Trainer input, exploration of examples, small-group exercise, whole-class discussion, role-plays with feedback, analysis of individual application materials with feedback


To participate in the online course, you need a PC/laptop with a current browser (recommended: Chrome or Firefox) as well as a headset (or speakers and a microphone), a webcam, and a stable Internet connection.

Proficiency in English at the B2 level of competency is required.


March 1, 2024, 9 am–5 pm, and
March 8, 2024, 2 pm–5 pm (individual consultations)

Target Group

Doctoral candidates and postdocs from all disciplines


Maximum number of 8 participants
Internal 25 EUR
External 75 EUR


Please register until February 15, 2024 using the online registration form.


Andrew Cerniski

Event Organizer

MArburg University Research Academy (MARA)
Doctoral Program for Life and Natural Sciences