Mission Statement

In 2017, the Leibniz PostDoc Network was founded to provide a communication platform for all postdoctoral researchers in the Leibniz Association, thereby giving them a distinctive and united voice.

The most sensitive stage in a researcher’s career is the one following the completion of the PhD. In this phase, researchers face a multitude of challenges in their professional and private lives. They usually pursue additional research, training, or teaching in order to improve the skills required in academia or industry.

The overall aims of the network are:

  • fostering and support of postdocs in their career development and
  • advocating shared values and improving the scientific culture.

Two spokespersons, Dr Mine Altinli (BNITM) and Dr Peter Amer Arrabiyeh (IVW) and two working group coordinators per working group have been elected to represent the Leibniz PostDoc Network.

For the period of 2023-2024, there are seven working groups that focus on current topical issues within the network. They suggest and implement next steps concerning the following topics:

  • Survey
  • Communication
  • Infrastructure
  • Work & health
  • Career Development
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Sustainability

The core topics covered in the working groups may change over time, new topical focuses can be suggested at every annual meeting and will be voted on. Working groups are open to all postdocs in the Leibniz Association. If you want to join a working group, please do so by contacting the spokespersons and the working group coordinators.

Spokespersons and Working Groups