Individual Career Coaching



Course Dates


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June - December 2020

1-3 sessions, max. 4.5 hours in total


yDiv offers external coachings to promote the individual career development of iDiv doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in addition to the supervision by their PIs.

The coaches provide support in specific career questions, e.g. career in and outside academia, competence analysis or feedback on application documents. Specific topics and goals of the coaching will be set together with the coach. Coaching topics are treated absolutely confidential by the coach.

The coaching is offered by external professionals on an individual basis and one-to-one. The meetings take place online.

Target group: Doctoral researchers (yDiv members) and postdoctoral researchers at iDiv

How it works

  1. From the list below, choose a coach who suits your needs best.
  2. Contact the yDiv coordination ( to register for the programme and name the coach (your registration will be treated absolutely confidential and you don't have to justify your registration).
  3. yDiv will inform the coach about your registration and the coach will contact you to make an online appointment.
  4. The first session ususally focuses on getting to know each other and setting the topics and goals for the coaching. If you prefer, you can also just get feedback on your application documents.
  5. You can arrange further meetings with the coach individually (up to 4.5 hours in total).


Dr. Julia Lindenmair

Field of expertise:

  • Career planning/career strategies in and outside academia
  • Self-marketing
  • Compatibility of career and family
  • Work organisation


Dr. Julia Lindenmair is certified as a systemic coach and has been working as a freelance professional trainer and coach for junior and senior managers in the science sector at various universities and research institutions since 2006. She was a group leader at Forschungszentrum Jülich in the environmental field and later in science management as a coordinator for career development measures for doctoral students at Humboldt University in Berlin. She is a working mother of two children. Website

Remarks: Coaching only in German

Dr. Iris Köhler

Field of expertise:

  • Career paths in science and outside
  • Career exploration
  • Networking and positioning
  • Competence-based career counseling including analysis of competences based on the scientifically evaluated Kompetenzenbilanz® method
  • Life-goals & values
  • Feedback on application documents


Dr. Iris Köhler is a certified career coach and trainer and experienced scientist. She studied agricultural sciences at the Technical University of Munich and received her doctorate there in 2013. After a postdoctoral stay in the United States (2014 - 2016), she switched to science management and coordinated the graduate school of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig (2017-2019). In 2018 she founded her own coaching and training company "The Scientist Coach”. She knows the challenges that doctoral researchers are facing when it comes to career planning and enjoys helping them to develop their own career path - in or outside academia. Website

Remarks: Coaching in German and English

Dr. Matthias Schwarzkopf

Field of expertise:

  • Planning a career in science
  • Job search and planning of non-scientific careers
  • Positioning
  • Applications for jobs
  • Feedback on application documents
  • Compatibility of work and family life
  • Strengths/weaknesses analysis

Specialising in the field of universities and public service, Dr. Matthias Schwarzkopf offers further education and coaching especially for professors and managers at universities, for young scientists and for students. He offers all topics that are necessary for a career in science and work in the university sector. Since 2015 he has been exclusively working as a freelance coach, trainer and moderator. Website

Remarks: Coaching in German and English

Dr. Petra Pandur

Field of Expertise:

  • Career Planning inside and outside of academia
  • Career Goals, Life Goals
  • Self-Management
  • Time Management


As a certified systemic coach, PD Dr. Petra Pandur offers personal coachings to PhD students, Postdocs, Group Leaders and Professors. Originally, PD Dr. Petra Pandur studied biology, and her academic career includes more than 10 years of experience as a group leader in the life sciences. Having experienced the different steps in an academic career herself, and having transitioned from academia to private enterprise, she supports her clients in discovering their individual professional path. Website (in German only):

Remarks: Coaching in German and English

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