Individual career coaching

yDiv offers external one-to-one coachings to promote your individual career development and get a fresh and external perspective on your career plans and work situation.

Please note that the career coaching is only available to members of the yDiv Graduate School and the iDiv Postdoc Programme. This offer cannot be used by external parties.

The coaches provide support in specific and individual career questions, e.g. career in and outside academia, competence analysis, working abroad, feedback on application documents, self-management or supervision and leadership. Specific topics and goals of the coaching will be set together with the coach. The meetings take place online.

What is coaching?

Coaching is a form of consulting that is individually tailored to the goals and needs of the coachee (=coaching participant). The coach does not simply provide solutions, but works out approaches to solutions together with the coachee in structured discussions. The coach accompanies and supports the coachee in reflecting on and implementing these approaches. Individual performance and a healthy way of working are thus promoted.

Our coaching offer targets the specifics and challenges of working in science as well as personal career development.

All our coaches have many years of experience in coaching and consulting and have completed certified coaching training.

How it works

Choose a coach who suits your needs best from the list below.

Contact the yDiv coordination ( to register for the programme and name the coach.

yDiv will inform the coach about your registration and the coach will contact you to make an online appointment.

The first session takes 30 minutes and focuses on getting to know each other and setting the topics and goals for the coaching. However, if any problems or doubts occur during your coaching, please contact yDiv.

You arrange further meetings with the coach individually (up to 4 hours in total funded by yDiv).

If you want to continue with the coaching beyond that, you can book further meetings with your coach on a self-pay basis (own arrangement). In justified cases, yDiv may continue paying to a certain extend. Contact yDiv for more information.



Ludmilla Aufurth

Field of expertise

  • Person-centered and value-oriented career development
  • New work, empowerment, and psychological wellbeing
  • Sustainable development of human potential
  • Evidence based personnel and organizational diagnostics
  • Leadership, role definition and conflict management within organizations
  • Dealing with change and workplace complexity on individual- and group-level

Ludmilla Aufurth is a certified systemic coach and career expert with 10 years of experience in training and career coaching in the private and public sector. She studied Sociology, Social and Behavioral Sciences and European Labor Studies in the Netherlands, Germany and Italy. After working several years at the Career Service department at Freie Universität Berlin and as a freelancer
in training and career coaching, Ludmilla is currently responsible for the career coaching at the executive department Career Center and Scientific Training at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Coaching in German and English

Dr Nadine Binder

Field of expertise

  • Identifying strengths, competences, goals, and values
  • Time and self-management
  • Life-work balance and healthy boundaries
  • Dealing with stress
  • Dealing with self-doubt, anxiety & pressure to perform
  • Conflict management
  • Career coaching: career orientation & decision-making, with a focus on careers outside academia
  • Dealing with diversity, leading international teams
  • Intercultural coaching, living and working in Germany
  • Coaching women in science

Nadine Binder is a coach, facilitator, and lecturer specialized in mental health awareness and well-being, stress management and resilience, psychological safety and work culture, Personal Leadership and personality development, time- and self-management, intercultural communication and intercultural competencies, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB). Since having completed her PhD in psychology, she has started working with doctoral and early career researchers to support their personality development, self- and stress-management skills, and resilience. She is a certified trainer, trained Co-Active coach, and Senior Facilitator of Personal Leadership. Website

Coaching in German and English

Dr Alexander Egeling

Field of Expertise

  • Individual strengths
  • Networking
  • Self-marketing
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Time and project management
  • Conflict management

Alexander Egeling studied and worked at universities as well as in the industry abroad, e.g. in Germany, Australia, and Canada. He is a certified professional coach and has over 10 years of experience working with young professionals, especially from the academic sector. Website (in German only)

Coaching in German and English

Dr Dorothee Kaiser

Field of expertise

  • Career Coaching inside and outside of Academia
  • Leadership in Science
  • Women in Leadership
  • Leading diverse and international teams
  • Team Building and Team Management
  • Work-Life-Balance
  • Conflict Management
  • Self and Time Management

Dorothee Kaiser is a multilingual and certified Business and Career coach who supports executives and leaders in corporate and academic contexts. Combining her long experience abroad with her academic background as a linguist, she works playfully and effectively with her clients on leadership and career challenges with a strong focus on solution and activating resources. She develops new perspectives with creative methods and uses different tools and approaches depending on the individual needs of the client. Results of her work are more clarity in the leadership role, a stronger self-confidence and more transparency in processes and structures. Besides her work as coach and facilitator, she teaches Intercultural Management at ESB Business School, Reutlingen University. Website

Coaching in German, English, Spanish and French

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 and values
  • Feedback on application documents

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

Coaching in German and English

Dr Kerstin Mauth

Field of expertise

  • Career development inside and outside of academia
  • Leadership skills for young leaders in academia
  • Self-leadership and personal development
  • Following through
  • Building resilience
  • Stress management
  • Mindfulness and meditation
  • Imposter syndrome

Kerstin Mauth is a coach, facilitator, and trainer specialized in leadership, self-leadership, mental health, stress management, mindfulness, and psychological safety. She is a certified coach, mindful leadership trainer, and psychological safety consultant and has 20+ years of work experience in the academic system. Her work is inspired by bringing out the best in people. She is deeply convinced that every person wants to make a contribution and strives to fully unfold their potential. In her work, she supports people to discover what has meaning for them and to take consistent and authentic action towards it. Every person has their own answers and she considers it her job to help them see these answers clearly – especially in times of challenge, doubt or uncertainty. In her coaching and workshops, she creates a trustful space that invites people to explore, practice and discuss new insights and learnings in different areas of professional development. People walk away with a sense of confidence, optimism and empowerment. Website

Coaching in German, English and Dutch

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, 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

Coaching in German and English

Dr Katia Vlachos

Field of expertise

  • Compatibility of career and family
  • Career abroad
  • Settling-in phase and dealing with challenges
  • Life goals and values
  • Self-presentation
  • Career outside of academia
  • Mobile and digital working


Katia Vlachos is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, supporting her globally mobile clients as they navigate transitions, including international moves, career change, reinvention and identity issues, and design a thriving life abroad. Katia is also the author of A Great Move: Surviving and Thriving in Your Expat Assignment (LID Publishing, 2018). She’s a researcher and policy analyst by training, with a Master’s from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Ph.D. from the RAND Corporation. A Greek by birth, and an expat for the past 25 years, she has lived in 8 cities, 7 countries and 3 continents – so far.Website

Coaching in English


Additional coaching offers for iDiv Senior Scientists and Junior Research Group Leaders

Dr Irene Nagel-Jachmann

Field of expertise

  • Leading with and without being in charge
  • Female leadership
  • Creating a vision of yourself as a leader
  • Leading diverse teams
  • Team building, motivation, values, and culture
  • Communication in conflict situations
  • Personal development
  • Work-life integration, self and time management

Dr. Irene Nagel-Jachmann is a psychologist with international work experience as scientist, lecturer and science manager. As a trainer (hfp consulting) and systemic coach (Institut für systemische Beratung Wiesloch) she specializes on working with scientific leaders and is a member of the science coaching network 'Coachingnetz Wissenschaft‘. In her coaching Irene Nagel supports her clients in a deep yet playful process leading to a greater understanding of self and others, and to clarity of ways forward by building on the resources of each individual and context. Website

Coaching in German and English

Dr Silke Oehrlein-Karpi

Field of expertise (selection)

  • Individual career strategies on the pathway toward academic independence
  • Self-presentation & visibility
  • Individual network approaches
  • Micropolitics & committee work
  • Self-confidence - Overcoming perfectionism & impostor-self-concept
  • Management responsibilities
  • Personality-oriented leadership styles
  • Supervision of master & PhD students
  • Handling of conflicts & crises


Dr. Silke Oehrlein-Karpi has been working as a coach and a trainer for scientists since 2008. Before becoming a coach, she led a project group for the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 490 at the JGU Mainz. During those 10 years she worked as a biologist in the field of medical basic research and gained a lot of experience in setting up and successfully leading scientific projects. In terms of her current work, she uses her longterm “insider knowledge” combined with her resource-oriented and diversity-related coaching perspective on individuals. She is a member of the Coachingnetz Wissenschaft e.V. Her group coaching workshops inspire, motivate and empower the participants in order to improve their confidence and assertiveness regarding upcoming work situations and projects. Website

Coaching in German and English

Ulrike Krumrey
Postdoctoral Programme Coordinator 

Room: A.00.19
Phone: +49 341 9733267

Dr Nicole Sachmerda-Schulz
Graduate School Coordinator

Room: A.00.19
Phone: +49 341 9733125


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