Postdoc Initiative MPIPZ (PIM)

Introducing PIM

The Postdoc Initiative at the MPIPZ (PIM) has the interests of the 80-odd postdocs of the institute at heart. Because it is organised by postdocs for postdocs, the PIM’s mission is to provide activities that are specifically geared to the professional advancement of postdocs.

The PIM committee meets once a month. All postdocs are more than welcome to join. The meetings are announced by emails to all postdocs.

What we offer

We organise courses and workshops, both scientific (e.g. bioinformatics, metabolic and gene expression profiling) and extra-scientific (e.g. scientific writing, job interviews, project management), to develop skills that are relevant for your current work as well as your future career.

As part of a regular career perspective seminar series, we invite scientists who work in different fields. For example, a science editor, a company researcher, or a scientist-turned-patent-lawyer might visit us to tell us about their career and their profession.

Postdocs have the opportunity to invite external speakers for the institute’s weekly seminar series. Each year, every department invites at least one speaker. The postdocs contribute to the decision whom to invite, through consultation with the department’s PIM representatives.

 We need your input

For us to cater optimally to your needs, we need your input. Do you know of a particular course that you would be interested in? Do you know a scientist whom we could invite to tell us about his/her career path, or would you like to invite somebody from a particular profession? Please don’t hesitate to share your suggestions with us. Write an email to pim[a]

 How to stay informed

Much more is planned, and we will keep you informed via this website as well as the postdoc mailing list. The postdoc mailing list is the most important communication channel through which the PIM will communicate to the postdocs, and announce upcoming courses, job offers, etc. If you are a postdoc and have not signed up yet, please do so under the following link. Don’t forget to reply to the message that you will receive after subscribing, since only then you will be actually signed up!

The easiest way to get informed is to talk to your postdoc colleagues and contact the PIM coordinators.


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