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Neue Vortragsreihe am 28.01.2020: „My postdoc abroad – career perspectives for doctoral researchers“

We are very happy to continue our new series of open and informal seminar discussions „My postdoc abroad – career perspectives for doctoral researchers“. We aim to offer you a range of ideas, how to organize a postdoc-stay abroad after achieving your doctoral degree. We will focus on several different aspects during these talks.

Especially doctoral candidates are invited to develop ideas for their own career. After a short input-talk, we would like to create an informal and open atmosphere so that everyone poses any question concerning the academic career.

Next talk on January 28th, 2020 from 6pm – 8pm: 
•    „My postdoc abroad – dual career and third-party funding“ with Dr. Eunike Piwoni (and PD Dr. Florian Töpfl via video-chat)
•    Venue: 91058 Erlangen, Martensstr. 1, RRZE, Room 2.049
•    Registration

How to build an academic career AND have a family? Eunike Piwoni and Florian Töpfl are a successful dual career couple in academia. They have extensive experience in the acquisition of third party funding, at both the national and European level (Marie Curie, Emmy Noether, ERC Consolidator Grant, Thyssen, DFG Research Fellowship). In addition, they are parents of two children, ages 3 and 7.

We are happy to give you the opportunity to chat with them. In a very informal way, Eunike (and Florian via video-chat) will share their experiences, hopes and fears of the past 10 years with you to give you an idea of what is possible (and what is not), what it takes to be both a parent and an academic and why they believe that, in their case, third-party funding was crucial to having both – two careers in academia and a family.


Eunike Piwoni did her doctoral degree in sociology at a DFG-RTG at Bamberg University. While studying  for her degree she spent nine months as a visiting scholar at Columbia University in the City of New York. In 2013, she received a Research Fellowship by the DFG to work on a project at the London School of Economics (LSE) and Goldsmiths’ College. Back to Germany, she got a position as „Akademische Rätin“ at Göttingen University where she is pursuing her habilitation.

Florian Töpfl received his doctoral degree in political science from Passau University. In the academic year of 2009/2010 he was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship by Columbia University. Funded by the Thyssen Stiftung, he then worked as a Postdoc at LMU. From 2012-2014, he was a Marie Curie Fellow at the LSE, before he successfully applied for an Emmy Noether Research Group (DFG) based at FU Berlin. He received his habilitation in 2017 from LMU. In 2018, he successfully applied for an ERC Consolidator Grant. Eunike and Florian were now offered two permanent positions (Akademische Rätin and W3-Professorship) at a German University.

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