Career days 2016

In the fall we will host the 2016 VBC Career days, specially targeted for PhD Students and Postdocs from IMP/IMBA/GMI*. 

This year there will be two main events:

Oct 25-26 | Workshop on "Career Planning:You and your career – what next?"

Nov 18 | Career Symposium

Workshop "Career Planning: You and your career – what next?"

Workshop "Career Planning: You and your career – what next?"

Consultant: Sarah Blakford (

Dates: October 25 (14-18h) and October 26 (9-13h), 2016

Target audience: PhD students (in their 3rd or 4th year) and Postdocs who need support with career planning

Number of participants: 30

Self-awareness is a key characteristic of high performers and plays an important role in realising a successful career. In an increasingly competitive academic job market, it is vital that postdoctoral researchers and PhD students take a proactive approach to their careers so that they can maximize their chances to achieve career success. 

This workshop begins with self-analysis and personal effectiveness, including the opportunity for you to examine more closely your role as a researcher. You will undertake self-analysis exercises and use this information to reflect on your own situation and identify opportunities and strengths, including the influence of personality, interests and values on patterns of communication, working style and career choice. We will map this information onto the job market, using real opportunities in the academic and non-academic job sectors to analyse what employers want and how to promote yourself effectively to realise a successful outcome. 

Workshop outcomes

At the end of the workshop, participants will:

  1. understand the role of a researcher and its associated strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats;
  2. be more self-aware in terms of skills, personality and work values;
  3. be more informed about the career planning process and the factors associated with career decision making;
  4. be more familiar with different job markets and know where to look for academic and non-academic opportunities;
  5. be able to identify their individual career development needs;
  6. formulate a SMART personal action plan and have resources to take away. 

To register please send an email to Ines Crisostomo (ines.crisostomo AT, with the following information: Name; Group; Start date (in institute).

Career Symposium

During this day you will have the opportunity to listen, and ask questions, to a variety of speakers following different non-academic (but research- or science-related) career paths. No registration required. 


November 18 | 13h - 17h

GMI/IMBA Lecture Hall


13:00-13:15 Opening: Welcome & Introduction

13:15-13:45 Vienna Biocenter

Speaker: Ines Crisostomo Scientific Training Coordinator 

13:45-14:15 Bayer AG, Germany

Speaker: Michael Metzlaff Head of Innovation Relations 


14:15-14:45 Coffee Break 


14:45-15:15 Boehringer Ingelheim RCV GmbH & Co KG

Speaker: Dave Martin European Patent Attorney 

15:15-15:45 Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Spain

Speaker: Michela Bertero, Head of International and Scientific Affairs

15:45-16:15 Borealis Group, Borealis AG, Austria

Speaker: Markus Horcher Director Quality & PPMO 


16:15 – open end Wine & Cheese

Organising committee: 

Peter Bönelt (PhD Student, IMP); Angelika Czedik-Eysenberg (Postdoc, GMI); Friederike Schlumm (PhD Student, IMP); Iris Uribesalgo (Postdoc, IMBA) with Carmen Huegel (Human Resources, GMI) and Inês Crisóstomo (Scientific Training Coordinator, IMP/IMBA/GMI) 

For further inquiries please contact Ines Crisostomo ines.crisostomo(at) 

 * The MFPL will organise a career day with workshops in 2017.