General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title How to plan professional career - tips for young scientists
Language English
Module lecturer dr Jagna Chmielowska-Bąk
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position assistant professor
Faculty Faculty of Biology
Semester 2023/2024 (winter)
Duration 20


The course consists of 10 meetings:

29.11  (Wednesday), 9:45-11:15, room A

06.12 (Wednesday), 8:00-9:30, room B

07.12 (Thursday), 11:30-13:00, room PARTER

13.12 (Wednesday), 8:00-9:30, room B

14.12 (Thursday), 11:30-13:00, room PARTER

20.12-31.01 (Wedsdays), 13:1-14:45, room B

Module aim (aims)

The course consists in five workshops with strong emphasis on the acquisition of practical skills, which will help in the development of scientific career.

The specific aims include:

- specification of interests and creating a career plan

- finding of work/traineeship opportunities

- preperation of document for recruitment

- development of the communication/scientific communicaiton skills

- writing of team scientifc project

The participants will be evaluated on the basis of  five practical assessments.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)


Week 1: Career planning:• Finding research interests• Stages of scientific career in Europe• Other career opportunities• Personal Education/Career Plan

Week 2: Looking for new opportunities.• Where to look for summer schools, traineeship and PhD offers? • How to apply?• Tips for scientific CV

Week 3:Scientific communication.• Introduction to communication• Personalities and roles in communication• Scientific discussion• New tools for scientific communication: Facebook, Twitter, ResearchGate, Academia

Week 4: Presenting data: posters, presentations, publications• Tips and tricks for preparation of posters and presentation.• Scientific publications: types, structure, impact factor, altmetrics • Tips for writing popular scientific and scientific articles

Week 5: Writing scientific projects. • Finding project funding • General tips for project writing

Reading list

1. Fischoff B., 2013. “The sciences of science communication”. PNAS 110: 14033-14039.

2. Mathews J.R. and Mathews R.W., 2008. “Successful Scientific Writing. A step-by-step guide for biological and medical science sciences”. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge 2008.

3. McGee P., 2009. “How to write a CV that works”. Published by How To Content. Oxford 2009.

4. “ERC Working Program 2017”. European Research Council established by the European Research Commission.