Career Coaching

[Translate to English:] Das Wort Coaching mit Scrabblesteinen

As part of the Academic Skills Training, postdoctoral researchers and university lecturers have the opportunity to apply for career coaching.
In addition, this option is open for cooperative doctoral candidates (details see under "Target groups").

Please use the online form under "Registration" for a coaching request.

Please note the information below before applying for coaching.

Most coaching sessions take place online. If you would like coaching to take place in person, please let us know separately.
Unfortunately, travel costs cannot be covered.


Career coaching is intended to support and strengthen postdocs (from submission of the dissertation; at least one year at UE) and university lecturers in their academic career planning. Career coaching can deal with a wide range of topics related to the academic career, for example

  • Career planning
  • Applying for a professorship
  • Reconciling an academic career and family
  • Taking on leadership tasks
  • Crises in the research process and how to overcome them
  • Self-positioning/ strengthening self-confidence in the work context
  • Improving self- and time management
  • Creating a healthy work-life balance
  • Special challenges of cooperative doctorates

The coaching pool also includes coaches who specialise in career coaching for women.

Target groups

Postdoctoral researchers are persons who have submitted their dissertation. In addition, a stay at the University of Erfurt of at least one year should be guaranteed.
University lecturers refers to teachers from the postdoc phase onwards. In addition to professors and junior professors, teaching staff for special tasks who work at the University of Erfurt for a longer period of time (at least 3 semesters) and lecturers who are members of the University of Erfurt in accordance with § 21 Para. 1 Sentence 4 ThürHG can also take advantage of teaching coaching.

In addition, doctoral candidates who do a cooperative doctorate can apply for individual coaching.
(cooperation between the University of Erfurt and the University of Applied Sciences or cooperation between the University of Erfurt and a non-university research institution). The focus of the coaching should be on the special challenges of cooperative doctorates.

The offer is only open to members and affiliates of the University of Erfurt.


If you are interested in a coaching, please fill out the form below "Request for an individual coaching".
After receiving your request we will inform you whether a coaching can take place. If we accept your request, you will receive suggestions from us as to who could be a possible coach. You contact your favorite for a meeting (several potential coaches can also be contacted). Afterwards you tell us your preference and we will take care of the contractual arrangements. As soon as this is done, you can arrange appointments with the coach.

A maximum of 5 coaching sessions of 60 minutes each can be financed.
The application for another coaching is possible 12 months after the completion of a first coaching. However, these must be on different topics.

After all sessions you hand in the documentation formto us.

You can take the entire coaching process from this chart (only available in German)

Your request will of course be treated with absolute confidentiality both during the application and the coaching process!


Request for individual coaching
Please note that an individual coaching includes up to 5 sessions (60 minutes each).
Data protection information

Please note the protection information for Coachings.


Employee, a.o. Competence-Oriented Personnel Development for Academics
(President's Office and Staff Unit University Development)
Verwaltungsgebäude / Room 1.41