Mentor Program for Academia 2023


Are you navigating the complex terrain of postdoc or faculty applications in academia? Do you crave insightful feedback on your career trajectory? Are you overwhelmed by numerous opportunities slipping through your fingers? We understand your challenges, and that’s why we’ve crafted a mentor program tailored just for you!

Why Choose ETAST’s Mentor Program?

  • Expert Guidance: Receive invaluable insights from seasoned academics to enhance your application strategies and career path.
  • Interactive Workshops: Engage in dynamic mock interviews, peer reviews, and more at our exciting two-day event hosted at TU Dortmund, Germany.
  • Tailored Feedback: Get personalized advice on your CV, research/teaching statements, and publication list to make your application shine.
  • Cost-Free Experience: Enjoy all these benefits without any financial burden! Our program is entirely free for ETAST members seeking their next academic positions.

To make the most of this opportunity, prepare in advance!

  • Find Your Ideal Vacancy: Explore openings on portals like EURAXESS to identify positions aligning with your aspirations.
  • Document Preparation: Craft compelling CVs, research/teaching statements, and publication lists. We’ll help you polish them further!
  • Create a Powerful Presentation: Devise an outline for a 30-minute scientific presentation about your achievements and aspirations. Learn to captivate your audience effectively!

Don’t miss this chance to transform your academic journey! Join us and empower yourself with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in academia. Seize this opportunity, and let your academic dreams take flight! 🎓✨

Spaces are limited, so secure your spot now!

After registration, you will receive a link to upload your archive by 25.10.2023! Should you have further questions, please leave your messages at the Discord server of ETAST.


Tentative Agenda

Nov. 04Activities
12:00 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 15:00Workshop 1: Preparing for an application
  • Review job description and requirements

  • Discuss strategies for tailoring your application materials

  • Group activities: Peers and mentor review of your application and cover letter based on the job announcement that the participants select (grouped by topics)
15:00 – 15:30Coffee break
15:30 – 17:00Workshop 2: Preparing for an interview
  • How to prepare for the research (and teaching) presentations and the best practices for answering common interview questions

  • Mock interview practice with feedback

  • Group activities: Strategies for preparation (grouped by career stage)
Nov. 05Activities
09:00 –
Workshop 3: Difficulties of being a foreigner
  • Culture of the research group and the department

  • Building relationships with colleagues

  • Communication using a foreign language
10:30 –
Coffee break
11:00 –
Peers and personal mentoring
  • Conflicts handling with mismatched supervision style

  • Discrimination on professions

  • Strategies for networking
12:30 –
Closing session
13:00Lunch and farewell

Your Mentors

Hsin-Fang Chang

Group Leader, University of Saarland

Kuan-Hsun Chen

Assistant Professor, University of Twente

Tsu-Wei Chen

Professor, Humboldt University of Berlin

Chih-Jen Shih

Associate Professor, ETH Zürich

Jian-Jia Chen

Professor, TU Dortmund

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