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Transferable skills training

The Graduate Center and the Research Academy Ruhr offer transferable skills training specifically tailored to the requirements of the postdoc phase. In addition to transferable skills workshops, postdocs also have access to career orientation events and a mentoring program for female scientists free of charge.

Whether in everyday work in research and teaching, or as preparation for the next career step: transferable skills are an important element for professional success in the postdoc phase. This includes, for example, efficient project management for long-term research projects, dealing with initial management tasks, or the successful acquisition of third-party funding.

Transferable skills workshops for postdocs

Within the Research Academy Ruhr, the Graduate Center TU Dortmund University offers a series of cross-location workshops in which you can deepen your transferable skills. The program is tailored to your needs and includes the following main topics:

  • Leadership, supervision, and management skills
  • Communicate, network, negotiate
  • Acquisition of third-party funding
  • Careers within and outside of academia
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The transferable skills program is continuously developed and expanded to meet your needs. If you would like to discuss a topic that we do not offer yet, please contact us and send us an e-mail.


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Formats for transferable skills training of the RAR

In addition to the UA Ruhr-wide workshop program, the Research Academy Ruhr (RAR) offers a number of unique formats that combine the offerings of consulting, transferable skills training, and networking:

Further services at the TU Dortmund University

Academic staff members of the TU Dortmund University benefit from the comprehensive range of academic teaching offered by the Center for Higher Education (zhb). Whether you are designing a new seminar, preparing exams, or conducting personal discussions with students – the zhb courses support you in your teaching tasks.

The zhb also offers advanced training in teaching specially tailored to the needs of young academics:

We especially recommend the certificate program “Professionelle Lehrkompetenz für die Hochschule” (“Professioanl teaching competence for the university”; available only in German so far). The program was developed within the Netzwerk Hochschuldidaktik NRW (“Network of University Didactics NRW”; website available only in German), comprises at least 200 work units, takes place in modules, and concludes with a nationally recognized certificate. Detailed information can be found on the zhb-website (available only in German).

Postdocs wishing to improve their foreign language skills will find a comprehensive program with courses in 13 modern languages at the Department of Foreign Languages of the zhb.

For international postdoctoral researchers, tailor-made formats are offered under the title “German for International PhD Students and Postdocs”.

You can find a list of all courses, and the registration portal on the website of the Department of Foreign Languages of the zhb.

The Center for Higher Education (zhb) publishes a new program of in-house continuing education once every six months. Whether executive development, project management, or the right body language: employees of the TU Dortmund University are offered a wide range of qualification opportunities. You can find an overview of the continuing education programs on the website of the Department of Continuing Education of the zhb.


Postdocs receive support from the Centre for Statistical Consulting and Analysis (SBAZ) for questions concerning statistical methods. An overview of the services offered can be found on the SBAZ website.

The zhb regularly offers an introduction to multivariate data analysis with R (in German only).

The TU Dortmund University is a pacesetter for innovation and supports researchers in the implementation of their ideas – whether it is applying for a patent or founding their own company. With the Science and Technology Campus Dortmund, one of the largest technology parks in Europe exists in the direct vicinity of the university.

You can find all information on the support offered at the Center for Entrepreneurship & Transfer.

Contact persons

The coordinators of the respective programs will be happy to answer any questions or suggestions you may have regarding the transferable skills training program:

Further services for Postdocs