Mentoring Program TANDEMplus


Career Management for female Postdocs in the Natural and Engineering Sciences

Claudia Fahlbusch

TANDEMplus Mentoring Program is a cooperation of RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich within the framework of JARA, the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance. TANDEMplus aims at highly qualified female natural scientists and engineering scientists of both institutions with first professional experience as postdoc. Participants of TANDEMplus will be encouraged to aspire leading positions in science and research.



Dr. Daniela Wilmes

Coordination of the Program


+49 241 80 90635





Julia Dreher

Contact Person FZ Jülich


+49 2461 61 6450



Content and Aims

TANDEMplus Mentoring Program accompagnies female postdocs in natural and engineering sciences to develop their potential and to strategically plan and shape their career at universities, non-university research facilities or in industry. Each program cycle runs approximately one year and combines three areas of further development. It includes one-to-one mentoring, a training program for advancing professional and personal development, as well as information and networking events devoted to career related topics.
The number of participants is limited to 18. The workshop language is German, good passive language skills are sufficient. The mentoring tandems choose their working language themselves.

Program Modules

Due to their individual aims each mentee will be given the opportunity to select her personal male or female mentor.

Different workshops are based on the specific needs of the target group and offer a range of possibilities of qualifying as well as opportunities to get feedback.

The contact within the peer group extends the network and supports the mentees.

The one-year program cycle includes the mentee’s participation in kick-off and closing events, discussions and the evaluation program.

Benefit for the Mentees

  • Strategic incentives for the individual development of their career
  • Structuring and concretization of their professional targets
  • Extension of relevant career competencies and individual key skills
  • Acquirement of knowledge about structures, processes and informal rules in science
  • Advancement of their own interdisciplinary networks

Application Deadline 2017

October 02 to November 07, 2017

Interviews: Calendar Week 47/48 (RWTH); Calendar Week 49 (FZ Jülich)

Start of the Program: January 22, 2018


Application information and procedure

Applicants must be postdoctoral employees of RWTH Aachen University or Forschungszentrum Jülich.

Required documents

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Executive summary of the current research activities
  • List of scientific publications and achievements
  • Letter of reference of the supervising person

Please submit your application - in electronic or in paper form - to the program's coordinator. Applicants of Forschungszentrum Jülich please contact first the local contact person.

The selection for the program is made by an admission commitee on the basis of a personal interview.
Please find above (yellow post-it) more information about the closing date for applications .


Conditions of Participation for Mentees

  1. Commitment in establishing the mentorship
  2. Obligatory participation in the program's events
  3. Participation in the program's evaluation
  4. Participation fee: 150 Euro

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