The Welcome Center at GFZ helps international researchers and their families before and during their stay in Berlin/Potsdam, giving comprehensive information, individual advice and bureaucratic support including visa | residence permit | renting an apartment | place in kindergarten | school | registration with official notice of departure to the local Citizen Services Office | insurances and more.
Walk-in hours Monday 10.00-12.00 & 13.00-17.00 | Wednesday 10.00-14.00 and by appointment. The Welcome Center at the Telegrafenberg is located in building A34, room 207.
Technology Transfer and the Career Center collaborate to provide young scientists with the best possible advice and navigation on acquiring entrepreneurial skills - as for a spin-off on the basis of own scientific results, an industrial career, a career in a research department or in management. Additionally, Technology transfer will guide you in evaluating the commercial potential of your research results or software, in developing your inventions into patents and licenses and will support you in starting projects with industry.
The GFZ Project Office supports young researchers in the application process and the organisation of EU funded projects. For example winning an ERC grant or a Marie Curie fellowship is a prestigious step within an academic career. The proposal service of the GFZ Project Office includes advice on thematic issues, proposal writing, preparation and review of budgets and project plans.
The Postdoc Representatives represent the interests of all postdoctoral candidates at the GFZ who have a fixed-term employment contract. They aim to be the point of contact for questions and problems, to promote the networking of postdocs and to assist in career planning - in cooperation with the Career Center.
Geo.X is the geoscientific competence network in Berlin and Potsdam. Shape your career by joining the self-organized Geo.X early career section, network with other research fellows in Potsdam and Berlin, find suitable workshops and events to develop your own career path.
Do you plan to start an international project and need initial funding? Or, are you interested in a stipend/grant/scholarship for scientists, PhD candidates or Postdocs? The team of the International Office helps with the application process and finds suitable cooperation partners.
- Welcome Center
- Technology Transfer
- Project Office
- Postdoc Representatives
- International Office
For self-organized learning or sleepless nights, we have a short list of interesting online resources like courses, moocs, career blogs.
Coursera | edX | Harvard Online Learning | MIT open courseware | Stanford Online | Mooc House | MOOC List - MOOC and online courses search data base | Individual Development Plan | The Professor is in (Blog) | How to write a research plan
German language courses
The GFZ German language courses are our evergreens!
New courses usually start at the beginning of the year and after the summer holidays.
Ask for a placement test and free course places.