Leipzig Science Network

The network of Leipzig's research institutions

Coffee Conversations – Post-doctoral non-academic career paths


Doctorate – and then...?
Exploring nonacademic career paths for doctorate holding scientists

Post-doctoral career paths can vary widely, both within and outside academia. 

The event series “Coffee Conversations” offers you the opportunity to discuss career options with former scientists, who pursued a career outside of academia. Invited speakers will reflect on their career paths and experiences, and will explain their approach to career planning after finishing their dissertation.

After a brief presentation by our guest, we will give you the opportunity to ask your questions. We will discuss goals and experiences related to the time after defending a dissertation. All questions about career ideas and choices are welcome.

This series is organized by the Leipzig Science Network and Leipzig University (Academic Staff Development at the Department of Research and Transfer & the Initiative TalentTransfer at the Career Services).


Events in 2021

1st Date

Presentation on February 17th, 2021

Location: Online


Speaker: Dr. Doychin Stanchev
Dr. Doychin Stanchev studied pharmacology in Sofia, Bulgaria. He obtained his doctorate from Leipzig University (Faculty of Medicine, Rudolf Boehm Institute for Pharmacology and Toxicology). Afterwards, he worked as a post-doc at the University of California San Francisco and the University of Tübingen. He is the owner of the pharmacy Hulb Apotheke, Böblingen.



Events in 2020

1st Date

Presentation on June 10th, 2020

Location: Online


Speaker: Dr. Markus Streicher
Dr. Markus Streicher studied physics and computer engineering in Leipzig, Bremen and Prescott/Arizona. He obtained his doctorate for research conducted at the MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig. He currently works as an engineer at the R&D department of  Swiss Timing, a company of the Swatch Group, in Leipzig.


2nd Date

Presentation on September 23rd, 

Location: Online


Speaker: Dr. Ulrich Meyer
Dr. Ulrich Meyer studied mechanical engineering at TU Braunschweig. He obtained his doctorate in sanitary and environmental engineering at TU Darmstadt. He started his career at Veolia Wasser GmbH in Leipzig. He advanced to senior management level before becoming the technical managing director at Leipziger Wasserwerke (municipal waterworks).



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