Geokolloquium: Mittwoch 29.06.2022

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From Erlangen to the United States: Starting a career in academia

  Vortragender: Dr. Dominic Wölki

Florida State University, Tallahassee

Pursuing a career in academia sounds very attractive to many students, learning new things every day, having flexibility in your schedule, working with interesting and young people and travel to other countries. But there are also many downsides, especially a career path in the field of geology/geoscience is not straightforward and can be challenging. Moving several times, leaving behind your home country and family, uncertainty for the future in a highly competitive job market.

In this talk I want to tell you my story from growing up in the south of Germany, studying Geosciences in Erlangen and how I moved to the United States to pursue a career in academia. Although there are many obstacles in this career path, I want to show you why it is still worth trying. My talk will focus on the science I am working on, followed by a student-focused Q&A. I will answer questions what you need to know about the academic job market and what you should consider moving to the USA. What are job expectations, what struggles are on the way (especially for dependents) and how it is to live in Florida (USA) for several years. The in-person talk will be given by Dominic Woelki, who finished his PhD in Erlangen in 2019 and moved to Florida to work as a PostDoc at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee.