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PostDoc Association

The MDC PostDoc Association is a volunteer organisation aiming to promote networking and scientific exchange between the local postdoctoral scientists.

Our mission statement:

The MDC PostDoctoral Association (PDA) is a volunteer organization aiming to promote networking and scientific exchange between the local postdoctoral scientists.
We advocate for all MDC postdocs and promote engagement in all aspects of postdoctoral affairs. The PDA is the governing body for the MDC postdocs. The MDC PDA was established to provide MDC postdocs with opportunities for involvement, career development, networking, and advocacy. MDC PDA members actively shape activities for postdocs at the MDC in conjunction with the Postdoc Office (PDO) and the Career & Training Committee, and provide feedback to the PDO on the needs of the postdoc community.

Currently Sebstiaan, Sarah, Lisa and Claudia lead the activities of the Postdoctoral Association bringing together scientists working on the Campus Berlin-Buch.

Networking Committee

Chair: Dr. Claudia Matthäus


to foster a sense of community amongst postdocs by organizing events including socials or activities;


  • organize events to provide opportunities for social,
  • professional,
  • and academic networking.

Career Development Committee

Chair: Dr. Sarah Elisabeth Ashley



Advocacy Committee

Chair: Dr. Sebastiaan van Heesch



Connectors Committee

Chair: Dr. Lisa Katharina Wagner


to communicate opportunities, events, and ideas with the MDC postdoc community, connect with other national PDAs and MDC alumni.


  • Maintain the MDCPDA website and social media sites.
  • Recruit PostDocs to enter the MDC PDA.
  • Create MDC PDA promotional materials/logo.
  • Consult with other committees to coordinate for website and social media content.
  • Build and maintain connections to Helmholtz PDAs and Berlin-wide PDAs.

Informal events provide an excellent platform for interaction between postdoctoral scientists from different labs, increasing awareness of the range of research themes and technology platforms available on campus and stimulating new ideas and collaborative projects. For this the PostDoc Association organizes an annual PostDoc Day and regular Networking Lunch Seminars.



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