Applying for a postdoctoral job


Career management

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools


3rd and 4th year PhD students


This training (3*3 hrs) offers a thorough preparation to the entire application process. The course starts with an in-depth analysis of job ads, linked to self-assessment to facilitate an efficient application. Afterwards, we have a critical look at the participants' own cover letters and cv's and discuss which are attractive to future employers. Thereby, we draw up some ground rules for efficient writing. The final part of the course tackles the job interview: the elaborate preparation (getting to know the company), a persuasive execution of the interview itself (introducing yourself, dealing with (tricky) questions, asking questions yourself, negotiating pay, proper business attire, body language) and the follow-up.


The course materials have been developed based on scientific research on application procedures and have been adapted to the target audience – the doctoral students.

Time schedule

Course code Dates 2nd semester 2016-2017 Hours Teaching room



Tuesday 16 May + 23 May + 30 May 2017 (3*3hrs) 14:00-17:00 UCT, Veyrac building (photo), Veyrac 8 (3rd fl), Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 136
AfPJ-1617-04 Tuesday 6 June + 13 June + 20 June 2017 (3*3hrs) 13:30-16:30 UCT, Veyrac building (photo), Veyrac 8 (3rd fl), Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 136
AfPJ-1617-05 Wednesday 6 September + 13 September + 20 September 2017 (3*3hrs) 16.30-18.30 UCT, Veyrac building (photo), Veyrac 8 (3rd fl), Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 136


Note: Please bring your own bottle of water. The Doctoral Schools don’t provide refreshments, unless mentioned otherwise.

Registration procedure

Register by following this registration link:


For the first session, all participants should bring four copies of their cv in English.

Registration fee

Free of charge for the members of the Doctoral Schools





Number of participants


Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

Active participation during the sessions