Applying for a postdoctoral job

Cluster 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 codeDatesHoursTeaching room
AfPJ-1617-01 Weekly on Friday from 25th November till 9th December 2016 (3*3hrs) 14:00-17:00 UCT, Veyrac building (photo), Veyrac 8 (3rd fl), Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 136
Course code Dates Hours Teaching room
AfPJ-1617-02 Weekly on Friday from 28th April till 12th May 2017 (3*3hrs) 14:00-17:00 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