| 2015, July 7th, 5pm
|| Dr. Franco Ciaraldi-Schoolman: Thermal management of car engines at BMW
BMW is one of the worldwide known companies that develop and produce premium cars. The company offers a great variety of jobs for physicists and engineers, such as developing, constructing and testing various vehicle components. Currently, I am working for the R&D department („Entwicklung Antrieb“), where I determine the temperature profile of car engines under certain physical conditions. For this, I perform three-dimensional CFD simulations that include thermal conductivity processes. In my talk, I will give you an overview of my daily work, my experiences in the industry and present some differences between working at MPA and BMW.
| 2015, June 2nd, 3pm
|| Carolin Hormuth (SAP) and Felix Hormuth (MPIA): Our way from astronomy to software development at SAP - and back for one of us Slides Carolin Slides Felix|
Carolin: SAP is Europe's biggest software company for business software. This company is a great work place for physicists. I will present my current job at SAP as a senior Developer. One of my tasks is analyzing complex software issues reported by customers and provide corrections for it. For this task the good analytical skills which physicists generally bring are strongly needed. Part of my daily job is software research and development, too. I will also show you other areas at SAP where physicists might work.
Felix: When I found myself stuck in a PhD thesis which I did not really like, I decided to give work at SAP a try. I’ll give an account of my experiences and why I think that it is an interesting option for scientists who consider to change profession. But of course I will also tell you why finally I went back again to a job closer to astronomy. You’ll hear some details about my current position in the middle of the triangle science / engineering / management. This proves to be a rewarding alternative to a purely customer oriented or purely academic job.
| 2015, Apr. 14, 5pm
|| Dr. Michele Cappetta (PhD at MPE): The roots of thinking and movement - also between fields of research |
Did you ever think about leaving Astronomy for a different research field? How do the other fields look like in the eyes of an astrophysicist? Is the missing background a crucial point when moving to a completely different type of research? Will you miss telescopes, galaxy fields, spectra and simulations?
In this talk I will describe my experience in joining a biological and medical environment for postdoctoral research. Back in my days as a PhD candidate, I was searching for extrasolar planets capable to host life. Now I switched to a very different research project where I decipher the activity and the structure of the neuronal networks in the brain, trying to understand how they create movements, instinctive reactions and even thoughts. Which is the coolest?
| 2015, Feb. 3, 2pm
|| Dr. Kim Nilsson: Data Science – the sexiest job of the 21st century?
Analytical PhDs have excellent skills for the UK job market, but often struggle to make the transition. In this presentation I will talk about how I went from being an Astronomer to an Entrepreneur, helping other PhDs find work. I will share my experiences of how to find jobs, how to apply for them and how to interview successfully. I will then go on to discuss a particular career, that of data science. Data science has been hailed as the “sexiest job in the 21st century” and it is a job market that is set to grow exponentially in the next five to ten years with rewarding salaries following. I will explain what a data scientist does, what skills are necessary, and why it is an excellent career path for analytical graduates and post-graduates. I will go through the basics of data science, and give examples of how data science is used in businesses. I will also give advice on how you can prepare for these careers, and how you can improve your chances of getting hired. With a special guest appearance by Ole Moeller-Nilsson, ex-Astronomer and MPA Alumnus turned professional software developer.
| 2014, Dec. 16
|| Dr. Hanna Kotarba (ZDF, Redaktion Naturwissenschaft+Technik, PhD at LMU): Turning science into stories.
| Science is not only the work on a particular topic, science is a way to approach things. A scientist wants to know whatever the result is. On contrary, most no\
n-scientists need a strong reason to get interested. This difference makes it so difficult to get a non-scientific audience interested in scientific topics and work.\
However, there is one single reason which is a strong reason for virtually all people: a good story. But how to turn science into stories?
In this talk, I will overview the main tools of storytelling, the daily work of a science journalist, the main difficulties scientists are confronted with turning to \
journalism and the reasons why this work is nevertheless rewarding. |
| 2014, Oct 14
|| Dr. Fabian Miczek (PhD at MPA): Developing simulation technology for Multi-Body Systems at SIMPACK
| SIMPACK is a general purpose Multi-Body Simulation (MBS) software used for the dynamic analysis of any mechanical system, such as cars, engines, trains or wind turbines. For SIMPACK, I develop new simulation methods and help to maintain and extend the existing solver technology. In this talk, I will present how I found this job, how my daily work looks like and why numerical simulations in classical mechanics can be a truely fascinating and challenging topic to work on. |
| 2014, June 17
|| Dr. Jutta Huebner (PhD at MPIA): Direct link to space - Mission operations made in Germany
| Working at ESA’s European Space Operations Center (ESOC) in Darmstadt and operating space missions
is truly fascinating. The international & interdisciplinary mix of people and the great team spirit at ESOC
provide a unique environment. In this talk I will give an insight into working at ESA, operating space
missions and the challenges of an 11 year old mission. |
| 2014, May 13
|| Dr. Ioanna Arka (PhD at MPIK): Jobs for Astronomers (or else: is there life after academia?)
| A significant percentage of Astronomy/Astrophysics PhDs will
eventually look for employment in non-academic fields. However, our
academic training little prepares us for this step, which can be crucial
for our future careers. This is why the initiative "Jobs for Astronomers"
was created: to inform about non-academic careers through various resources
and to provide a platform of communication and exchange between astronomers
inside and outside academia. In this talk, I will discuss alternative
careers suitable for astronomers/astrophysicists, as well as point out the
need for a more spherical, "real world" training of today's students, many
of whom will be tomorrow's (non-academic) job seekers. |
| 2014, Apr 11
|| Dr. Jens Dobrindt (ex-MPQ), Dr. Hauke Engel (ex-MPE), and
Dr. Daniel Haertl (ex-MPP): Careers in Consulting.
| A seminar by a team of consultants from McKinsey & Company.
McKinsey & Company is the "biggest pure consulting
firm in the world" (http://www.forbes.com/companies/mckinsey-company/),
providing strategic advice to corporations and other organizations in over
50 countries. |
|2014, Feb 25
||Dr. Mona Frommert (PhD at MPA): "From Astro To Medical Software Engineering"
| I work as a software developer in the algorithmic team
at Brainlab. Brainlab is a company that develops software for
physicians (navigation software for image-controlled surgeries,
radiation software etc). In my team we work on algorithms for
segmentation (which means decomposing an image into several
components, e.g. a body scan into the different organs) and for fusion
(overlapping 2 images as accurately as possible). Our algorithms are
being used in virtually all products that Brainlab sells.
|2014, Jan 28
||Dr. Ewald Müller (MPA): "Careers in Academia"
|Presentation and informal discussion with Dr. Ewald Müller, joined by Prof. Eiichiro Komatsu, Prof. Guinevere Kauffmann, Prof. Simon White, and Dr. Fabian Schmidt