RLDrA16 Doctoral Seminar VI: Postdoctoral Perspectives

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 30 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Dr. phil. Anna Michalík Kvíčalová, MA (lecturer)
Robert Laurence John Shaw, Doctor of Philosophy (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. David Zbíral, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. David Zbíral, Ph.D.
Department for the Study of Religions – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Kristýna Čižmářová
Supplier department: Department for the Study of Religions – Faculty of Arts
each odd Tuesday 14:00–15:40 J.509
Prerequisites (in Czech)
RLDrA12 Seminar IV: Dissertation Draft
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course helps students to plan their postdoctoral career. It focuses on submitting a postdoctoral grant application, the available funding schemes and experience with them, the publication of the dissertation or its parts, the importance of networking outside Masaryk University (both in the Czech Republic and abroad), and self-presentation in an academic job interview.
Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course students are able to:
  • evaluate the possibilities of a postdoctoral career;
  • assess the strengths and weaknesses of their academic profile;
  • prepare a postdoctoral grant application;
  • think strategically about the publication of their dissertation (or parts thereof);
  • establish and maintain a network of academic contacts;
  • shine in an academic job interview.
  • Syllabus
    • Doctoral degree - and what next?
    • Publishing the dissertation - what should I keep in mind?
    • Postdoctoral career - determinants and opportunities.
    • Postdoctoral project and available funding schemes.
    • Academic CV.
    • Academic job interview.
      recommended literature
    • ELVIDGE, Liz, Carol SPENCELY and Emma WILLIAMS. What Every Postdoc Needs To Know. WSPC, 2017. ISBN 978-1-78634-235-5. info
    Teaching methods
    Seminars; written materials (CV update); short presentation of one's research and its relevance for non-specialists (Spiel); mock job interview (the teacher, students on the course and optionally other academics, e.g. the supervisor, sit on the mock committee).
    Assessment methods
    Evaluation of the student's CV (30%). Mock job interview (70%).
    Language of instruction
    Further Comments
    Study Materials
    The course is taught each semester.
    The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2022, Autumn 2022, Spring 2023, Autumn 2023, Autumn 2024, Spring 2025.
    • Enrolment Statistics (Spring 2024, recent)
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