The GFZ seeks to promote talent and facilitate career paths. Talent management begins with schoolchildren, who are given the opportunity to gain an insight into the exciting Geosciences topics at the GFZ's GeoLab. The vocational training at the GFZ is also naturally a part of this strategy.
A core area of talent management at the GFZ is the support and encouragement of the next generation of scientists. Graduates with particularly good qualifications can work on their doctoral studies here and are supported with this in many ways by the centre. So that conditions for the doctoral studies will be just as good for everybody, you can follow the guidelines for the completion of PhD projects within the Helmholtz Association and the guidelines for structured training of doctoral students at the GFZ.
Within the framework of our continued training programme, we offer language courses on an ongoing basis (German, English, and Spanish) as well as target group-oriented training as required.
Annual structured employee appraisals form part of our standards.
To encourage and develop talents for managerial functions in science and administration, the GFZ recommends taking part in the Helmholtz Management Academy programme. Support for young female executives is also available through the Helmholtz Mentoring Programme.
Not all talented employees promoted by the GFZ want to or can stay long-term with the centre. To select those employees with a long-term professional outlook, the GFZ has developed its own indefinite extension procedure. The guidelines drawn up for this indefinite extension of work contracts essentially reflect two interests of the GFZ: the long-term loyalty of exceptionally skilled and motivated employees, and fairness with respect to all employees.