Head of the MPAA Ad Hoc Committee “Career Service”
Norman studied biology in Jena, Germany, and chose an entrepreneurial path by entering a small BioTech company in 2007. As part of an interdisciplinary R&D team, he contributed to the development of a novel point-of-care diagnostics platform. After the prototype was completed, he left the company and joined Marino Zerial’s lab in 2010 to do his PhD and postdoc work, investigating how cells process information in a complex in vivo environment. From 2012 – 2013, Norman headed a team of PhD students that organized the 2013 “Visions in Science” conference. During that time he met the people who later founded the Max Planck Alumni Association e.V. (MPAA), the official alumni network of the Max Planck Society (MPS). From April 2016 on, Norman will lead the pilot project to establish the MPAA “Career Service”, which will provide a central platform for MPS scientists to promote their individual career development. Primary goal of the Career Service will be the development of a career network that links MPS scientists to MPS alumni, as well as to companies and organizations. Through this service, MPS PhDs and postdocs will get access to essential information and an expanded professional network that enables them to shape their professional future in an optimal way. Transitioning to the next career level will become exciting, rather than worrisome!
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