Welcome to our cfaed career development services. Here, you can find all useful information about our graduate program and all our offers within the cluster.

At cfaed, you will work in an international team – 21 nationalities pursue top-notch research. Hence, attracting and developing young international researchers is of outmost importance to us. Not only does our research agenda require a high number of well-qualified and highly-motivated young researchers but also the excellence of the scientists will of utmost importance to sustain cfaed a state-of-the-art research institution. In addition to the Cluster’s scientific excellence, creating a strong output of superbly trained experts is one of the cores of cfaed.

To achieve this, cfaed relies on three key characteristics: attractiveness through highly challenging research topics, an inspiring scientific environment, and a systematic career development allowing young researchers to progress quickly. cfaed’s career development approach comprehensively addresses undergraduate and master students, doctoral students, research group leaders, and young professors. It includes specific initiatives from talent attraction and recruitment to systematic development on all career levels.

Program Overview


cfaed has developed an exemplary, structured career development program with the purpose of supporting and guiding young scientists throughout their scientific career. Establishing career development as a standard tool for all career levels in academia, comparable to the common practice in industry, is an ambitious goal of cfaed’s postgraduate program.


We want to make sure you have a smooth start into your new position! That is why we are in close contact with our future staff members already prior to their arrival in Dresden.

We collaborate with the TU Dresden Welcome Center, which offers a special service to perfectly integrate incoming scientists from abroad.

Also, further information about living in Germany can be found here: http://www.make-it-in-germany.com/en

Once started at cfaed, you will get a comprehensive introduction into our programs and administration. If you have any questions regarding your stay in Germany, please feel free to contact us at any time!


Graduate School & Postgraduate Program

The structured Graduate School & Postgraduate Program includes the following main aspects:

(I) The Individual Development Reviews  aim at supporting and encouraging young scientists in their current projects and the development of their career.

(II) The Training Modules aims at providing additional competencies and professional orientation.

(III) The Grant Program includes a variety of Grants.  


Career Events

Throughout the year, cfaed Career Development offers a versatile agenda, amongst others:

Career Symposium: This event is designed to become a regular series specializing in individual topics, such as sharpening academic skills or improving social, communication and leading skills and providing professional orientation.

Summer Homecoming: The cfaed summer party is the perfect event to farewell the semester and to celebrate all finished PhD theses with a graduation ceremony. 

Dresden Microelectronics Academy: This one-week summer school has been introduced to showcase Dresden as Europe's largest microelectronics hub. Being organized annually in late summer, cfaed aims to establish it as a further measure to dissemate its research and expertise. In addition, master students are introduced to TU Dresden and hence use the summer school as a preparation for their continuous studies her.


Career Advising & Counseling

The cfaed Career Development Team offers advice and support with questions concerning career entry and different careerpaths, analysis of strengths and weaknesses, application process (check of application documents, advice for and simulation of job interviews) and appointment procedures. We also support the process of decision-making for a future career in or outside academia.


For individual counseling and advice, please contact us via recruiting.cfaed@tu-dresden.de to make an appointment.