Program Overview

Developing and training our scientists has always been a core mission of cfaed. Our systematic career development focuses on  doctoral students, research group leaders, and young professors.

Please note that our measures are currently on hold and not as actively pursued as they normally would, owing to our current phase of re-defining cfaed's research and career development strategies.


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 make integration of incoming scientists from abroad easy.

Also, further information about living in Germany can be found here:

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 do not hesitate 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 aim 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 leadership skills, and providing professional orientation.

Summer Festival: The cfaed summer party is the perfect event to close 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. Annually organized 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, who thus avail themselves of the summer school in preparation for their further studies at TUD.


Career Advising & Counseling

The cfaed Career Development Team offers advice and support with questions concerning career entry and different career paths, analysis of strengths and weaknesses, the 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 to make an appointment.