How to become a professor
A step-by-step guide to pursue a successful academic career in scienceEnroll in Course
Are you confused about your academic career? There is a solution.
- Are you struggling to get reliable and honest advice on how to pursue a successful academic career?
- Do you want to become part of the small group of scientists who know how to succeed in academia?
- Do you want to know the unspoken rules of a successful academic career?
- Do you want to know how to dramatically increase your chances of becoming a professor?
- Do you want to know how a selection committee screens for good candidates?
- Are you unsure whether you want to pay the price (a lot of effort, time, and money) to become a professor?
I know your struggle. I have been in your shoes and I have created this course to give you pragmatic advice on how to become a professor in science.
open secrets of academia that nobody tells you!
What you get:
- Expert advice on how to prepare for a career as a professor in science.
- 30+ videos which explain key aspects of a scientific career including funding, publications, scientific independence, international reputation, mobility, teaching and much more.
- Honest analysis of the “unspoken laws” of academia which nobody tells you.
- Pragmatic advice on how to become an attractive candidate for a selection committee.
- 30 days money back guarantee!
I’m a Full Professor for Neuroanatomy at the Medical School Hamburg, Germany.
For more than a decade, I was the Director of the Doctoral School for Medicine & Life Sciences at Hasselt University in Belgium. In partnership with other colleagues and universities in Belgium, I also organized university and national events to support young scientists in their careers.
In my current role, I’ve found a great career and life harmony. However, like many scientists, my career has been an emotional roller-coaster, jumping between many different jobs and countries. I discovered my passion for science studying medicine in Berlin (Germany). I did a lot of research there and was also very mobile. I studied in Parma (Italy) with ERASMUS. I did research stays in Hamamatsu (Japan), Harvard (USA) as well as London (UK). I moved back to Berlin and worked for six years in an anatomy department. Then, after two tedious years of applying for a limited number of professor positions in Germany, I started looking internationally. I managed to secure three attractive offers from Imperial College (UK), University of Southern Denmark (Denmark), and Hasselt University (Belgium). After negotiating for several weeks and weighing up the different options, I moved to Belgium in 2008. In 2020, I moved back to Germany and became Professor for Neuroanatomy at the Medical School Hamburg.
Navigating my science career has been a long and challenging journey, so I’m excited to help make it easier for young scientists. Through this course, I will share my experience, as well as bringing you the best advice from other star and role model scientists.
Who should follow this course?
PhD students, postdocs and young professors in science - especially in the life sciences and similar domains such as biology, biomedical sciences and medicine - who want to get the best advice on how to become a professor and how to pursue a scientific career with success.
Do you want to become part of the small group of scientists who actually know how to succeed in academia?
Prof. Hendrix provided me with invaluable insight into the world of academia! I have learned to see myself through the eyes of the recruiter and how best to sell my strengths, skills and experiences.
Dr. Dearbhaile Dooley, postdoc --> assistant professor, Dublin
I want to thank you for your workshop, one of the most useful I have attended in years. I had several insights and will think twice before attending a course from someone else who has not your plentiful experience and is afraid to speak the hard truth, as you.
I'm currently making a true career-plan powerpoint, based on your workshop but adapted for my current situation. I'm only half way my PhD so I have a lot of time to change course and "tick the required boxes. Thanks again for the great session!
Thanks for the insightful and great workshop. This workshop was very beneficial for me as you broke down all the requirements of becoming a professor and discussed them in detail (instead of generalizing). In particular, I enjoyed very much your insight on publication and funding criteria. The given assignments and homework were/are also very helpful. Since you extensively explained the importance of each task/assignment, I can implement and fulfill them in my actual career path throughout my long term planning.
Darya, PhD candidate
Prof. Hendrix told us what really matters! The course gave highly valuable insights!
Thank you for the course "How to become a professor". I realized being a professor really is not for me.
I really like the course, especially the different assignments. They were making me reflect about some topic I had never thought about so carefully.
Thanks so much for the interesting workshop. It was definitely inspirational. My track towards independence is yet long, but this helped me substantially in setting goals.