CIBSS PEOPLE & CAREER - Equal Opportunity and Diversity

Coaching Opportunities

What is coaching?

Coaching is a method that can support you during critical stages of your career and get you closer to achieving your academic or professional goals. Through dialogue with a qualified coach, you can build awareness and responsibility in decision-making processes by formulating your own objectives and guiding you to achieve them. Coaching can be beneficial at any stage during your career, weather you are during your PhD or a professor.

Coaching aims to support the career development by providing an opportunity to reflect on topics ranging from personal motivation to conflict solving strategies. The process aims to mobilize and enhance the strengths of the individual to successfully navigate the challenges of an academic career. This program also intends to provide outside support in personally sensitive periods, for example while balancing family and career.


Topics that can be discussed in coaching contexts may include:

  • personal and professional growth
  • soft skills (e.g. conflict management, time management)
  • decision-making processes
  • work-life-balance
  • personal issues related to job satisfaction and performance, such as fears or exhaustion


Counselling at the University of Freiburg

Importantly, coaching is not a replacement for therapy or counselling. Coaching is a process that aims to improve performance and satisfaction by focusing on the ‘here and now’ rather than on the distant past or future. If you need support because of emergencies related to issues of mental health, stalking or harassment, you can find information from the University of Freiburg here


Coaching is available for different career stages:

Coaching for Doctoral Researchers

Coaching for doctoral researchers is available through the International Graduate Association (IGA) of the University of Freiburg.

The IGA offers a preliminary meeting (60 minutes) and a maximum of three coaching sessions (90 minutes each) with a professional coach associated with the university. A list is available on their webpage. The coachee has to pay a contribution of 20€ per session and the preliminary meeting is always free of charge.

Coaching is mainly available in German and English.

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Coaching for Postdocs

Coaching for postdocs is available through the equality, diversity and academic staff development department of the University of Freiburg. The university covers 4.5 hours of coaching with a contribution of 20€ per session by the coachee.

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Coaching for Principal Investigators

Coaching for CIBSS PIs is offered through the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Committee at CIBSS. If you are interested, please contact Anne Classen & Peter Walentek via the dedicated Email address: coaching(at) All information is treated with the highest confidentiality. Please include your name, position and a short statement on why you are interested in coaching and how coaching will help you. In a first step, Anne & Peter will connect you with a professional coach where you can set up a preliminary meeting and 3 initial coaching sessions. In all cases, a contribution of 20 € per session needs to be covered by the CIBSS Investigator individually and paid directly to the coach.

Several coaches have experience in coaching for the University of Freiburg and are listed on the university’s websites here and here.




Please feel free to contact Anne Classen and Peter Walentek with any question at coaching(at)