Seeking doctoral students or post docs to lead digital seminars

Humboldt-Universität is looking for doctoral students or post docs interested in leading an innovative teaching-learning format that focuses didactically on student-centered participation and science mediation. 

Circle U. Teams are digital seminars in an innovative teaching-learning format, initiated by postdocs or doctoral students. Researchers from all disciplines, scholarship holders or employees at research institutes, or doctoral students/post docs from one of the Circle U. partner universities may apply to lead a Circle U. Team.

The Circle U. Team should be open to Bachelor's and Master's students from different partner universities and different subjects, so that interdisciplinary and international perspectives on the subject matter are possible.

Coordinating and participating

By leading a Circle U. Team you will gain teaching and mentoring experience and at the same time gain insight into international research and teaching cultures. In these project teams of students and junior researchers, Circle U. Team leaders are coordinators and scientific contact persons for the students, but also participants in the process themselves.

The Circle U. Team leaders will be given a temporary teaching contract for one semester at HU which pays € 39,39 per teaching hour for 28 teaching hours in the summer semester (from April to July 2022). The Circle U. Team leaders will participate in a didactic training course on the basics of higher education didactics from concept to implementation. This training course can be completed with a certificate.

About the teams

The basic idea is that the Circle U. Teams should

  • be interdisciplinary or open to participation from several disciplines in terms of their content
  • have a thematic link to at least one of our Knowledge Hubs i.e. Climate, Democracy or Global Health 
  • be delivered online-only and in English, so that students from all Circle U. institutions can benefit
  • enable students to play an active role, but the focus would not need to be on actual research, but could be on other forms of learning or skills development (e.g."Systemic Thinking" as a future skill for sustainable development)

How to apply

Please contact Laura Schilow ( from HU's bologna.lab or Isabelle Mensching (

Deadline: 6 January 2022.

Published June 27, 2022 2:27 PM - Last modified June 27, 2022 2:27 PM