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Career breakfast workshop series: Academic CV

To help you improve your CV and make yourself as competitive as possible for future academic or research positions, the NCCR Chemical Biology organizes a 2-hour interactive workshop on the Academic CV. The event is open to master students, PhD students or postdocs as part of the newly launched the Career breakfast workshop series for the researchers community. 

Curriculum Vitae, commonly referred to as a CV, includes a summary of your educational and professional background as well as teaching, research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors and affiliations. The CV establishes your identity as an academic, and includes all pertinent academic experience and qualifications.

The workshop will include (1) a brief presentation of academic CVs and their important constitutive elements, (2) a synoptic summary of comments on the participants CVs, (3) the pitfalls to avoid. The event will close with questions from the participants and open discussion. Each participant’s CV will be returned to its owner with annotations from the facilitator.

Learning outcomes

  • learn the best practices for creating an effective and well organised academic CV
  • represent yourself adequately for faculty positions
  • identify areas of improvement for their own CV
  • analyse and evaluate other candidates’ CVs and share with them
  • learn tips and resources
  • leave the breakfast with a customized feedback on your profile


Coffee/tea and croissants will be available during the event.


Prof. Monica Gotta is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, UNIGE. Monica is born in Turin, Italy, where she also did her undergraduate studies. She received her PhD from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, where she worked on chromatin organization in the laboratory of Susan Gasser at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC). In 1998, she joined the group of Dr Julie Ahringer at the Welcome CR/UK Gurdon Institute to study the mechanisms of cell polarization and mitotic spindle positioning during asymmetric cell division of the C. elegans embryo. In 2002, she went back to Switzerland as a Swiss National Science Foundation Assistant Professor at the Institute of Biochemistry, ETH, Zurich. In 2008, she moved to the Medical Faculty of the University of Geneva where she was first Associate Professor and then Full Professor in 2014. Research in her laboratory focuses on the regulation of cell division processes during development and is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the University of Geneva.

Prof. Gotta has dealt with the academic CV both as a candidate for academic positions and as a recruiter. Within the “Réseau Romand de mentoring pour femmes”, she has facilitated a similar workshop.


Deadline: June 12, 2017 

Limited number of seats: 6

Accepted participants will be asked to send their complete CV by June 19, 2017.