PhasAGE – Excellence Hub on Phase Transitions in Aging and Age-Related Disorders

career development workshop

Jobs within and beyond academia: How to prepare yourself for successful applications

18 june – 2 pm (west, Lisbon Time) | 3 pm (cest)

online workshop 


Are you ready to apply for a new job? This workshop will introduce insights on how to navigate the job application process in academia and beyond. It will provide you with useful tools on how to read job adverts and target your application materials to them, namely your CV and cover letter. We will also explore the interview process and how to be prepared for it.

Topics that will be discussed:

  • The different components from Cv’s and cover letters
  • Application basics: do’s and don’ts
  • How to stand out from all the applications employers receive
  • Interview structure and preparation



This workshop is intended for Master students, PhD students and young researchers. The workshop is open to members of PhasAGE consortium institutions with a limitation of 20 attendees to maximize the workshop learning.

Participants will be selected based on their motivation statement and will receive a certificate of attendance.


The workshop attendance is free of charge. 


Paula López Pérez is the Career Development Unit Coordinator at Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde – i3S (Universidade do Porto). The i3S Career Development Unit (CDU) was created in October 2019 to promote researchers’ personal and professional growth and to empower staff to manage their career development by making effective career choices and transitions.

Paula has an original background in Chemistry from University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain); a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Minho (Portugal) and 7 years of postdoctoral experience with her core fields of research spanning from biomaterials development and tissue engineering to fundamental molecular biology and anti-microbial peptides. Since she started the PhD, she worked in five academic labs and one company across five different countries, experiencing very different working practices and mingled with people of extremely diverse cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds.

This experience together with her natural drive of building and nurturing human relationships at the work place and beyond woke up her interest in personal and professional development and she used a career break as a full-time mum to prepare her career transition. Now she enjoys helping researchers to make conscious decisions about their future and to reach their full potential!