Göttingen Campus Postdoc Committee

In summer 2017 a group of postdoctoral researchers from across the Göttingen Campus initiated the formation of the Göttingen Campus Postdoc Network. The founding members (James Daniel, Rituparnu Chakrabarti and Vinodh Ilangovan) wanted to set up a network in which postdocs can easily exchange information and views, and represent their interests more strongly. If you want to know more or are interested to join please contact us at the Campus Office, or one of the committee members.

Deniz Kilincoglu

Deniz Kilincoglu is an intellectual and cultural historian of the nineteenth century with a particular interest in the Ottoman Empire. He received his PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. He is currently a research fellow at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg of the University of Göttingen. Deniz’s research has focused on the intercultural circulation of ideas, and its social, political, and cultural implications. His current project focuses on nationalism and emotions at the turn of the twentieth century. As a true believer and practitioner of interdisciplinarity, he uses methodological and theoretical insights from both the humanities and the cognitive sciences in his research. He is also working on developing a digital humanities project in cooperation with the Göttingen Center for Digital Humanities. When he is not working, he loves reading fiction and thinking about the connections between fiction and reality.


Sarah Hoffmann-Urlaub

Sarah Hoffmann-Urlaub received her PhD in 2016 from the Institute for X-Ray Physics, working on nanostructured waveguides for hard X-Ray focussing. After a short postdoc phase, in 2017 she became a Junior Research Group Leader at the Institute of Materials Physics at the University of Göttingen. Her group is active in the field of functional thin films fabricated with the technique of Pulsed Laser Deposition. There are many applications for these high quality (multi-) layer devices, for example in the fields of photovoltaics, photocatalysis or X-Ray optics. Apart from gaining deeper insights into complex structure-property relationships for a wide variety of materials and geometries, she dedicates her time to educating students. After retiring from playing rugby, she still enjoys watching games, playing classic video games or listening to records from her LP collection.


Burcu Mangitli

Burcu Uçaray-Mangıtlı is a political scientist with research interests in international organizations, development, and gender equality. She completed her PhD at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her doctoral dissertation focused on domestic and international bureaucrats, their shared expertise, and how their relationships affect international cooperation. From August 2017 to July 2018, Burcu was a postdoctoral fellow sponsored by the Swedish Institute at University of Stockholm. In August 2018, she joined the University of Göttingen, Department of Political Science as a postdoctoral researcher. Her current research, inspired by her project in Stockholm, focuses on international financial institutions and their implementation of gender equality norm, both internally and externally. She is particularly interested in organizational culture in these institutions, how it changes and affects development projects. Burcu believes in work-life balance, and enjoys watching science fiction movies, reading crime and mystery novels, and climbing.

Ilka Vosteen

Ilka Vosteen is a behavioral ecologist who focuses on searching and orientation behavior of insects. She did her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, followed by a three years postdoc project in the Laboratory of Entomology at Wageningen University (NL). In October 2019, she joined the Agricultural Entomology group at the University of Göttingen, where she explores how our knowledge on insect behavior can be applied to make pest control in agricultural systems more sustainable.

Ilka thinks that the postdoc phase is very challenging, because of short-term projects and the necessity to move between universities in different cities and countries to pursue an academic career. An active exchange with postdocs in similar situations can help scientists to deal with the challenges of this critical career phase and Ilka hopes to foster this exchange as an active member of the Postdoc Network. During her time off, Ilka enjoys hiking in the surroundings of Göttingen, gardening on her balcony, cooking delicious meals and reading.

Tomasz Wdowik

Tomasz Wdowik is an organic chemist focussing on the application of transition metals in catalytic transformations. He completed his PhD in 2019 at the State University of New York at Buffalo (USA) working on aerobic copper-catalyzed reactions. Currently, he is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, University of Göttingen. He is working on the development of new carbon-hydrogen bond activation reactions relying on electricity as a sustainable oxidant. Outside the lab, Tomasz enjoys attending concerts, travelling, and trying different cuisines.

Muhammad Salim Hakeemi

Muhammad received his PhD in 2018 from the Institute of Developmental Biology, University of Cologne. In October 2018, he joined the University of Göttingen, Department of Evolutionary Developmental Genetics as a postdoctoral researcher. His research focus is on development of transgenic tools for spatiotemporal control of RNA interference (RNAi) for gene function analysis. Muhammad found the Göttingen Campus Postdoc Network a great platform for postdoctoral researchers, not only to take part in their regular activities for information exchange but also to attend special events for career development.

Linh Dang

Linh Dang specialises in computer science with a passion for machine learning methods and their applications to Bioinformatics. His PhD research at the University of Göttingen focused on applying supervised machine learning to study protein’s properties such as DNA-binding sites or protein-protein interaction sites. Additionally, he is also interested in graph-based inferences to investigate how protein’s conformations change. In his free time, he likes watching Ted talks and science shows. His hobby is mountain hiking.

Anne-Dominique Gindrat

Anne-Dominique Gindrat received her PhD in Natural Science, option Neuroscience, from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) in 2015. She studied the sensorimotor control of the hand in human and non-human primates using electroencephalography (EEG). Since then, she has been working as a postdoc in the Neurobiology Laboratory of Prof. Hansjörg Scherberger at the Deutsches Primatenzentrum GmbH in Göttingen. She is investigating brain areas involved in planning and executing hand grasping movements in behaving macaque monkeys using the emerging approach of optogenetics. For this project, she was awarded with a 3-year postdoc fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Working as a postdoc is usually a precarious position, and improvements are strongly needed, for instance regarding work-life balance, project funding, etc. In this respect, the services offered by the Göttingen Campus (GC) Postdoc Network are very valuable. As a member of the GC Postdoc Committee, she hopes to be helpful to and to do more for the postdoc community in Göttingen. During her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, biking and listening to classical music.

Former committee member (2017-2019)

Rituparna Chakrabarti got her PhD in neuroscience from the University of Göttingen, then was a Postdoc at the Center for Biostructural Imaging of Neurodegeneration (BIN) in Göttingen. Her research focus was to study the neurotransmitter release and understand the nanostructures of specialized chemical synapses in the auditory systems. Rituparna enjoys the interface of science, art and communication. She is chief editor of an online magazine called Club SciWri, which aims to simplify science for broader audiences and discuss some of the urgent issues faced in STEM careers. To unwind, she plays the mandolin and eagerly looks for a corner at a coffee house to slide herself in with a good read or company.

Former committee member (2017-2019)

Vinodh Ilangovan got his PhD from the University of Göttingen in 2016, then was a Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry. He studied circadian clocks and sleep using an integrative approach by combining mole­cular genetics, animal behavior and evolu­tion­ary biology. He is an Open Science Ambassador and strongly advocates for the practice of responsible behaviors in scientific research. He is also a member of the early career advisory group of the open access journal eLife. Vinodh enjoys experimenting with science communication through performing arts.

Former committee member (2019)

Sukanya Sengupta is a geochemist; she got her PhD in 2016 from the University of Göttingen, then worked as a Postdoc in the Isotope Geology department. Her research focused primarily on studying oxygen isotope ratios in sediments and rocks of different ages - millions and even billions of years old, in order to understand how Earth’s oceans and atmosphere evolved over time, and under what conditions early life flourished. She enjoys working long hours in the laboratory, performing analytical work and addressing exciting new problems. In her leisure time she is fond of reading fiction, going for a swim, cooking and travelling.

Former committee member (2018-2020)

Marko Markovic got an MSc of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Belgrade in 2011 and a PhD at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) in 2016. He worked at Ottobock HealthCare GmbH, as a researcher at the UMG, and as as a part-time lecturer at the PFH, Göttingen. He researches and develops novel human-machine interfaces for upper limb prostheses. He considers that one of his most important roles is the education of future generations of students, and to this goal, he actively supervises several Master and Bachelor theses.

Former committee member (2018-2020)

Louisa Kulke conducted her PhD in Psychology and Neuroscience at University College London (UK), investigating the development of attention from infancy to adulthood. After a research visit to the University of California, San Diego (US), she had two postdoc positions at the University of Göttingen, working in developmental psychology and affective neuroscience, unravelling the neural mechanisms of emotion and attention. She has now accepted a junior professorship at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, where she is setting up a lab for Neurocognitive Developmental Psychology. Besides research and teaching, Louisa is an ambassador for the Open Science Framework and actively promoted Open Science practices in Göttingen and beyond. When she is not in the lab or in the lecture hall, she likes to play the guitar or travel.

Former committee member (2017-2020)

James Daniel is a neuroscientist focusing on synaptic transmission between neurons. He completed his PhD at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research (Sydney, Australia) in 2008, focusing on mechanisms of dopamine release at single synapses. James then undertook a postdoc at the Children's Medical Research Institute (Sydney, Australia) where he worked on the development of novel inhibitors of synaptic vesicle endocytosis and their potential application in the treatment of epilepsy. In 2013 he moved to Göttingen, where he has been working in the Molecular Neurobiology Department of the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine, studying the molecular regulation of synaptic trans­mission. With regards to the Postdoctoral Network, James thinks that postdoctoral positions are a complicated and critical phase of the career of any researcher and often overlooked in terms of career support provided by universities and other research centers. James hopes to help achieve better representation for postdocs within Göttingen.