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PhD Research Training Group

About the PhD Research Training Group EcoMol - Objective

The scientific world requires highly qualified young scientists. The PhD Research Training Group EcoMol (The ecology of molecules) supports the education of the PhD students through providing an excellent research environment and offering introductory and advanced training courses.

This comprehensive concept improves the qualifications of the doctoral students and facilitates their development into leading researchers of the future. Doctoral candidates will be prepared for taking over leading positions in research, management and policy, technology development, or consulting and education.

The aims of the Research Training Group are

  • formation of thesis committees for supervising the progress of the PhD thesis work,
  • develop profound disciplinary knowledge and foster interdisciplinary thinking,
  • apply knowledge to practice,
  • build a strong personal career profile by defining professional goals and obtaining a broad range of work related transferable skills,
  • offer of a course programme for doctoral candidates
  • support the formation of networks with experts,
  • foster international awareness and visibility, and
  • provide access to unique research infrastructure.

The EcoMol PhD Research Training offers courses in three different categories

(1) Specialised scientific knowledge: Building on basic knowledge and skills, specific knowledge courses aim to provide a deeper insight into a topic or research field by providing expert knowledge. In these courses, PhD students broaden and deepen their scientific knowledge in the context of their field of research and acquire the necessary skills to perform their laboratory work. PhD Students take an active part in colloquia, congresses, summer schools and lab visits abroad.

(2) Communicative competence: PhD Students are trained in communication and presentation techniques and improve their expertise in knowledge transfer.

(3) Interdisciplinary competences, transferable skills, soft skills: PhD Students can develop strategies and expertise for their scientific career. The main issues are data management (statistics), project management, scientific writing, publishing own research results, writing proposals for grants and funds, and training for job application, Mentoring, career and networking.

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