The training of scientists in academia is a stepwise process. Since the Bologna reform, students acquire the bachelor as their first university degree, proving their proficiency within their chosen topic. In order to become a scientist, students continue their education at university towards a master degree - learning the essential skills required for original scientific research.
At the center of the scientific training is the doctoral phase. Here the students conduct original research for the first time. Guided and supervised by an experienced scientist, doctoral researchers pursue their own research project. This phase is crucial to the career of a prospective scientist. The doctoral researcher learns to design and perform experiments independently, to critically evaluate their data and to communicate and discuss their results. They also lay the foundation of their future scientific careers, becoming experts in their chosen field. Nearly every successful career of a high profile scientist starts with numerous and/or high impact publications in their doctoral phase.
The program of the Graduate School of Life Sciences revolves around the doctoral phase and strives to offer the best training possible for young scientists to start their academic career. The structured program we offer bases on three pillars:
Doctoral researchers are mentored by their thesis committee consisting of their primary doctoral adviser as well as two other principal investigators. The extended thesis committee offers a greater deal of expertise to the doctoral researcher and opens up easy opportunities for collaborations.
Wide variety of course offers for transferable skills. Our doctoral researchers have many opportunities to acquire the abilities needed for a successful scientific career. With both scientific skills such as statistical analysis as well as soft skills such as CV writing or presentation rhetoric available, our doctoral researchers can tailor their training to their individual needs.
The Graduate School of Life Sciences certifies all activities of our doctoral researchers and offers a diploma supplement in addition to the doctoral certificate, in order to improve the CVs of our graduates to give them the best perspectives when applying for their first jobs.