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Joining the GSLS

Membership and what it means

Who needs to become a member?

  • Membership is necessary to become the primary supervisor of a GSLS doctoral researcher.

Prerequisites for membership

  • Authorization for examination  HSchPrüferV, June 2006
    Ideally accepted as HabilitandIn or already PD; also possible as an independent group leader with at least one year independent teaching experience at the university
  • Independent project leader in a coordinated externally evaluated research program, such as a DFG-Graduiertenkolleg or DFG-Sonderforschungsbereich 

How to apply

GSLS Membership, General Issues

  • Membership regulated by ordinance of the Graduate Schools
  • Duration 4 years, prolongation upon written request
  • Premature membership termination: submission of resignation letter, exclusion for important reasons, leaving the University of Würzburg (current supervisory functions may continue)
  • Members listed as GSLS faculty on GSLS homepage
  • Members are asked to post vacant PhD positions on the GSLS homepage
  • Members elect section speakers and vote for board candidates (to be appointed by the University President)
  • Yearly General Assembly; additional assemblies may take place
  • Members can initiate lectures, workshops, summer schools etc. in their sections. Both financial and organizational support by the GSLS can be applied for
  • Members can nominate candidates for Career Development Fellowships

Role of GSLS Members in Supervising Doctoral Researchers

  • Enrollment of doctoral researchers in GSLS does not automatically follow from member status of supervisor. Members and candidates have to get active.
  • The primary supervisor provides:
    - access to collaborative research structure (such as Graduiertenkolleg or SFB)
    - weekly lab meeting and literature seminar
  • The primary supervisor is responsible for assembling a three-person thesis committee in cooperation with the doctoral researcher: two supervisors must be GSLS members. One may be an external / international supervisor. If the primary supervisor is a member of the medical faculty, one supervisor has to be from a natural science faculty or be nominated from such a faculty.
  • Regular documented meetings between doctoral researcher and all members of the thesis committee are required (start-up meeting after 3 months, annual meetings after the first and consecutive years).
  • An individual research training plan has to be worked out and further developed in those meetings. This needs to be documented in respective progress reports.