University of Würzburg Graduate Schools - Graduate School of Life Sciences

    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.