Doctoral Programme and Teaching

The following is an overview of the doctoral programme followed by students of the CLIB-GC. This programme has now finished, but partners will take the lessons learned and progress them into new projects.

The doctoral studies are planned for 39 months: 36 months of research in the lab, supported by a fellowship and the possibility for 3 months industrial internship in a company.

During the thesis study, 30 credits have to be collected in order to qualify for the doctoral examination.

Credits are awarded for the following:

- poster participation at the annual retreat (2 credits)
- oral presentation at the annual retreat (2 credits, once)
- lab courses at the other CLIB-GC sites (4 credits)
- course in innovation management (4 credits)
- practical training (up to 6 credits)
- additional scientific courses (4-6 credits)
- attendance/organisation of seminars (up to 2 credits)
- publications (4 credits)
- presentations at scientific conferences (2 credits)
- research stay abroad (up to 5 credits)
- excursions (1 credit)
- organisation of excursions/conferences/workshops (1 credit)

Every year, a retreat will take place, during which students present their results to the CLIB-Graduate Cluster community. In the course of their studies, 3 poster presentations will have to be given by each student. Each fellow will also give an oral presentation at least once.

The lab courses in all four thematic areas are offered as 3-day courses during the semester break. The students have to take part in at least one course, the topic of which has to be different from the subject of their own PhD project.

Apart from the scientific excellence, we also offer an introduction to project- and innovation management. This course is obligatory and will be organized by the central coordination unit at CLIB2021.

The industrial internship – which is planned for about 3 months during the thesis – will take place at a biotechnological company (for example a CLIB2021 member). The selection of the company is subject to the approval of the scientific supervisor and CLIB2021.

The Graduate Cluster is regionally based in North Rhine-Westphalia. As it is internationally oriented, however, the working language is English.