Further training options

  1. Advanced scientific training
    To ensure students acquire a broad base of technical expertise and can select the appropriate techniques for their scientific questions, advanced technical training is offered by the school’s faculty and their senior scientific staff.   The IMPRS program offers in-house training on a range of topics, usually in the form of 1-2 day workshops. Training can also take the form of a short-term placement in an IMPRS member lab, relevant modules offered by the University of Tübingen, or an external workshop. Topics covered by in-house workshops include:
    • Principles of X-ray crystallography
    • Protein crystallization and microseed matrix seeding
    • Using the Rosetta algorithm for predicting protein structure
    • Advanced crystallography: data processing with XDS
    • General concepts and applications of NMR
    • Principles of biological mass spectrometry
    • Next generation sequencing (including practicals for library preparation)
    • Introduction to light microscopy and image analysis
    • Electron microscopy techniques in cell biology, microbiology and virology
    • Introduction to cryo-electron microscopy and single-particle analysis
    • Generation of antisera in rabbits: affinity purification and use
    • In vivo biophysics (FCS/FRAP)
    • Zebrafish development and genetics
    • IT introductory course - essential knowledge for programming courses
    • Unix basics and applications for scientists
    • Bioinformatics for biochemists
    • Introduction to statistics and the computing package R
    • Introduction to Python programming
    • Advanced Python applications in bioscience
    • PyMOL scripting and automation for molecular visualization and analysis
  2. Teaching and organisation
    Many opportunities exist to contribute to university teaching at Bachelors or Masters level; other students may choose to test and train their management and organizational skills by joining the student retreat committee, taking on the role of student representative or putting on a workshop for fellow students.
  3. Journal club attendance
    Students have the option of participating in one of the many subject-specific journal club groups connected with the school, or the interdisciplinary “From Molecules to Organisms” course, where students take turns to present recent papers from across the full scope of the school to their peer group. Papers are chosen to illustrate key developments and ground-breaking research with wide implications; sessions are supervised by faculty members who are experts in the respective research fields.
  4. Professional skills workshops
    Students can choose from workshops offered in-house according to their personal needs and goals, either to gain skills needed during the PhD period or to build up their professional profile for the future. Workshop subjects offered by the school include:
    • Time management
    • Project management
    • Writing a paper
    • Poster preparation
    • University-level teaching
    • Writing up your thesis
    • Your final year as a PhD student
    • Scientific funding opportunities and grant writing
    • Communication and conflict resolution
    • Teamwork and leadership

    In addition, IMPRS students can attend workshops offered by the Graduate Academy of the University of Tübingen, or appropriate external courses.
  5. Career development
    The school offers regular workshops on career planning for bioscience PhD graduates and job application skills, plus careers days have been held with speakers from both industry and academia. In addition, students can increase their network of contacts outside the school through conference participation. The school’s Travel Fund offers financial support for every student to present at an international conference or workshop of their choice.
  6. German language courses
    German language training is not a program requirement, but most international students find that some knowledge of the language enhances their stay in Tübingen. Subsidized German language courses are available at multiple levels. These courses take place in the evenings in small groups.

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