Further training options

  1. Advanced scientific training
    To make sure 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.  Training can take the form of a 1-2 day workshop, a short-term placement in an appropriate lab, or relevant modules offered by the University of Tübingen. Examples of topics covered include:
    • RNA biology (RNAi knockdowns, Northern blots, transcriptome analysis, in situ hybridizations)
    • Protein expression and purification and protein design
    • Principles of X-ray crystallography
    • Principles of NMR spectroscopy
    • Principles of biological mass spectrometry
    • Structural bioinformatics and computer-aided drug design
    • Live cell imaging and confocal laser scanning microscopy
    • Transmission and scanning electron microscopy
    • Sequence analysis and phylogenetics
    • Computational systems biology
    • Statistics and data analysis
    • Next generation sequencing (including practicals for library preparation)
    • Genetic screens in yeast
    • Generation and analysis of transgenic plants
    • Gene knock-outs in animal models
  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
    • Writing up your thesis
    • Project management
    • Writing a paper
    • Poster preparation
    • University-level teaching
    • Scientific funding opportunities and grant writing
    • Communication and conflict resolution

    In addition, IMPRS students have the opportunity to attend workshops offered by the Graduate Academy of the University of Tübingen, or appropriate external courses.
  5. Career development
    In recent years the school has offered workshops on general career planning and job application skills, plus careers days have been held with speakers from both industry and academia. Alternatively, the student may chose to build up their network of contacts outside the school by presenting at a relevant conference of their choice.
  6. German language courses
    Subsidised German language courses for new students are offered by the MPI for Developmental Biology and the University of Tübingen at multiple levels. These courses take place in the evenings in small groups. 

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