The main task of the integrated Research Training Group (RTG) is to promote the scientific expertise of the doctoral candidates. The group aims to broaden the training of doctoral candidates at the university level by providing the opportunity for candidates to participate in the already existing PhD programs of related training groups in Jena. The main tasks of the RTG staff includs management of the recruitment process for PhD researchers and their training to efficiently accomplish high quality theses and publications. A visiting scientist program and short-term scholarships offers additional qualification improvement possibilities.
Dr. Anne-Christin Warskulat, Curiositas
In the first part, the participants use their experience and knowledge to develop the spectrum of their professional and personal skills. With this knowledge they determine their professional wishes and finally concrete career paths. They then determine the appropriate short, medium and long-term steps towards their personal career revision through guidance. This also includes that the participants deal with the procedures and requirements of the application process, the written application and the associated selection procedures (job interview, assessment centre, etc.).
The second part of the coaching aims to support the participants in their productivity and stress management. They learn to identify direct and indirect stressors, blockages and pitfalls in their own ways of working and thinking and to develop and implement individual solution strategies. For this purpose, methods for constructive conversation, time and self management as well as collegial case consulting can be tested. In the next step the participants are instructed to activate and develop the own resources for the conversion of the seized personal goals. Furthermore there is the possibility to get to know active and passive regeneration and relaxation measures. The methods used consist of reflection exercises, processing of case studies, theoretical input as well as discussion and exchange of experience. The knowledge gained can be easily transferred to future professional and personal challenges.
From 25 to 28 June, 2019, we spent a week at the idyllic Hotel Rhön Residence in Dipperz near Fulda networking with the thematically similar Collaborative Research Centre 1066 under the motto "NANOMEDICINE - FORMULATION, CHARACTERIZATION, TRANSLATION". The main focus here was on the presentation of individual subprojects, but guest lectures by Prof. Dr. Lorenz Meinel (Julius Maximilians University Würzburg) or Dr. Heinrich Haas (BioNTech AG, Mainz), for example, also met with great interest. In addition, workshops were offered on "PubPharm - The search platform for pharmacy-specific literature" (Stefan Wulle, University Library Braunschweig) and "Successful publishing in scientific journals and project DEAL" (Dr. David Huesmann, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim).
From 25 to 27 March, 2019, at the request of many of our PhD students, we offered a Statistics Course, in which not only the basics could be discussed, but also challenges and questions of the concrete working day. In particular the topics correlation, t-test, one-way-ANOVA, two-way-ANOVA, repeated measurement ANOVA, linear regression, nonlinear regression as well as power and sample size planning were in focus.
On 18 October, 2018, Mr. Clemens Kaiser, head of the German branch of Sanofi-Aventis, visited our two material-related collaborated research centers PolyTarget and CataLight. He was accompanied by colleagues from the chemical division of the company in Frankfurt. He and his colleagues also met with the PhD students of both CRCs to discuss their questions about a career in the chemical industry and to give an introduction to their company.
The regular meetings take place once a month during the lecture period. Besides project presentations by RTG members, there is always a tutorial by PI's or guests.