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Structured PhD programme of the LGSA

Leibniz Graduate School on Aging and Age-Related Diseases (LGSA)

The PhD Program

LGSA students join one of the research groups within the Leibniz Institute on Aging (FLI) or the Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) in Jena. In this group they will carry out the independent research of their doctoral thesis. The experimental work is supervised by a thesis committee consisting of the project leader plus two group leaders or senior postdocs outside the group of the project leader. Preferably, at least one committee member comes from another institute.

The practical work is complemented with additional courses and training measures.

The goal of a successful PhD study is to publish at least one first-author paper in an international peer-reviewed journal. At the end of the study a written thesis, an exam and a successful thesis defence qualify for a Ph.D. or Dr. rer. nat. degree at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. Students have also the choice to receive their doctoral degree from another university.

The LGSA is part of the Jena School of Molecular Medicine (JSMM) and a member of the Graduate Academy Jena which offers an exciting qualification program for future tasks within and outside academia and today's society.

Participation in a number of the following activities and courses is obligatory to complete a PhD program at the Leibniz Graduate School on Aging and Age related Diseases (LGSA) and qualifies for the Graduate School Certificate.

1. Lecture and seminar series with external speakers on Biomedical Sciences as well as Science and Society.
2. During the FLI work-in-progress seminar students, postdocs and senior scientists present their work to the whole institute.
3. Students have to attend one of the journal clubs and each student has to analyze and present two scientific articles a year.
4. Courses on methods - like statistics, necropsy and animal experimentation - will be offered by the institute. Students are encouraged to propose method courses.
5. During the annual institute's retreat students present a poster and group leaders talk about their current research plans.
6. Students should attend at least one international recognized meeting per year with a poster or oral presentation to get in contact with the community of scientists.
7. Students have to attend at least one seminar on technology transfer (TT) during their studies.
8. A large variety of soft-skill courses such as scientific writing, scientific posters presentation, workshop on application, advanced reading, conflict management, time management, start up and career, grant writing for scientists, patenting and licensing issues is offered by the FLI in-house. Additional courses are organized by the Graduate Academy of the university.
9. The FLI will provide the opportunity to learn German and English language at different level.