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Qualification Programme

The RTG-specific qualification programme consists of four different components:

  • Study programme: Acquiring target-oriented scientific excellence is achieved by the compulsory study programme that is by design interdisciplinary. The six scientific modules cover both lectures in the disciplines toxicology, biostatistics, and bioinformatics, as well as practical courses in toxicological laboratories and in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Key skills courses: Training courses for doctoral researchers are offered by the graduate centres GZ of TU Dortmund University and iGRAD of HHU Düsseldorf, including compulsory courses on principles of good scientific practice (GSP) and research data management (RDM) and several courses on transferable skills such as project management and career planning.
  • Communication and presentation skills: Academic communication is further promoted by a regular seminar, a yearly retreat, talks and seminars from visiting researchers, and participation in national and international conferences.
  • Independence: Starting and building up a scientific career in academia or industry are supported by acquiring early scientific independence through participation in the governance of the RTG, independent organisation of the retreats and invitation of guest researchers.

Type

Duration

Frequency

Contents

Location

RTG study programme

Usually 2-4 SWS per semester

Usually one course per semester

As defined by RTG study programme (see below this table)

Dortmund, Düsseldorf

RTG seminar

Talk (45 minutes plus discussion)

Up to twice per month (depending on number of participants)

Internal talks of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers of the RTG

Dortmund, Düsseldorf

RTG retreat

Two days

Once per year

Colloquium with doctoral and postdoctoral researchers of the RTG, supervisors, and guests

Research centre not on-site

Key skills courses

Variable, often 1 day

Regularly, GSP and RDM every year

Different courses, in particular on GSP and RDM

Dortmund, Düsseldorf

Talks from visiting researchers

Talk plus discussion

Approximately 12 times per year

Talks related to RTG topics

Dortmund, Düsseldorf

Workshops from visiting researchers

3 - 5 days

Approximately once per year

Seminars related to RTG topics

Dortmund

Talks / participation at conferences

Variable

Variable

Talks presenting own research of doctoral researchers

Variable

Study Programme

The study programme will ensure that all required components are available both in Dortmund and in Düsseldorf, regarding both biostatistics/bioinformatics and toxicology. Key skills are taught via the graduate centres of the two universities involved, i.e. the iGRAD (Interdisciplinary Graduate and Research Academy Düsseldorf, IUF is an iGRAD member) at HHU Düsseldorf and the Graduate Centre at TU Dortmund University.It includes training and further education in six modules. Modules 1, 2, 3, and 6 are compulsory for doctoral researchers in the RTG. Modules 4 and 5 are additional offers.

Module

Duration

Frequency

Location

1: Toxicology

2 SWS

Once per year

Dortmund, Düsseldorf

2: Laboratory

1 week

Once per year

Dortmund (IfADo), Düsseldorf (IUF)

3: Statistics in toxicology

4 SWS

Once per year in Dortmund, once every 2-3 years in Düsseldorf

Dortmund, Düsseldorf

4: Biostatistics and bioinformatics

2-4 SWS per course

Once per year

Dortmund, Düsseldorf

5: Data science

2-4 SWS per course

Once per year

Dortmund

6: Industry

1 week

Variable

Various industrial partners