Molecular basis of sensory biology

RTG Sensorybio Programme

The programme of the first and second cohort was launched with a kick-off opening symposium (one day) with invited external speakers and short presentations of the PhD thesis proposals. The second kick-off meeting also included presentations of ongoing or finished PhD thesis research. We plan a similar programme scheme for the third kick-off symposium.

Several courses, workshops and symposia took place, that where organised by the PhD students.

Technical workshops and methodological multidisciplinarity

Among the key prerequisites for being successful in today’s scientific community are
multidisciplinary competencies. Very often, the most revolutionary life science discoveries
are made by scientists who understand multiple scientific disciplines, such as physics
and biology, chemistry and biology or information technology, biology and biomedicine.
In addition, many new discoveries are made by scientists applying a technique that is
well-known in one area of research on a subject where that technique has not previously
been used. Therefore, one key aspect of the RTG study programme is to provide students
with a wide range of physical and life sciences techniques. This RTG application
offers the exciting possibility to join forces of scientists using innovative experimental
techniques to monitor molecular interaction modes and switching processes by microscopy
and spectroscopy in various mostly biological systems.

PhD programme “Neurosensory Science and Systems”

PhD programme “Neurosensory Science and Systems”
The study programme (and the scientific research projects) are integrated into the
university-wide graduate school “OLTECH” of the University of Oldenburg and the PhD students
are encouraged to enroll in the PhD programme “Neurosensory science and systems”.
This programme offers courses, which provide the PhD students with the fundamental
advanced skills required as PhD students, including soft skills. The programme is
already in place for all doctoral students that are supervised by scientists belonging to
the research center “Neurosensory sciences” of the School of Natural Sciences and
Mathematics (Faculty V) and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (Faculty VI) at
University of Oldenburg.
As part of the PhD programme, the doctoral students have to collect a total of 30 credit
points (CP) consisting of (a) 12-18 CP subject specific courses that will enable the PhD
student to expand their methodological skills and to gain project relevant scientific
knowledge. (b) 6 CP targeted at increasing the communicative skills of the PhD students
including an advanced presentation skills course and a mandatory poster presentation
and/or talk at an international conference. (c) 6-12 CP courses aimed at preparing the
PhD students for pursuing a successful career in academia and/or in science-related industry. Included are, for instance, a statistics course and an obligatory course on how to
structure, write and present a scientific publication and a research proposal. Most applicants
are members of the research center “Neurosensory sciences” and also take
courses in the PhD programme “Neurosensory Science and Systems”.

Link to the courses of the Graduate School oltech

Example of a typical complete study programme

Example of a typical complete study programme of a RTG graduate
In this section, we present an example of a typical course programme, which a RTG
graduate would be required to take during the three years of their PhD.

Extra course, which is special to the RTG

Module

Credit points (CP)

 

Basic Principles and Concepts in Physics, Chemistry and Biology

 

6

(obligatory)

 

 

Courses taken as part of the PhD programme “Neurosensory sciences” (the obligatory

courses [white background] take provide of 18 of the required 30 CP;

the final 12 CP could for instance be those listed below with grey background.

 

Group I: Expansion of scientific / methodological knowledge

Module

Credit points (CP)

 

Basics of sensory stimuli and systems

3

(obligatory)

 

Active participation in an international summer school or participation

in an international conference (this module can be taken twice, once

in group I and once in Group II)

3

(optional)

 

Visit to a foreign lab to learn new techniques needed for the research

project

3 or 6

(optional)

Intensive methodological course in RTG working group or workshop

3

(optional)

Matlab course

 

3

(optional)

 

Group II: Communication and scientific presentation skills

Module

Credit points (CP)

 

Advanced presentation skills including body language and networking

3

(obligatory)

Good Scientific practic

0.5

(obligatory)

Active participation in an international summer school or participation

in an international conference (this module can be taken twice, once

in group I and once in Group II)

3

(obligatory)

 

 

Group III: Skills important to scientists of any field

Module

Credit points (CP)

 

How to publish own data in the form of a scientific paper

6

(obligatory)

Statistics course

 

3

(optional)

Numeric and computer skills

3

(optional)

 Those listed with grey background are four, respectively two of many possible choices.

 

 

Timetable