The CEPLAS Graduate School offers a structured 3-year doctoral programme that is jointly organised by the Universities of Düsseldorf and Cologne, the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research and the Forschungszentrum Jülich, all located in the Cologne/Düsseldorf area. Ph.D. students admitted to the programme work in one (or sometimes two) of the CEPLAS member laboratories on a topic related to the CEPLAS research plan (list of currently offered projects). Because CEPLAS research projects are highly collaborative, Ph.D. students will benefit from the combined expertise of molecular biologists, biochemists and theoretical biologists. Hence, after completion of the programme, doctoral students will have acquired the skills necessary to excel in their future careers in and outside of academia.
The goal of the CEPLAS Graduate School is to prepare our Ph.D. candidates for a future career in the field of plant sciences in academia as well as in industry.
For that reason our structured programme includes three major areas:
Additional benefits are provided through the CEPLAS mobility fund which supports the option to work in a laboratory abroad for 3 months and the participation at expensive but important workshops, summer schools, etc. To receive this funding, doctoral researchers submit a short proposal that needs to be approved by his/her PI, the respective RA Coordinator and the CEPLAS Training Committee.
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