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2 training opportunities_at_embl_(helke_hillebrand)
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2 training opportunities_at_embl_(helke_hillebrand)
2 training opportunities_at_embl_(helke_hillebrand)
2 training opportunities_at_embl_(helke_hillebrand)
2 training opportunities_at_embl_(helke_hillebrand)
2 training opportunities_at_embl_(helke_hillebrand)
2 training opportunities_at_embl_(helke_hillebrand)
2 training opportunities_at_embl_(helke_hillebrand)
2 training opportunities_at_embl_(helke_hillebrand)
2 training opportunities_at_embl_(helke_hillebrand)
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  • 1. Advanced Training @ EMBLDr. Helke HillebrandDean of Graduate StudiesEuropean Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • 2. Training at all Levels: EICAT @ EMBL EMBL International Center for Advanced Training EIPOD EMBL Postdoc ELLS (European EMBL International Programme Learning Lab for PhD Programme & the Life Sciences) EMBL Collaborative Training Programme EMBO EMBL Symposia EMBL Visitors & Scholars Programme2 Helke Hillebrand 08/2010 EMBL Courses & Conferences
  • 3. Predocs EMBL International PhD Programme EIPP3 Helke Hillebrand 08/2010 03/2009
  • 4. What can Predocs do at EMBL? Biology Chemistry Physics Mathematics Informatics Engineering Molecular Medicine www.embl.org/phdprogramme www.embl.org/postdocs www.embl.org.jobs4 Helke Hillebrand 08/2010 03/2009
  • 5. Life of a Predoc at EMBL in a nutshell  Highly competitive entry for >50 students per year; recruiting globally  Expected to complete PhD studies within 3.5 – 4 years  Tailor-made mentoring – Individual thesis advisory committee (TAC) to meet with annually – Complemetary skills training curriculum for individual choices  Maintaining scientific links back home while joining EMBL – External TAC member from home university – Students ambassador programme  Training all along – Core course (1st year) – Bioinformatics course (2nd year) – Scientific lectures and seminar series – Science & Society seminars and conferences  Fostering early independence – Predoc symposium – Predoc retreat5 Helke Hillebrand 08/2010 03/2009
  • 6. Key performance indicators of a PhD at EMBL Graduation ceremony at EMBL in December, 20086 Helke Hillebrand 08/2010 03/2009
  • 7. Key performance indicators of a PhD at EMBL  Application rate is at about 20:1  Predoc to supervisor ratio is on average 2:1  It takes about 3.5 – 4 years to finish a PhD  Thesis submission rate of > 95% (predoc data since 1993)  Majority of EIPP predocs obtains a doctoral degree with distinction (>75%)  Broad network of partner universities for joint degrees  Excellent publication record – 90% of predocs of a given class get (a) publication(s) from their PhD – Predocs publish on average 2 papers on their PhD thesis topic7 Helke Hillebrand 08/2010 03/2009
  • 8. What do EIPP students do after their PhD? (Data from students who defended since 01/2004) Scientific careers outside research (13%) 18 9 Private sector Academic research (7%) research (80%) 1088 Helke Hillebrand 08/2010
  • 9. Postdocs EMBL Interdisciplinary Postdocs EIPOD Classical Postdoctoral Stream Spanish Postdoctoral Programme9 Helke Hillebrand 08/2010 03/2009
  • 10. The Postdoc community at EMBL  About 220 Postdocs steady state; about 25% annual turnover  Maximum duration of stay is 5 years; average duration is 4 years  Entry routes – recruiting globally: – Classical Postdoctoral Stream (intake of 25-30 p.a.) – EMBL Interdisciplinary Postdocs (EIPOD ; intake of 20 p.a.) – EBI-Sanger Postdoctoral Programme (ESPOD (intake of 2 p.a.) – Spanish Postdoctoral Programme (intake of ~2 p.a.)  Individual mentoring; 2nd mentor scheme  Offering individual career development  Postdocs account for about 30% of the EMBL alumni10 Helke Hillebrand 08/2010 03/2009
  • 11. EMBL Interdisciplinary Postdocs (EIPOD) Features  Interdisciplinary research project  Full three years of funding  Open to all nationalities  Hosted in two different labs at the five EMBL sites  Postdocs to develop own project proposals  Marie Curie CO-FUNDing in 2009-2013 and 2012-2016  Next call opens in June 2012  www.embl.de/postdocs11 Helke Hillebrand 08/2010
  • 12. What do Postdocs do after EMBL? (Data from 921 postdocs whose whereabouts are known) Scientific careers outside research (1%) 32 Non-scientific careers (3%) 90 Private sector research (10%) 13 786 Academic research (85%)12 Helke Hillebrand 08/2010
  • 13. Complementary skills training How to balance between ‚too much vs. not enough‘ ? The right thing at the right time... - And what to do after PhD and Postdoc?13 Helke Hillebrand 08/2010 03/2009
  • 14. Participating in non-scientific training activities  Language training (German, English, French)  IT courses (Microsoft Office and more)  General training and development programme – Personal skills (time management, personal effectiveness, ...) – Communication skills (presentation skills, scientific writing, ...) – Project management – Grant applications & interviewing skills – Team building & conflict management – ...  Career day – insight into alternative careers14 Helke Hillebrand 08/2010 03/2009
  • 15. ... how to avoid the Cecilia phenotype? Complementary skills training15 Helke Hillebrand 08/2010 03/2009
  • 16. Thank you!

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