PhD Life at the Institute

PhD Life at the Institute

At our institute, postdocs and PhD students work closely together to promote both scientific and social exchange between scientists from all departments. Together they organize a PhD/Postdoc Seminar Series in which they invite internal and external speakers on topics of science and career development. These seminars are always followed by an informal get-together after the seminar, which offers room for further exchange and networking.


All the scientists from our institute go on a yearly scientific retreat, whose main goal is to foster scientific exchange. Collaboration between well-informed scientists is the basis of first-class research. The postdocs and PhDs are responsible for designing the annual scientific program.

All PhD students can regularly participate in trainings and seminars that are organized in house or take place externally. Non-scientific trainings cover topics such as presentation skills, scientific writing, leadership skills, career planning, time management, conflict management and many more. We also organize scientific workshops that are offered by the scientific core facilities or experienced staff scientists.

The Max Planck PhDnet is a network representing the over 4500 doctoral researchers in the Max Planck Society. Founded in 2003, the PhDnet works mainly on improving working conditions of DRs and promoting scientific exchange. A committee of the PhDnet comprises elected external representatives of the institutes.
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Guidelines on the Training of Doctoral Students at the Max Planck Society<strong> <br /></strong>
The aim of the Max Planck Society is to carry out basic research at the highest possible level. The same holds for the research carried out by its doctoral students. The Max Planck Society therefore has a particular responsibility for junior scientists and must, among other things, ensure optimal supervision and training. Doctoral students must meet high expectations, and similarly high requirements apply to the supervision of doctoral students at the the Max Planck Insitutes, as responsible supervision with transparent framework conditions and rules are decisive factors in the successful completion of a doctorate. more
Guidelines on the Thesis Advisory Committee Meetings at our Institute
For students who are not enrolled in a structured PhD program we arrange individual Thesis Advisory Committees (TAC) to provide guidance for our PhD students throughout their studies. The TAC monitors the progress and development of the PhD students and provides advice to our students and their supervisors. The committee members are also available for one-to-one consultations with the student and can become an important networking partner. Our PhD students can contact the committee members for personal discussions at any time. more
Guidelines concerning the Prevention of Plagiarism
The following guidelines are designed to prevent plagiarism in PhD, Master, Bachelor or Diploma theses written at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research. They are adapted from the Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences and the Faculty of Biosciences of Heidelberg University. Please note that these guidelines cannot cover all possible questions, which you might have or situations you might be confronted with. If in doubt, please contact your supervisor, the ombudsperson or the scientific coordinator of our institute. In addition, you should always follow the rules of good scientific practice. more
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