Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Life Sciences

During the doctorate

Offers of the doctoral degree programmes

Some of the topic-specific doctoral degree programmes at our Faculty open up selected events to all doctoral students. The following list includes links to the courses and events offered by partner doctoral degree programmes, which are available according to demand. Please contact the relevant coordinator, if you wish to attend an event.

 

Structured Doctoral Degree Programs Coordinator
Berlin School of Integrative Oncology (BSIO) n.n. (contact adress)
Berlin School of Mind and Brain Dr. Dirk Mende
Berlin-Brandenburg School for Regenerative Therapies (BSRT) Dr. Sabine Bartosch
Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience und GRK 1589 Dr. Robert Martin
Charité - International Graduate Program Medical Neurosciences Dr. Benedikt Salmen
GRK 1772 "Computational Systems Biology" Dr. Cordelia Arndt-Sullivan
IGRK 2290 "Crossing Boundaries: Molecular Interactions in Malaria" Dr. Juliane Lippmann
International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (IMPRS-LIFE) Dr. Imke Kruse
IRI Life Sciences – Integrative Research Institute for the Life Sciences Dr. Stefanie Scharf
IRI THESys – Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems Kathrin Klementz
Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie Katrin Wittig
Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie e. V. (ATB) - LandPakt Dr. Ulrike Präger
Leibniz-Institut für Gemüse- und Zierpflanzenbau (IGZ) Dipl. Ing. Anna Neumann
Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei (IGB) im Forschungsverbund Berlin e. V. Dr. Kirsten Pohlmann
Leibniz-Institut für Zoo- und Wildtierforschung (IZW) im Forschungsverbund Berlin e. V. Dr. Miriam Brandt
Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF) e. V. Katharina Brüser
Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft (MDC) - MDC Graduate School Dr. Michaela Herzig
Museum für Naturkunde - Evolution und Biodiversitätsforschung Astrid Faber
Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK) e. V. Sven Oliver Arndt
Promotionskolleg Agrarökonomik - Agricultural Economics Gabriele Würth
Robert Koch Doktorandenkolleg Dr. Sieglinde Wilkes
ZIBI Graduate School Dr. Juliane Kofer
GRK 2046 "Parasite Infections: From Experimental Models to Natural Systems" Dr. Marko Janke
International Max Planck Research School for Infectious Diseases and Immunology (IMPRS-IDI) Dr. Susann Beetz
Leibniz Graduate School for Rheumatology (LGRh, Deutsches Rheumaforschungszentrum) Dr. Kathrin Moser
IGRK 2403 Dissecting and reengineering the regulatory genome Dr. Katharina Ahrens
GRK 2424 CompCancer - Computational Methods in Oncolocy: Towards Personalized Medicine in Cancer n.n. (contact adress)

Modules

Doctoral students at the Faculty of Life Sciences may attend a range of regular courses within the Master’s degree programmes offered by the Faculty.

 

Doctoral students at the Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute for Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences must complete a programme of study worth 18 credit points during the doctoral study period. The modules to be attended form a component of the supervision agreement. Proof of having obtained the 18 credit points is a prerequisite for the initiation of the doctoral degree procedure.

Doctoral students in Biology/Biophysics and Psychology are not obliged to follow a prescribed curriculum or obtain a certain number of credits (unless otherwise indicated in the supervision agreement or required by a specific doctoral degree programme). They are at liberty to attend individual courses within a module or entire modules, if they wish.

 

If you would like to attend a course or a complete module from the Faculty of Life Sciences’ course catalogue, please contact the lecturer directly. They shall decide whether attendance is possible on the basis of available space. In addition, they will stipulate the level of achievement required in order to successfully pass the course. Please ensure to obtain proof of your attendance at the end of the course.

 

Current course catalogue

 

 

Certificate

At the end of the doctoral studies, the Graduate Centre issues a certificate which serves as proof of the courses and events attended by the doctoral student. Also courses and events which have not been organized by the Graduate Centre can be certified.

The attendance in a course in Good Scientific Practice is needed for the issuing of this certificate.

The certificate is not a prerequisite for initiation of the doctoral degree procedure. Rather, it serves as proof of the subject-specific and general qualifications obtained by the doctoral student during his/her doctoral studies.
Doctoral candidates for whom attendance of certain courses was compulsory according to the supervision agreement must provide proof of this upon submission of the thesis.

 

In order to issue the certificate at the end of the doctoral degree programme, all evidence of attendance at the courses and events to be certified must be submitted electronically (scanned) to the Graduate Centre coordinator. Evidence may be:

  • a certificate of attendance issued after the course/event.
  • signature of the lecturer (or another authorised person) on a record of attendance.

 

 

Writing up the thesis

Formal guidelines

 

There are only a few formal guidelines that apply when you are writing up your thesis. The thesis must:

include a title page (please leave the name of the examiners and the date of the oral exam blank).

include a statement of authorship.

be submitted as a bound copy.

Apart from the above, there are no formal specifications regarding the font size or typeface, nor as to whether the thesis is printed single or double-sided etc.

Please ensure that you comply with Humboldt-Universität's affiliation guidelines for publications written as part of your doctoral project - even if you will write your dissertation as a monograph.

 

Cumulative thesis

 

Please discuss with your supervisor whether you intend to write a monograph or a cumulative thesis.

 

For cumulative theses, please note:
 Faculty committee resolution from 16th December 2015
 

The Faculty committee has determined the following subject-specific regulations with regards to co-authorship of cumulative theses:

  • The chairman of the Doctoral Degrees Committee cannot be a co-author.
  • One reviewer can be co-author of a paper.
  • The majority of the members of the Doctoral Degrees Committee are not allowed to be co-author.
  • The two pieces of original work required with the candidate as lead author must have been accepted for publication by the publisher as a minimum requirement.
  • Review articles and commentaries are not accepted as original work.
  • Cumulative doctoral theses require at least two original works in peer-reviewed journals. The doctoral student must be the lead author in at least two of the works. The Departmental Board decides on the approval of publications with shared lead authorship. The Departmental Board can assign this to the Doctoral Degree Board of the Department. The doctoral student and the supervising professor are invited to attend the meeting concerning this. Doctoral students completing cumulative doctoral theses must clearly indicate the works which they have completed independently. The co-authors must confirm this in writing.

 

The above rules are valid for the following Doctoral Degree Regulations:

  • Faculty of Life Sciences from 5th March 2015
  • Faculty of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences from 31st March 2014
  • Faculty of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences from 14th July 2005
  • Faculty of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences from 7th August 2002
  • Faculty of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences from 16th August 1994

 

 Additional subject-specific regulations at the Department of Psychology
 

For the Doctoral Degree Regulations of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences  please use the information sheet of the MFN II Faculty.
 

 

 Co-authors
 

If parts of your doctor's thesis are co-authored, you must submit a declaration of your own contribution that has been signed by all co-authors. You may use the form which can found under "Forms, regulations."

 

 

 

Publication

Following successful defence of your thesis, you must make your work available to the academic community. The technical and formal standards of the University Library are available here:

Electronic publication

Document templates

It may be convenient to ensure that your work already conforms to the technical standards of University Library when you are preparing copies of the thesis for the initiation of the doctoral degree procedure.

You can find various publication options in the doctoral degree regulations.

Additional information regarding publication is available on the webpages of the University Library.

Please ensure that your publication comply with Humboldt-Universität's affiliation guidelines.

 

Legal questions

Please clarify any legal questions associated with the publication of your thesis independently before submitting your work. The Doctoral Office does not offer legal advice.

 


 

 

Supervisor meetings

Regular contact with the supervisor and, if needed, other experts, is important for successful completion of the doctoral studies.

At the beginning of the doctoral study period, doctoral students and supervisors draw up a supervision agreement in which, among other things, the frequency of regular meetings is established. Doctoral students and supervisors review the progress of the project at least once per semester on the basis of summaries, interim reports and individual chapters.

In addition, the supervisor commits to providing extensive oral and/or written feedback on the work submitted for the agreed meetings. As evidence of this as well as of the recommended next steps, supervision meeting minutes should be completed and signed by all parties involved.

Doctoral student representatives

In order to enable an optimal range of courses and events offered by the Graduate Centre for doctoral students at the Faculty, the wishes of all doctoral students should be taken into account when preparing and organising new initiatives. In addition, wishes and problems of general interest should be able to be addressed and discussed.

This is ensured by way of elected doctoral student representatives. The doctoral student representatives function as the voice and mediator between doctoral students, the Graduate Centre coordinator and the Faculty Committee (represented by the Deputy Dean for Research and the group of academic staff on the Faculty Committee).

The doctoral students in each department of the Faculty are represented by a doctoral student representative. During the initial phase of the Graduate Centre, these roles will be fulfilled in the first instance by volunteers. In the medium term, however, the doctoral student representatives should be elected by all doctoral students.

 

The current doctoral student representatives are:

Rafael Deliz-Aguirre, Kimberly Hartl and Sharareh Salehi (Biology, Biophysics)

Mikayel Avagyan and Isabel Zentgraf (Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences)

Kim Klüber and Maria Glaser (Psychology)

 

If you have questions for the doctoral student representatives, please send them by E-mail to represent.docs.lewi@hu-berlin.de.

 

Graduate Centre Coordinator

As Graduate Centre coordinator, I am the point of contact for all concerns raised by doctoral students and supervisors which go beyond the formalities of the doctoral studies. For example, I take care of all further education and training, networking and information that the Graduate Centre offers. In addition, I mediate between the doctoral students or the elected doctoral student representatives and the ‘official power’ in the Faculty, for example the Faculty Committee and its representatives, the Deputy Dean for Research and also the group of academic staff.


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Juliane Lukas
Graduate Centre Coordinator
(parental leave substitute for Dr. Julia Klauder)
promotion.lewi@hu-berlin.de
Tel.: +49 30 2093-46286
Fax: +49 30 2093-46313
Room 1025

Office hours
Monday and Thursday via phone

 

 

 


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Faculties & Departments | Faculty of Life Sciences | Scientific career | Doctorate | During the doctorate | 17.06.2021 Information Event "Doctoral Studies at the Faculty of Life Sciences"

17.06.2021 Information Event "Doctoral Studies at the Faculty of Life Sciences"

  • When Jun 17, 2021 from 03:00 to 11:59
  • Where Online
  • iCal

The biannual Information Event "Doctoral Studies at the Faculty of Life Sciences" will inform new doctoral candidates of our Faculty as well as interested Master's students about essential issues related to your (potential) doctoral studies at our Faculty.

 

The following topics will be covered:

  • Regulations and formalities: admission, enrolment and the doctoral examination process
  • Individual doctoral studies vs. structured doctoral programmes
  • Offers of Graduate Centre Life Sciences and other institutions at HU Berlin as well as of Berlin University Alliance
  • Rights and obligations of doctoral candidates

 

No registration is needed for your participation.

 

Link for Zoom meeting:

https://hu-berlin.zoom.us/j/66239959820?pwd=Vit2MnFUVkxzZ000dktmNVNLQzI1QT09

Meeting-ID: 662 3995 9820
Passwort: 295663

 

 

Career Development

Planning the own career after the doctoral study period, either in academia or not, should start as early as possible. This page provides information on where to inform about your career opportunities.

 

Future career events in Berlin:

23.02.2022 Jobvector Career Day (virtuel)
01.11.2022

Career Day Berlin

date not yet determined "Research in Germany" Virtual Career Fair

 

Offers of Humboldt Graduate School

Humboldt Graduate School (HGS) has a well aligned programme for career develoment
HGS offers:

 

an annual Career Day
(About 20 mostly graduated professionals give insights into their career paths and fields, and give information on entry, hurdles, delights, opportunities and challenges of their working life.)

Career counselling
(In a first meeting with a specially-trained coach, your own career aims, wishes and opportunities will be discussed. Thereby, you will explore which offers of HGS, HU (Berufliche Weiterbildung, Career Service, Humboldt Innovation etc.) or beyond (offers of other universities, events of professional associations, fairs etc.) could be helpful for you.)

Offers for further training, e.g. traing for writing applications and for job interviews

Mentoring programme, especially peer mentoring

 

Further information on all offers are available on the website of Humboldt Graduate School.

Consultation hour for doctoral candidates and master students

Are you unsure whether a doctorate at the Faculty of Life Sciences is the right next step in your career? Do you need further information regarding the admission or the doctoral process at the Faculty of Life Sciences? Or are you already a doctoral student and need an advice concerning a conflict with your supervisor or your colleagues? Whatever it is, the doctoral student representatives and the Graduate Centre Coordinator will try to help you!

 

When?: Usually on the last Friday of a month, 9 -10 am

 

Next dates:

18.06.2021

30.07.2021

 

Link for consultation hour: https://hu-berlin.zoom.us/j/98214555078

Meeting-ID: 975 6972 5510
Passwort: 088271

 

If you are not familiar with Zoom, here you can find information and tutorials how to use Zoom.


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Faculties & Departments | Faculty of Life Sciences | Scientific career | Doctorate | During the doctorate | 27.11.2020 Online consultation hour for doctoral candidates and master students

27.11.2020 Online consultation hour for doctoral candidates and master students

  • When Nov 27, 2020 from 09:00 to 10:00
  • iCal

Are you unsure whether a doctorate at the Faculty of Life Sciences is the right next step in your career? Do you need further information regarding the admission or the doctoral process at the Faculty of Life Sciences? Or are you already a doctoral student and need an advice concerning a conflict with your supervisor or your colleagues? Whatever it is, the doctoral student representatives and the Graduate Centre Coordinator will try to help you!

 

When?: Last Friday of every month, 9 -10 am

 

Next dates:

27.11.2020

18.12.2020

29.01.2021

 

Link for consultation hour: https://hu-berlin.zoom.us/j/98214555078

 

If you are not familiar with Zoom, here you can find information and tutorials how to use Zoom.

06.05.2021 Networking Event "Ask a (soon-to-be) PhD"

  • When May 06, 2021 from 05:00 to 07:00
  • Where Zoom Conference
  • iCal

Want to get sincere insights into PhD life and/ or exchange views and ideas about the doctoral phase? Then you are cordially invited to the online event "Ask a (soon-to-be) PhD", organized by your doctoral student representatives at the Faculty of Life Sciences and the Graduate Centre Life Sciences at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. In this event, the invited speakers will share their experiences and knowledge on a wide variety of topics related to PhD life, such as funding your PhD, having an exchange semester, and challenges and rewards along the way. The event will provide honest and truthful guidance about PhD Journey from people who completed their PhD or are at a late stage of their PhD. It is not always possible to foresee everything that comes with a PhD, but you can always ask a (soon-to-be) PhD.

The event is open to all PhD and master students from the Faculty of Life Sciences. Participation is free of charge. Registration before the event is not essential, but desired.

 

Program:

Session A

17:00 - 17:30 - Funding options for PhD

17:30 - 18:00 - Chosing a supervisor and topic

18:00 - 18:30 - Academia or not, still PhD?

18:30 - 19:00 - Doctoral phase: ideal vs. reality

 

Session B

17:00 - 17:30 - Mental health

17:30 - 18:00 - Experiences abroad and gap years

18:00 - 18:30 - Ups and downs during PhD

18:30 - 19:00 - Academia or not, still post doc?

 

Nonbinding registration:

Registration for "Ask a (soon-to-be) PhD"

 

Login details:

Zoom link: https://hu-berlin.zoom.us/j/63401797898?pwd=a1ZReUUzQWtLUitiWk8wSG4yQ29mUT09
Meeting-ID: 634 0179 7898
Passwort: 821675