Scientific training at the MDC
Excellent training is the foundation of a successful scientific career, and a major priority for the MDC. We aim to provide early-career researchers, students, and others with a stimulating environment and training opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills. Our goal is to give them the best possible foundation for a research career, as well as equipping them with the skills needed to pursue a broad range of related employment options. The MDC provides a number of training activities:
Scientific career programmes
FOR PHD STUDENTS
The MDC Graduate School provides comprehensive and structured support to approximately 350 PhD students pursuing their doctoral training at the MDC.
The postdoctoral years are a key stage in a research career, representing the transition to becoming an independent scientist. Read more about postdoctoral training at the MDC here.
Career development for researchers and support staff
OPPORTUNITIES AT THE MDC
Many MDC career services are open to the entire institute, including seminars, career events, mentoring programmes, language classes and other training courses.
OPPORTUNITIES ON CAMPUS
Life-Sciences for schools
FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS
The MDC established and co-finances a schools teaching laboratory, the Gläsernes Labor, running hands-on life-science courses for all levels from pre-school to school-leavers and even teachers. Courses run either within the school term or as summer-schools.
This MDC, SenBJW-accredited teacher training scheme was established to give secondary school science teachers from the Berlin region the opportunity to gather insight into modern-day research in the life sciences. The scheme runs half-day courses at the MDC throughout the school year, plus many other activities (information in German only).