PhD Program Brochure

Training & Career

For PhD students

A variety of scientific lectures, seminars, workshops, courses and symposia are regularly organised at the MDC to enrich and ensure both professional and personal development of our employees.

Science and research-related training

The MDC offers a number of lectures, seminars, and courses for early-career researchers.

  • Computational and quantitative training - statistics, bioinformatics, machine learning
  • Software training & programming -  Fiji, R basics, R advanced, Python, open source tools
  • Experimental science - technology platforms, imaging, stem cell technology
  • Research translation - spin-out, IP, drug discovery, introduction to translation
  • Other research-related training - scientific writing, research integrity

Doctoral researchers can apply for travel grants to support their participation in international scientific courses and workshops, or extended visits at a partner laboratory abroad.

Personal skills training

The MDC offers a range of personal skills courses on tailored to the needs of early-stage researchers.

  • Soft-skill courses - scientific communication and presentation, project and time management, cooperation and teamwork, networking, intercultural competence etc.
  • Language courses. e.g. intensive German classes for beginners.


All courses offered at the MDC are announced in the MDC Training database (internal access only).

Nobel laureate Thomas Südhof speaking to a packed lecture hall at the MDC

Career development training

The MDC provides a number of career development-related training opportunities throughout the year. These include e.g. courses on career pathways and opportunities, grant and fellowship applications, or  management and leadership. Whether you are planning to continue your path within academic research or explore industry, management, or alternative directions, activities throughout your doctoral studies at the MDC are designed to inspire and prepare you for your next career step.