How RESIST is promoting young talents

RESIST offers motivated young people who want to research on infections and immunity numerous qualification measures for different phases of their academic career. On the one hand, young RESIST investigators have access to already existing training and education structures of the Hannover Medical School (MHH) and partners and on the other hand, RESIST creates new own measures for young researchers.

Before university

We explain our research to people of different ages: there has already been a lecture for primary school pupils who came to the MHH for a lecture as part of the KinderUniHannover. We have also come up with exciting tasks and experiments on the topic of infection research for the “B!G B4NG Challenge” competition for schoolchildren organised by Leibniz Universität Hannover (see photo).

It is also planned that RESIST will participate in the LeibnizLab of the University of Hanover in 2023 – so that pupils can carry out experiments on infection research in the classroom.

And our teams also answered questions that pupils have about infection research, as videos on Instagram – as part of “Ask the University-You ask, we answer” of the uniKIK school projects of Leibniz Universität Hannover.

In addition school students can apply for internships in individual laboratories, and high school graduates can work on scientific projects in MHH-RESIST research groups at the MHH as part of the Voluntary Science Year (FWJ) and thus gain their first practical experience in basic research. Here is an article on a current FWJ project. 

For students

For students

It is of particular interest that the new master’s degree course: “Biomedical Data Science” for graduates of a bioscientific bachelor’s degree course or a medical degree course started in the winter semester 2021/22.

There are also numerous further training measures during medical or scientific studies: For example, the RESIST teams offer internships and places for bachelor and master theses to promote practical training.

Learn more about the master’s programme

For doctoral students

For doctoral students

Doctoral students in medicine can, for example, do their doctorate within the “StrucMed” and “KlinStrucMed” programmes, both are offered by the Hannover Biomedical Research School (HBRS). Thereby, RESIST supports students who are working on their medical dissertation in RESIST laboratories.
Students of life sciences can, for example, do their doctorate within the international programmes “Infection Biology” and “DEWIN” (Dynamics of Host-Pathogen Interactions), organised by the Centre for Infection Biology (ZIB). All PhD students financed by RESIST participate in the ZIB programme.

For postgraduates

For postgraduates

One of the possibility for postgraduates from all over the world is to join the annual summer academy LISA, an intensive three-week training in immunology, virology and bacteriology. RESIST supports internships in RESIST research groups – maybe one of the participants likes it so much that he or she would like to stay?
The Translation Alliance in Lower Saxony (TRAIN) offers a postgraduate programme to promote career opportunities in the industry. RESIST supports the participation of suitable RESIST scholarship holders.

In order to promote further education in the advanced phase of postgraduates, there is the “Young Faculty Programme” (YFP) for senior postdoctoral fellows and clinicians. The advantage for the latter: They can research and teach for a few months without having to work in a clinical setting. RESIST supports physicians, scientists, senior postdoctoral fellows and young group leaders who are continuing their education in infection biology.

In addition, RESIST awards one or two DFG-funded “Gerok positions” every year. These are rotational positions for doctors who are temporarily released from patient care duties in order to devote themselves entirely to research.

Additional services

Additional services

RESIST also offers young, talented researchers the following services, some of which are still in the planning phase:

RESIST’s international junior staff can take part in language courses specially organised by RESIST to learn German. The first course started at the beginning of August 2020, these courses by lecturer Artur Sieg are very popular.

Furthermore, RESIST provides access to online tools of Nature Masterclass in Scientific Writing for most talented PhD students of RESIST. This has already happened for the umpteenth time.

A mentoring programme and individual coaching is planned.

Career support in RESIST

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