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

The offers are already aimed at high school students who are interested in molecular and infection biology: They can apply for internships in individual laboratories, and high school graduates can work on scientific projects in RESIST research groups as part of the Voluntary Science Year (FWJ) and thus gain their first practical experience in basic research.

For students

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. It is also of particular interest that the new master’s degree course: “Biomedical Data Science” (link) is currently being developed within the framework of RESIST for graduates of a bioscientific bachelor’s degree course or a medical degree course. It is planned to start in the winter semester 2021/22.

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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 natural 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 program.

For postgraduates

For postgraduates from all over the world there is also an intensive three-week training in immunology, virology and bacteriology in the form of the annual summer academy LISA. 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.

Additional services

RESIST also offers young, talented researchers the following services, some of which are still in the planning phase: The international RESIST junior researchers can participate in language courses to learn German. The first course started in early August 2020. Furthermore, RESIST provides access to online tools of Nature Masterclass in Scientific Writing for most talented PhD students of RESIST. A mentoring programme and individual coaching is also planned.

Career support in RESIST

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