Project MGK:

Integrated Research Training Group
(since 2015)

Within the SFB, the Research Training Group (MGK) provides adequate research training activities to the doctoral researchers, launches interdisciplinary networking activities and hosts scientific guests of the SFB. A summer school has been organised which has also provided a forum for two of the three working groups of our SFB and attracted a large number of participants. In addition, the independence of the doctoral re-searchers is promoted by encouraging them to organise their own scientific workshops, to exchange ideas on scientific collaborations directly with their colleagues, and by election of three spokespersons who acted as links to the Steering Committee and the principal investigators of the SFB.

Integrated Research Training Group
(Modulintegriertes Graduiertenkolleg)
(2011 - 2015)

The collaborative research centre and the involved partner institutions place a strong emphasis on developing excellent human resources for their own demand and for the demand of partnering research institutions and industrial companies. In order to succeed in the interdisciplinary network which forms the basis of the SFB, the young researchers have to possess a broad basic knowledge of the fundamentals of the participating disciplines. More specifically this means that they have to be well-trained in the physics of processes on a nanometre and nanosecond scale, the thermodynamics and chemistry of chalcogenide phases and their defects, as well as the background of the applied theoretical and experimental techniques. At the same time we want to establish specific measures to promote the collaboration and communication as well as other complimentary skills of the Doctoral Researchers working in the related fields. Based on high-level teaching modules, a balanced supervision concept, international networking and an official documentation of the individual merits, the SFB offers an attractive and stimulating environment to all young researchers involved. The independence of the students is promoted by giving them the responsibility for specific activities in the SFB, including the organisation of workshops and the choice of candidates for the guest programme. The research training group is not limited to the Doctoral Researchers directly funded by the SFB, but is rather able to integrate also Doctoral Researchers working in related fields in JARA-FIT. The international networking is promoted by establishing short-term stipends for visiting students or post-docs, who participate in the research and education programme of the SFB.

Principal investigators:

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. J. Mayer
Gemeinschaftslabor für Elektronenmikroskopie (GFE)
RWTH Aachen University and
Ernst Ruska-Centrum (ER-C)
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Phone: +49 (0)241 80 24350

Dr. rer. nat. O. Cojocaru-Mirédin
I. Physikalisches Institut IA
RWTH Aachen University
Phone: +49 (0)241 80 20270

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