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10. Apr 2024

Services and contact persons at the family-friendly university

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As a central contact and advice point, the Family Office provides information and support on the topics of working, qualifying and studying with child(ren) and/or relatives in need of care, as well as on family-friendly working, qualification and study conditions. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to arrange a consultation. The Family Office homepage already provides you with a wealth of information, such as on:

5. Apr 2024

Interviews mit drei Doktorandinnen der MLU

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Wie sieht also eine Karriere in der Wissenschaft an der MLU aus? Die Promotion ist oft der Anfang einer Wissenschaftskarriere hin zu einer Professur. Und dennoch, die Promotion eröffnet viele weitere berufliche Möglichkeiten, sowohl an der MLU als auch in vielen anderen Institutionen.

Die Interviews sind Teil der Erfahrungsberichte auf der Webseite zur Karriereberatung der MLU

13. Mar 2024

Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz in a nutshell

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Want to learn more about contract law in academia in Germany?

Please check the article “The German ‘Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz’ in a nutshell” of German Scholars Organization e. V..

12. Feb 2024

Writing an exposé

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Do you have a research question that you would like to investigate? Would you like to do that in the context of a doctorate? Are you planning to present your idea to your preferred professor to apply as a candidate for supervision? It’s time to write your exposé!

The exposé provides an overview of your planned research work. It links your research question with a plan for its investigation. You provide a clearly understandable, coherently reasoned explanation of

  • what you want to investigate,
  • why you’re investigating it and
  • how you want to investigate it.
Figure: A convincing exposé makes the components Why?, What?, and How? interlock like gears and form a comprehensive result.

A well-written synopsis not only convinces scholarship providers or potential supervisors of your research idea. It also helps you as the author to structure your own project, to critically question it and to recognize potential challenges early on. Think of the exposé as a very first draft of your dissertation. This type of preparation can save valuable time, energy and resources later on.

Form and structure of an exposé

A clear structure is the necessary framework for convincingly communicating the core of your idea – the research question. You explain how you derived it and how you want to investigate it. There is not one strict form that an exposé must follow. However, certain key elements should be present in a logical order to achieve a comprehensible result.

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8. Dec 2023

What supervisors want / Was Betreuende erwarten

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The relationship between doctoral researchers and their supervisors influences the pathway and success of a doctoral project and is a crucial factor for the start of an academic career (Ives & Rowley 2007). It is thus all the more important that both parties deal with the perspective, expectations and needs of the other side.

With the project “What supervisors want” InGrA sheds some light on the relationship between supervisors and their doctoral students. The project was carried out in 2023.

The project consists of the following parts:

  • Introduction to the project
  • Results of the online survey of doctoral students on supervision
  • Portraits of interview participants
  • Interviews with supervisors (in German)
    • Prof. Dr. Daniel Wefers (Food Chemistry)
    • Prof. Dr. Jenny Haase (Spanish and American Literature and Culture), 
    • Prof. Dr. Ingo Heilmann (Plant Biochemistry) 
    • Prof. Dr. Konstanze Senge (Economic and Organisational Sociology).
  • Interview: main take-aways (in English)

To provide information and guidance for doctoral students we have approached supervisors in four departments at MLU. In semi-structured interviews we asked them about their perspective and experiences in the supervision of doctoral students. This was preceded by an online survey in which doctoral researchers had the opportunity to ask their questions and thus helped to shape the interview guidelines. Enjoy the reading. Hopefully, we can broaden your perspective on doctoral supervision and What supervisors want.

More at the website What supervisors want

7. Sep 2023

Series of guides (Guides4docs@MLU) for early career researchers at MLU released

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InGrA has released a series of guides Guides4docs@MLU recently. With the following topics you can get a good overview of options and requirements during your future or current doctorate at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.

14. Aug 2023

Information zur VBL

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Die VBL (Versorgungsanstalt des Bundes und der Länder) ist Deutschlands größte Zusatzversorgungskasse zur betrieblichen Altersversorgung für Beschäftigte des öffentlichen Dienstes. Somit auch ein mögliches Thema für wissenschaftlich Beschäftigte (Promovierende und PostDocs) der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg. Doch es gibt einige Besonderheiten, die es zu beachten gilt.

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12. Apr 2023

Writing a publication

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Recommendation for writing a paper

8. Dec 2022

[Nature] Focus on Peer Review

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In a free-to-access Focus on Peer Review course, a panel of experienced researchers and Nature Research journal editors teach the foundations of good peer review.

The online courses are taught by Nature Portfolio journal editors, and academic and professional experts. Nature Masterclasses has been developed by Nature Research to provide professional development training for researchers. Nature Research is part of Springer Nature.

6. Dec 2022

Zeit Campus Ratgeber Promotion

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Die dritte komplett überarbeitete Ausgabe des ZEIT CAMPUS Ratgeber Promotion ist erschienen.

Der ZEIT CAMPUS Ratgeber Promotion ist der Begleiter für (angehende) Promovierende auf allen Stationen der Promotion: von der Entscheidung über die Planung und Durchführung der Arbeit bis zu den letzten Nachtschichten vor der Abgabe. (von Zeit Campus)

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