Structure of the Program


The curriculum will be operated under the auspices of the Rhine Main Neuroscience Network (rmn2).

The MD/PhD-PhD program in “Translational Biomedicine” in Mainz (to be started in 2012) will provide the formal regulations (Prüfungsordnung etc). Via the Credit Point System it is possible that the students attend seminars and courses at both universities and at the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) on “Neural Circuits”. Students will have the option of obtaining a MD/PhD or PhD (equivalent to the Dr. rer. nat.) offered by the interfaculty program of the Faculties of Medicine, Psychology, Chemistry and Biology of the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz. Based on the formal contract of collaboration by the Universities of Mainz and Frankfurt, principal investigators at both sites including the MPIs are eligible as faculty members. Furthermore, the degrees of Dr. phil. nat. from the University of Frankfurt (under the auspices of the ICNF and involving the Faculties of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacy and of Biological Sciences) or the Dr. rer. nat. from the University of Mainz will also be offered.

Qualification concept

The research project of the student shall be determined by the principal doctoral supervisor of the project under the active participation of the doctoral student. Doctoral students are assessed by an admission committee comprised of not only the supervisor, but also of faculty members within the rmn2. An advisor/mentor (second supervisor from a related research area within the CRC, but not the same institution) shall be involved in this process. The supervisor and the advisor also serve on the thesis committee. The research project corresponds to about 85% of the total work time invested in the doctoral studies (150 CP).

A structured core curriculum is offered by the rmninvolving principal investigators from Mainz and Frankfurt (30 CP). Students are integrated closely and are obliged to attend the regular guest lectures held by visiting scientists. Since the main goal of this program is practical education, lab rotations, practical training and methods courses are held involving the principal investigators to enable maximal exposure to all methodological aspects of the neurosciences. This is flanked by a comprehensive soft skills training program. The qualification concept comprises a defined amount of active participation in specific aspects of the curriculum for which credit points are assigned. A defined amount of credit points must be reached to complete the degree training.

Selection and supervisory concept

Admission to the rmn2 teaching program requires that the student submits via email a complete CV, names of at least two references and a 3-page scientific proposal. The student may directly contact and interact with a PI of the CRC. Candidates from European countries will be invited to Mainz and/or Frankfurt for an oral presentation of their previous work and for interview. Candidates from non-European countries are interviewed via Skype or on the occasion of an international conference (SfN, FENS, IBRO etc.). Positions are available via individual principal investigators (PI) and their funds.