Research Training Group

The CRC1066 is a highly interdisciplinary Collaborative Research Center whose scientific questions go far beyond the individual subprojects.
For a strong and close cooperation, doctoral students from all disciplines - i.e. chemistry, biomedicine, pharmacy and physics - must also be brought together. The cornerstone for this interaction is the Integrated Research Training Group.
Here, the doctoral students are introduced to the overall scientific topic and a lively exchange is made possible at the immediate working level.

In addition, the doctoral students benefit, for example, from the organization of a lecture series, tutorials and seminars, and summer schools.


Scientific concept

Qualification concept

The integrated research training group serves to provide the doctoral candidates in the subprojects with an introduction to the overall scientific subject matter, which ranges from the classical natural sciences to biomedicine. This is intended to provide an optimal preliminary training for the transition from doctoral studies to professional life in the pharmaceutical industry, for example. This includes the organization of a lecture series, seminars and summer schools. Another central aspect is the co-supervision of the doctoral students by a supervisor from the natural sciences (NW) and medicine (Med).

The Research Training Group fits into existing educational structures of the Johannes Gutenberg University, such as the Graduate School of Excellence MAINZthe Max Planck Graduate Center MPGC and the Mainz Research School of Translational Biomedicine TransMed. In addition, the Research Training Group is also used to provide a common understanding between chemistry and medicine in the use of technical terms but also in the approaches to thinking.

Development prospects

Part 1

In order to optimize development perspectives for the doctoral students participating in the CRC, four additional goals are considered important. These are:

The promotion of the scientific independence of the doctoral students. This includes, for example, the self-organization of seminars as well as the possibility to apply for support by a HIWI during the doctoral thesis.

The cooperation of PhD students and students from the natural sciences and medicine (co-supervision and joint seminars, summer schools). This is intended not only to improve the professional qualifications of the doctoral students, but also to provide them with key qualifications for their professional life that are not specific to their field. Since the exchange between the different areas of the CRC is seen as an essential building block for scientific success, the Research Training Group has a key role here as a platform for interaction at the doctoral level.

Development prospects

Part 2

The preparation and training of young scientists for a scientific career. The main aim here is to promote equal opportunities for women and men.

The internationalization of training. To this end, female and male doctoral candidates have the opportunity to spend part of their doctorate abroad in a renowned research group. During this time, they are supervised by an international tutor who can also act as a contact person before and after their stay abroad.



Applications for membership in the Research Training Group should be addressed to the spokesperson of the Research Training Group and will be decided by the Executive Board. The application must include a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, and information on previous examination achievements. In addition, a proposal for a co-supervisor who comes from the field complementary to the main supervisor(NW or Med) should be included.

Research assistant


Within the CRC it is possible to apply for a research assistant to support the research work of the subprojects. The provided funds allow to finance one research assistant per subproject per year (19 hours/week for 2 months). All PhD students working on a subproject of the CRC are eligible to apply.

A one-page letter should briefly describe the research project and the need for support by a research assistant. The CRC committee decides on the approval of the applications in March and June for the current year and in December for the following year.

At the end of the funding period, the results of the work must be summarized on one page and submitted to the board.