Junta de Andalucía UMA

Supervision, training and support to career development

NanoMedPhD offers the selected candidates the following support schemes.

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A) Supervision arrangements

Participants in NanoMedPhD programme will have the opportunity to receive specific training and participate in nanomedicine research activities in order to obtain a doctoral degree, complimented by dual tutoring:

  • Scientific Supervision: the scientific PhD supervisor will be the person responsible for the research activity of the NanoMedPhD participant. Each NanoMedPhD participant will be supported by a scientific PhD supervisor, selected among the research groups of BIONAND. This Centre will be the physical space where NanoMedPhD participants undertake their research activities, with the objective that they can benefit from its multidisciplinary nature, the expertise of its groups and its technological infrastructure specifically oriented towards nanomedicine.
  • Academic Supervision: the academic PhD tutor will be the person responsible for the orientation and monitoring of the academic formation of the NanoMedPhD participant during the doctoral period. Each NanoMedPhD participant will be supported by an academic tutor. In some cases, tutor and supervisor functions can be performed by the same person.

All PhD students at University of Malaga will be evaluated annually by a Committee designed by the Doctoral School. This Committee assesses two documents prepared by the PhD student, the Research Plan (describing the progress of the research) and the Activity Report (describing the training activities performed), together with yearly reports from the tutor and supervisor. Additionally, the Committee can require the student attend a personal interview. The result of this evaluation can be positive, positive with recommendations or negative. In the case of a negative evaluation, the student will have a second chance after six months to obtain a positive evaluation. If the evaluation is again negative, the student will be excluded from the PhD programme. This process is performed through an on-line system where the students maintain a register of their activities.

NanoMedPhD participants, in liaison with the scientific supervisor, will draw up a Personal Career Development Plan in the first two months. The Personal Career Development Plan will comprise his/her training needs (including complementary skills) and scientific objectives and will later on report upon the success with which these objectives were met. In this way the researchers will be encouraged to play an active role in shaping their own training programme and professional development. Annual meetings will be held between all the fellows and the Scientific Project Coordinator, who will be the Responsible of the Career Guidance of the fellows, acting as a bridge between the academic tutor, the PhD supervisor and the specialised technical staff of the Programme.

The main objective of NanoMed PhD Programme is that participants acquire suitable training and scientific expertise through the research groups where they are integrated in order to obtain a doctoral degree. Moreover, they will receive broad training in relevant scientific techniques in order to improve their scientific background. These training activities, described below, aim to enhance the skills and competitiveness of programme participants and thus increase their future employability in this emerging field.

The training programme includes:

  • Training in the use of unique scientific equipment, offered by BIONAND’s specialist technicians.
  • Technical Courses organised by the University of Malaga Research Support Services.
  • Annual Conference Series of BIONAND, where international researchers specialised in Nanomedicine are invited to give lectures on their work.
  • University of Malaga Conference and Seminar Series, with the participation of renowned national and international researchers.

The Doctoral School of the University of Málaga organizes interdisciplinary courses and activities of interest for PhD students of all the programs. These activities are free for the PhD students. The current plan of training activities includes the following:

  • Cycle of conferences: “Science and Society: The power of knowledge”. With the participation of renowned specialists in the relationships between science and society.
  • Workshop on Professional Orientation for PhD students.
  • Training in Information Skills.
  • Academic English.
  • English for Teaching.
  • Observational Methodology and Qualitative Data Analysis.
  • Impact Factors and Writing of Scientific Texts for Journals.
  • Advice on preparing proposals for regional, national and international funding calls, including specific courses on preparing European projects organized by the FPS International Projects Office.
  • Consultancy on the ethical aspects of projects.
  • Advice and guidance on technology transfer and intellectual property, including annual courses such as “Intellectual and Industrial Property”, “Technology Transfer” and “Creating and launching spinoffs” that are organized by the Technology Transfer Office in conjunction with partners from the private sector.
  • Assistance with aspects related to the dissemination of research results to both specialist and non- specialist audiences, with the involvement of the FPS Communication Department which is responsible for preparing press releases and organizing the participation of researchers in events that disseminate scientific activities to the public, such as the European Researchers’ Night.
  • Legal advice on all aspects related to biomedical research, such as Material Transfer Agreements or the import/export of biological samples.

Following their incorporation, NanoMedPhD participants will receive an “immersion session” in which all aspects of the training offered by the project team will be explained.

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