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PhD Guide -

Doctoral Programs at the Medical University of Innsbruck

 

Index  

A.  Requirements for admission and employment

A1. Requirements for admission

A2. Employment

B.  Doctoral programs

B1. Molecular oncology

B2. Molecular cell biology

B3. Neuroscience

B4. Regulation of gene expression during growth, development and differentiation

B5. Infectious diseases: molecular mechanisms

B6. Image-guided diagnosis and therapy (igdt)

B7. Muskuloskeletale sciences

B8. Genetics and genomics

C.  Documents

C1. Submission of required lecture certificates

C2. Submission of the doctoral thesis

C3. Registration for the 2 viva-voce (exams)

D.  Admission deadlines 

E.  Special information for foreign students 

E1. Nationals of eu/eea countries

E2. Nationals of other countries (third countries)

E3. Registration offices

F.  Remarks 

G.  Web-sites 

H.  Editorial 

 

A. REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION AND EMPLOYMENT

A1. Requirements for admission are:

  • A degree in human medicine or dentistry or
  • A masters degree in natural sciences or
  • A degree in an approved postsecondary education unit, comparable in form and content to a masters degree and providing the student with the required basic knowledge to participate in a doctoral program. This has to be approved by the vice chancellor for teaching and studies.
  • A bachelor’s degree is not sufficient!

When applying from abroad, the registration office will require a detailed description of the previous studies, its duration, the name of the university and department and the name of the country where the academic grade was obtained (in general a collection of your certificates and your diploma/master certificate are sufficient).

Please note that an experimental diploma/master thesis or other comparable experimental scientific experience is recommended.

 The documents mentioned above can be submitted in English or German. If the original documents are written in any other language, they have to be translated (certified!!) into one of the above mentioned languages (for details ask at the office of the vice chancellor for teaching and studies or at the Studienabteilung).

Finally, the applicant has to:

  1. Find a scientist who has an open position for you and is willing to be your supervisor, and show the confirmation of two other professors who agreed to be members of the dissertation committee.
  2. Select a doctoral program and ask for the approval of the coordinator for his/her proposed doctoral thesis.
  3. Prepare the outline of his/her research work together with the supervisor and provide a working title of his/her doctoral thesis.

 

A2. EMPLOYMENT

Students in the doctoral programs usually are employed by their supervisors or the institution where the supervisor works. The employment conditions may vary slightly depending on the type of funding (grants, …).

The annual gross income of a doctoral student, issued for example by the Austrian Science Fund (Austria’s most important funding institution), amounts to approximately EUR 30,150.-- After tax deductions (including state taxes, social security, etc. …) a monthly net income of about EUR 1,200 (plus two additional salaries = Christmas and holiday salary) can be expected.

The employee also takes on duties: 30h/week, 25 days holiday a year, daily attendance…

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B. DOCTORAL PROGRAMS

 

B1. MOLECULAR ONCOLOGY

Contact:

Wolfgang Doppler, E-Mail: Wolfgang.Doppler@i-med.ac.at, Phone: +43 512 9003 70150

Description:

The program "Molecular Oncology" offers a basic training in molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry and clinical oncology. The goal of this program is to train students in state-of-the-art technologies that are relevant for advanced basic cancer research and to communicate the skills and knowledge to translate basic research into the setting of clinical oncology.

This goal is pursued through courses that are held by scientists working in basic cancer research as well as by research-oriented clinical oncologists. This approach, which can be described as ranging "from the molecule to the bedside", is in line with modern international curricula in molecular oncology and will qualify the graduated student as prime candidates for positions in basic and applied cancer research at the international level. 

 

B2. MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY

Contact:

David Teis, E-Mail:David.Teis@i-med.ac.at, Phone: +43 512 9003 70191

Description:

In the program “Molecular Cell Biology” the natural science students and medical students study the basic mechanisms and the regulation of cell functions. The program of molecular cell biology combines modern molecular, structural and functional approaches using normal and genetically modified model organisms and cell culture systems.

In the MCB doctoral program graduate students will receive in depth training in up-to-date topics and state-of-the-art techniques of molecular cell biology. The integration into a dynamic, interdisciplinary research team facilitates the successful pursuit of the thesis research. The MCB students gain the necessary expertise to meet the challenges of the scientific profession.

 

B3. NEUROSCIENCE

Contact:

Markus Reindl, E-Mail:markus.reindl@i-med.ac.at, Phone: +43 50 504 24363

Christoph Schwarzer, E-Mail:schwarzer.christoph@i-med.ac.at, Phone: +43 512 9003 71205

 Description:

The neuroscience program is designed as a course of basic and clinical neuroscience. It is our goal to introduce the graduate students to up-to-date theories about brain function and state-of-the-art research strategies. In addition, graduate students acquire the technical skills of planning, conducting and evaluating complex experiments and clinical studies.

Participation in the program thus lays the cornerstone for young researchers interested in pursuing a career in academic, clinical and bio-technological research fields.

 

B4. REGULATION OF GENE EXPRESSION DURING GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT AND DIFFERENTIATION

Contact:

Gerlad Brosch, E-Mail: gerald.brosch@i-med.ac.at, Phone: +43 512 9003 70211

Alexandra Lusser, E-Mail: alexandra.lusser@i-med.ac.at, Phone: +43 512 9003 70210

Description:

The program ”Gene expression during growth, development and differentiation” focuses on the investigation of basic mechanisms in gene regulation in a wide range of organisms, ranging from single-celled slime molds to fish and mammals, including humans. A team of 18 senior scientists affiliated to the Innsbruck Medical University Hospital, to the Life Sciences departments of the Innsbruck Medical University as well as the Leopold Franzens University of Innsbruck cooperate in supervising dissertation studies in natural and medical sciences.

 

B5. INFECTIOUS DISEASES: MOLECULAR MECHANISMS

Contact:

Reinhard Würzner, E-Mail: reinhard.wuerzner@i-med.ac.at, Phone: +43 (0)512/9003-70707 

Description:

The module "Infectious Diseases-Molecular Mechanisms" coordinates all doctoral studies, dealing with infectious diseases, both in clinical and pre-clinical institutes at Innsbruck Medical University. It is envisaged to teach the students in basics of medical microbiology (virology, bacteriology, mycology, parasitology) and immunology with particular emphasis on host-pathogen-relationships, especially at the molecular level. This perfectly fits into the 'Centre of Excellence (Schwerpunkt)' "Infectiology & Immunity".

The Core Courses (KF) of the module are taught on an annual basis (i.e. once a year), so that most of these courses can be taken during the first year. The student has enough choice, but following the easy schedule he/she will automatically fulfill all necessary requirements for the module (e.g. the minimum hours in each category).

 

B6. IMAGE-GUIDED DIAGNOSIS AND THERAPY (IGDT)

Contact:

Wolfgang Freysinger, E-Mail: Wolfgang.Freysinger@i-med.ac.at, Phone: +43 50 504 22314

Werner Jaschke, E-Mail: werner.jaschke@i-med.ac.at, Phone: +43 50 504 22760

Description:

Imaging plays a crucial role in modern medicine, allowing a detailed view on morphology and function on a hitherto unknown quality and scale. Imaging´s continuously increasing relevance has already prepared the ground for new forms of diagnosis and therapy - such as the positioning and placement of needles, probes, placement of implants, delivery of drugs in the human body, to name only a few. These complex efforts can only be met successfully by joining the resources of medicine, basic sciences, informatics and technology, which is the goal of the program.

 

B7. MUSKULOSKELETALE SCIENCES

Contact:

Christian Haid, E-mail: christian.haid@i-med.ac.at, Phone: +43 512 9003 70690

Description:

The doctoral Study Program „Musculoskeletal Sciences“, is based on an interdisciplinary co-operation between clinical and pre-clinical departments, dealing with the musculoskeletal system. Focal point within this education is functional anatomy and biomechanics. Constituents in this program are lessons in mechanics, biomechanics, muscle physiology and electrical measurements of mechanical magnitudes.

Goal of this program is, to give insights into mechanical and physiological coherences of the human body.

The scientific work, necessary to obtain a degree, is conducted in collaboration with one of the involved clinical or pre-clinical departments. 

 

B8. GENETICS AND GENOMICS

Contact:

Hans Georg Kraft, E-Mail: hans-georg.kraft@i-med.ac.at, Phone: +43 512 9003 70512

Description:

Genetics plays an ever increasing role in the elucidation of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of human disease, as well as in their prediction, diagnosis and therapy. In addition to the use of genetics to study biomedical questions posed by other fields, genetics encompasses an important set of questions as to how the information content of a set of molecules can be translated into complex organisms, how variation at the molecular level can cause differences among individuals in terms of normal variation and disease processes, and how this variation within and among populations can be used to explain differences in disease prevalence. This explosion in the growth of knowledge as an outcome of genetic research and the successfully completed Human Genome Project will continue in the foreseeable future.

The goal of the program “Genetics and Genomics” of the medical University of Innsbruck is to build on this explosion of knowledge by training students to explore the questions motivated by genetic research in general and particularly as they apply to human disease. Within the curriculum of this program students will be taught how to use the tools of genetics and genomics to answer a variety of important biological questions and hence they will be prepared for a career in research and/or teaching.

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C. DOCUMENTS

Documents and further information can be found and downloaded from the university’s homepage.

Before you start:

  • Degree course scheme
  • Application for the Admission to the medical doctoral program (PhD-Program).
  • Registration of a doctoral thesis in the medical doctoral program (Q090; PhD-Program) at the Innsbruck Medical University.

When you’re done:

  • Submission of a doctoral thesis (PhD-Program)
  • Information sheet on submission guidelines

 

C1. SUBMISSION OF REQUIRED LECTURE CERTIFICATES

Check if all your certificates are registered electronically. If not, hand in all original certificates at the “Abteilung für Lehre und Studienangelegenheiten” * (Department of Admissions and Student’s affairs). The certificates are copied immediately (you can then take home the originals). Some days later you will be informed about the actual state of required courses.

* Schoepfstrasse 45, A – 6020 Innsbruck

 

C2. SUBMISSION OF THE DOCTORAL THESIS

You have to hand in 4 hard copies and 2 submission forms (submission of the thesis and the thesis database) at the “Abteilung für Lehre und Studienangelegenheiten”. You can suggest 2 reviewers (in general one external reviewer and a member of the PhD committee, but not the supervisor).

C3. REGISTRATION FOR THE 2 VIVA-VOCE (EXAMS)

You can make a suggestion (in writing) for the examination board (consisting of a chairman and two examiners from the program), location, date and time of the defense at the “Abteilung für Lehre und Studienangelegenheiten”.

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D. ADMISSION DEADLINES

 

ADMISSION FOR WINTER TERM

Admission time: until 16.11.

 Application deadline for non EU or EWR Students: 05.09.

Teaching and examination period: Start: 01.10., End: 01.02.

 

ADMISSION FOR SUMMER TERM

Regular admission time: until 16.04.

Application deadline for non EU or EWR Students: 05.02.

Teaching and examination period: Start: 01.03., End: Beginning of July

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E. SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS

 

E1. NATIONALS OF EU/EEA COUNTRIES

Nationals of the EU/EEA countries do not need a visa and enjoy the right of domicile (Niederlassungsfreiheit). To enter Austria and for residence you only need a valid travel document (passport or identity card).

Within three working days upon entry into Austria you have to register with the "Registration Office" (in the town hall) in the place of residence.

You also have to register with the municipal authority/magistrate (Magistrat, Bezirkshauptmannschaft) within the first 3 months of your stay and you will receive a confirmation of registration.

The following documents are necessary for the registration:

  • valid identification card or passport
  • proof of a health insurance covering all the necessary costs (e.g. European Health Insurance Card)
  • proof of sufficient financial means
  • students also need a confirmation of admission by the university.

For further details have a look at http://www.oead.ac.at/.

 

E2. NATIONALS OF OTHER COUNTRIES (THIRD COUNTRIES).

Students from third countries pursuing a regular degree at a university or enrolling in university courses (Universitätslehrgänge) need a residence permit for "special cases of gainful employment"   (Aufenthaltsbewilligung "Sonderfälle unselbständiger Erwerbstätiger") to be able to enter and live in Austria for the time of the studies. The application for this permit has to be submitted at the competent Austrian representative (embassy, consulate-general) in the home country before leaving for Austria. The decision has to be awaited in the home country. 

Another possibility is to apply for a residence permit for "researcher" (Aufenthaltsbewilligung "Forscher"). Precondition is contract "Aufnahmevereinbarung" with the university. The residence permit for "researcher" can be obtained after entering Austria with a tourist visum.

The application will be forwarded and processed by the competent authority in Austria. If the Austrian authority decides to grant you the permit, the representative authority will issue a residence and travel visa D+C for entry to Austria (you have to apply for this visa within 3 months of getting the information?).

The residence permit has to be picked up in Austria within 6 months upon receiving the decision letter. People who are allowed to enter Austria without a visa can apply for the residence permit during their visa-free stay in Austria (the application, however, does not permit you to stay longer than your visa-free stay). For application details have a look at http://www.oead.ac.at/.

Within 3 working days upon entry into Austria you have to register with the registration office (Meldeamt) in the place of residence (maybe you can ask for help at your institute). If you wish to work in Austria besides your employment as a scientist, please make sure to inform yourself about the legal regulations before taking up a job! Working in Austria illegally may lead to fines or prison sentence as well as to expulsion from the country. Before expiry of the residence permit you can apply for its renewal in Austria.

In Austria every person (Austrians, EU/EEA nationals, nationals of third countries) has to register in their place of residence (Magistrat der Stadt Innsbruck, Magistratsabteilung II Maria-Theresien-Straße 18, 6020 Innsbruck Tel. +43 (0)512/5360-0*).

To register you need:

  • Travel document
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate and/or proof of academic titles as applicable
  • Registration form (Meldezettel), available from the registration office; this has to be signed both by the landlord/landlady and by the tenant.

Any change of the residential address has to be reported to the registration office within three working days, any other data change has to be reported within one month. The confirmation of registration (Meldebestätigung) should be kept safe because you will need it for certain dealings with the authorities (e.g. for a renewal of your residence or domicile permit). Before leaving Austria you have to cancel your registration.

The registration form (Meldezettel) can be obtained

  • directly at the registration office,
  • "online [Meldezettel]".

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F. REMARKS

This is the first edition of this Info-folder. Should your experience at the beginning or the end of your PHD differ from our information, please let us know.

We will consider useful critics in the next edition. For any further information contact us directly (PhD@i-med.ac.at) or check our homepage (http://www.i-med.ac.at/oeh/phd/).

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G. WEB-SITES:

Doctorate Programs - Innsbruck Medical University
 

Fachschaft Medizin Innsbruck

Östereichischer Austauschdienst - Austrian Exchange Service

Österreichischer Wissenschaftsfonds - Austrian Science Fund

Förderungen - Funds (Innsbruck Medical University)

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H. EDITORIAL

Mag. Simon Schnaiter, Mag. Marco Rupprich, Mag. Mariana Eca Guimaraes de Araujo

FURTHERMORE, EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW YOU CAN FIND HERE

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Contact

PhD Student representatives

Bettina Rass

Valentina Sladky

Sebastian Peer


E-Mail:  PhD@i-med.ac.at

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