Career program

Structured promotion program

The IUF – Leibniz Institute for Environmental Medicine regards the qualified support and training of junior scientists as central task. A structured support shall give PhD students of the IUF the opportunity to prepare a high quality dissertation in an interdisciplinary, translational acting research institute and thereby to set the foundation for an international scientific career.

Core element of this supporting program is a promotion agreement that is made between the doctoral candidate and the institute. It settles among others the support of the hosting university and the duration of the promotion. It ensures that the personal financing and the infrastructure that are necessary for the promotion are guaranteed and that a promotion’s duration of about three years is not exceeded. The possibility to publish data, to visit congresses, to internationalize, to form cooperations in particular within the Leibniz Research Alliances and to gain so-called soft skills is given in this framework.

The IUF is member of the Interdisciplinary Graduate and Research Academy Düsseldorf (iGRAD) at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. The training, education, consulting and service offers of iGRAD specifically support the qualification of junior scientists.

The successful progress of the promotion project is accompanied by the elected PhD committee. In case of conflicts PhD students can address the ombudspersons Prof. Dr. Ursula Krämer and Prof. Dr. Ulrich Ranft.

PhD committee:

Prof. Dr. C. Esser (Chair)
Dr. N. Ventura
Dr. J. Tigges
Dr. T. Wahle
M. Busch

Postdoc program

A particular concern of the IUF is to provide the structural conditions for young postdoctoral scientists for a high level international scientific career. A postdoc program provides besides scientific training that skills which are necessary for an independent scientific work are imparted. The participation in appropriate internal and external continuing education events is ensured by the IUF. The possibility to reflect the individual career planning is given within a mentoring program.

For the academic training with the goal of the habilitation, the institute organizes and supervises the lectures in the subject environmental medicine at the Heinrich Heine University. Within this framework, the members of the program have the possibility to acquire the experience and the didactic education which is mandatory for the habilitation.

Postdoc committee:

Priv.-Doz. Dr. K. Unfried
Dr. T. Haarmann-Stemmann
Dr. N. Ventura
Dr. T. Schikowski
Dr. E. Pavez Loriè
Dr. T. Wahle

Spokespersons of the PhD students

Mathias Busch and Selina Woeste

The spokespersons are elected as representatives of all PhD students at the IUF. They represent the interests of their group in team meetings with the managers, the working group leaders and functionaries of the institute.

Spokeswomen of the postdocs

Dr. rer. nat. Elizabeth Pavez Loriè and Dr. rer. nat. Tina Wahle