GIGA Doctoral School
To be successful, tomorrow’s scientists must have not only a solid background in their chosen fields but also a broad understanding of many disciplines, as well as the ability to collaborate with their peers in other research fields and cultures. In this context, in 2018 we launched a new interdisciplinary, international and inter-sectorial GIGA Doctoral School for Basic and Applied Biology.
Centrally selected early-stage researchers (ESRs) are enrolled in this training program annually. The program includes both educational training and a research project. The educational training is performed in several modules with the first module being obligatory for all ESRs and additional modules spread throughout the remaining 4 years PhD period. The initial module provides 12 weeks of intensive training and is built as a connected educational ensemble that contains both discipline-related and transferable skills courses. This module precedes the research project helping the ESRs to obtain the essential theoretical and applied skills needed from the start of the PhD trajectory. Additionally, ESRs becomes familiar with research at GIGA , thus allowing for a more informed and thoughtful decision regarding his/her host laboratory and PhD project.
The specific topic for the PhD project is formulated using a bottom-up approach in which ESR defines the research project together with the host laboratory. Research topics are widely diverse and cover the majority of modern research lines in basic and applied biology. This is ensured by the diverse nature of research performed at GIGA. Additionally, GIGA has state of the art technologies in the form of the technological platforms that offer the most advanced services to support the researchers. GIGA serves as an incubator for biotechnology training and start-ups, contributing to the economic development of Liege and the Walloon region. Having the tight connection with biotech companies and pharmaceutical industry it has all necessary ingredients to train a future generation of the independent researchers.
GIGA Doctoral School being an integral part of the GIGA institute provides stimulating and challenging environment for the PhD candidates. The goal of the GIGA Doctoral School is to train independent researchers and further develop their talents. We believe that our school gives promising young researchers an essential head start, helping them pursue a successful career in academia, industry, or government.