Integrated research training group
Successful research within the CRC/TRR requires the doctoral researchers to be trained in a research field that is characterized by complex physics, chemistry and engineering, and a broad variety of experimental and computational methods. Researchers need a thorough understanding of thermal and mechanical process engineering, reactive fluid mechanics, advanced methods of computational fluid dynamics, and modern non-invasive 3D measurement techniques. The MGK will be the central platform of the CRC/TRR for building up the interdisciplinary scientific expertise of the doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. It will also generate independent responsible researchers within an international network and qualify them for their further academic or industrial career.
In addition to providing scientific, generic and soft skills training, the MGK is a key to strengthening the collaboration between the two sites Magdeburg and Bochum. Both the supervisor and co-supervisor of every doctoral researcher are required to be PIs of the CRC/TRR, and PIs are encouraged to form supervision teams across the two sites whenever possible. A supervision agreement between doctoral researchers and supervisors ensures a high level of progress monitoring. The supervision agreement will also fix individual training elements, which may be selected from both universities, where mutual recognition of credit is guaranteed. Many other measures encourage collaboration, among them courses in the MGK Lectures Series conducted by PIs of both sites, and dedicated funds for doctoral researcher exchanges.
Finally, the MGK will increase the visibility of the CRC/TRR, first and foremost through a Doctoral Researchers’ Self-Organized Workshop with funds for international guests. Other measures for this purpose are Short-term Scientific Missions of doctoral researchers to international research groups, working in the scientific fields of the CRC/TRR.