Doctoral School of Biology
Biológia Doktori Iskola
FACULTY OF SCIENCE Doctoral School of Biology
This is a doctoral training programmes in Biology. Organisation responsible for the administration of the doctoral training Office of Doctoral and Habilitation Qualification, and International Relations supervised by Prof. László Túri, chairman of the Faculty Doctoral Council H-1117 Budapest, Pázmány Péter sétány 1/A
Head of School: Prof. László Nyitray
The Doctoral School of Biology was founded in 2001 and it is the largest postgraduate biology program in Hungary, offering research-oriented training in a wide range of areas of modern biology. The training program emphasizes state-of-the-art practical skills: the majority of credits are earned from supervised research work under personal tutoring by internationally renowned leading scientist. The aim of the training is to fully prepare students for a successful career in many areas of life sciences. The expertise gained by the participants could be used both in basic and applied research settings, and our former students can successfully apply for positions that require a highly trained candidates, including the biotechnology sector, the healthcare system, environmental protection agencies, but also other bioscience-related research industries, governmental and civil society organizations.
APPLICATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Office of Doctoral and Habilitation Qualification, and International Relations
Ms. Eva Nagy, administrator
H-1117 Budapest, Pázmány Péter sétány 1/A, room 0.128. Tel: +36-1-372-2602 Fax: +36-1-372-2604
Application fee (EUR 160) – except if the application is made within a Hungarian scholarship programme (Stipendium Hungaricum, Hungarian Government Scholarships)
Application period: between 1st April and 31st May 2020.
THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS MUST BE ATTACHED TO THE APPLICATION FORM
- resumé (including publication list, awards, scholarships, current activities) research plan signed by applicant and supervisor
- copy of the master’s degree (if already obtained); or an official document issued by the applicant’s current home university, certifying that s/he is expected to have satisfied the requirements for a master’s degree by the end of the current academic year
- certificate of clean criminal records proof of payment of the application fee transcript of all higher-education records
If English is not the applicant’s mother tongue, or if the applicant hasn’t pursued her/his university studies in English: language certificate which proves suitable English language skills (at least B2, but preferably C1 level) – only language exams recognised by the Hungarian Accreditation Centre for Foreign Language Examinations are accepted (e.g.: IELTS)
Applicants must have a master’s degree, or must certify that they will qualify for a master’s degree at the end of the current academic year.
IMPORTANT POINTS OF EVALUATION
An entrance committee evaluates the applicants during an interview, considering
- general professional intelligence
- proper grounding and research skills in the chosen branch of science performance during the studies in higher education
- activity in undergraduate research and other scientific activities research plan
- language skills
The applicant’s performance may be measured by points as well.
- EU-Citizens if the research is performed at the Faculty: HUF 600 000 If the research is performed outside of the Faculty: HUF 110 000
- Non EU-Citizens: 2 500-4 500 EUR/semester depending on the research project.
DESCRIPTION OF DOCTORAL SCHOOL OF BIOLOGY
The Doctoral School of Biology founded in 2001 is the largest postgraduate biology program in the country, offering research-oriented training in a wide range of areas of modern biology. The main topics include theoretical and evolutionary biology, ethology, ecology, and conservation biology, molecular neurobiology, physiology, human biology, immunology, experimental plant science, cell biology, microbiology, molecular genetics and cell biology, structural biochemistry, taxonomy. The selection of courses covers both theoretical background and lab or field skills and experience. The training emphasizes practical skills: the majority of credits are earned with supervised research work under personal tutoring by leading researchers. Students are involved in collaborative research taking advantage of the collaboration networks within the institute and with international partner institutions. The aim of the training is to fully prepare students for a successful career in the life sciences: either in basic research or in the industry.
The programs of the school is strongly research-oriented: apart from attending specialized courses, the students start their research work well before the end of the first year. At the end of each year the students report about their research progress. Students are expected to publish at least two papers in peer-reviewed internationally renowned journals of their field.
HEAD OF THE DOCTORAL SCHOOL OF BIOLOGY
Professor László Nyitray
Academic rank: DSc
DEPUTY HEAD FOR INTERNATIONAL AFFAIR
Professor TIbor Vellai
Academic rank: DSc
FACULTY INTERNATIONAL COORDINATOR
Éva NAGY - International coordinator
STRENGTH OF THE DOCTORAL SCHOOL OF BIOLOGY
The Institute of Biology employs more than one hundred full or part time professors and teachers who have many years of teaching experience and are well-recognized scientists in their field of work and further distinguished researchers work in close association with the Institute as senior scientists and grant holders. Members of the Institute of Biology have a wide range of international contacts and collaborate with several outstanding research institutes and universities both in and outside Hungary, and regularly invite foreign visitors to do research and/or to give courses.
Biology is the science of the 21st century. Students finishing our doctoral program in biology will have the necessary skills to apply for jobs around the globe. While many of our former students obtain postdoctoral positions throughout the world, a large portion of them gets tenure or tenure track positions at universities or research institutes. Some of our graduates pursue their research career in the non-academic environment of large international research institutions, tied to high-tech development or to the economic or financial world.
PROGRAMS AND PROGRAM LEADERS OF THE SCHOOL
- Ecology and evolution
Leader: Prof. János Podani, firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: The program offers high-level post-gradual training in the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology, as well as in closely related disciplines such as conservation biology, systematics and theoretical biology. The PhD studies are promoted by cooperation with research institutions dealing with the subject matter of plant ecology, community ecology, origin and early evolution of life, major evolutionary transitions, and the origin of cooperation and language. Previous experience and basic knowledge in these areas, at least at the MSc level, are required. It is extremely useful if the applicant is open-minded towards the supraindividual organization of the living world or, alternatively, is interested in theoretical biology and its methodology (e.g. computer modelling). Formulating and testing statistical hypotheses, strategies of model building and data analysis are integral parts of the program.
Leader: Péter Pongrácz, associate professor email@example.com
Program description: The goal of this program is to give training in a wide range of behavioral sciences focusing on ethology but also including some knowledge in experimental psychology, cognitive sciences and applied animal behavior. This program is recommended to applicants who wish to gain a deeper knowledge in the behavior sciences and prefer to obtain broad experience. Students with genetic or neuroscience background have the opportunity to work in projects on functional neuro-imagining or behavior genetics. At the moment we are focusing on dog-human interaction, dog aging, comparative cognition, neuroethology of communication in dogs and humans and ethorobotics. This program enables students to familiarize themselves with a wide range of research methods used in the behavior sciences, learn about design and application of ethograms, practice the presentations of research findings, and learn about the behavior of dogs, cats, and minipigs and robots.
Leader: Prof. Mihály Józsi, firstname.lastname@example.org
Program description: The goal of this program is to foster discoveries and to provide state-of-the-art training and mentoring to establish academic and industrial research careers in immunology and its related fields. This program is recommended to applicants who are motivated to do scientific research in various fields of basic, applied and clinical immunology, and are familiar with basic knowledge and laboratory skills. During the PhD studies students will carry out research projects using up-to-date methods and will be taught how to plan experiments and critically evaluate and present data obtained. Experimental models range from primary cells, long-term cultured cell lines and various animal models. The program offers comprehensive training and enables students to master methods including cytofluorimetry, confocal microscopy, a wide variety of immunolabeling approaches, ELISA and ELISpot and several molecular biology techniques. Research progress is monitored by semi-annual reporting of the students.
- Experimental Plant Biology
Leader: Prof. Gábor Kovács, email@example.com
Program description: The research topics represented in the Experimental Plant Biology Program are both thematically and methodologically diverse. The program is recommended to applicants who are interested and have a background in the fields of the plant biology, physiology, plant-microbe interaction, mycology or environmental microbiology. In many cases, the PhD research topics are undertaken in cooperation of different national and international bodies. The degree of collaboration and cooperation within the research groups and institutes involved into the Program, as well as the various topics and diverse methodologies, supports professional development and provides an opportunity for students to acquire an enhanced understanding of complex topics through interdisciplinary exposure.
Leader: Prof. Tibor Vellai, firstname.lastname@example.org
Program description: The goal of this program is to give a comprehensive PhD training program for those interested in different aspects of the discipline genetics. Genetics is a central, integrating part of modern biological sciences. Our program covers the following fields: classical and molecular genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, human and medical genetics, DNA polymorphism, epigenetics, developmental genetics and microbial genetics. The program is particularly suitable for candidates who intend to work on in vivo model systems including bacteria, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, zebrafish, and the thale cress (plant) Arabidopsis thaliana. It also provides the opportunity to learn various in vitro and in situ methods, working on different types of mammalian (in particular human) cell cultures. This program is recommended to applicants who have strong interest and motivation in learning various aspects of genetics. Candidates should have an MSc degree and some experience in techniques at the field of molecular biology, cell biology and genetics. The latter is not essential but advantageous. Although both theoretical (bioinformatics, evolutionary genetics) and experimental projects can be established in the frame of the education, the program is mainly oriented in practical ranges.
This program enables students to take the possibility to learn various theoretical aspects of genetics but also the opportunity to participate in research teamwork. The PhD degree obtained in our program will enable the young postdocs to apply jobs with high success at international laboratories worldwide, having high standards. Applied (e.g. genomics projects) and medical genetics are also in the main focus in our education; job possibilities at fields of in vivo modeling of certain human diseases and the genetic (functional) analysis of candidate genes are particularly among the future possibilities.
- Molecular Cell Biology and Neurobiology
Leader: Prof. Peter Low, email@example.com
Program description: The goal of this program is to foster discoveries in Molecular Cell Biology and Neurobiology. Usual experimental models range from long-term cultured human cell lines and various primary cells (including neurons and stem cells) to animal models such as Drosophila, mouse, rat, and even human samples. This program is recommended to applicants who are motivated to address outstanding questions in molecular cell biology and related fields, and plan to pursue a career in research and development. This program enables students to master methods such as confocal and electron microscopy, various immunolabeling approaches, and molecular biology techniques including western blotting, recombinant DNA manipulation, genetic analysis and mutagenesis/transgenesis. Students will also be taught how to design experiments and research directions, critically evaluate data and prepare manuscripts.
- Neuroscience and Human Biology
Leader: Prof. Árpád Dobolyi, firstname.lastname@example.org
Program description: The goal of the program is to give an opportunity to PhD students to work on exciting research projects in well-equipped laboratories using state-of-the-art in vitro and in vivo research techniques. In addition, students can get insight into various fields of neurosciences and human biology by selecting from a diverse set of courses extending from the level of molecular and cellular neuroscience to behavior and anthropology. This program is recommended to applicants who have a strong commitment to do scientific research in neurophysiology, behavioral, and systems neuroscience and human biology, and got the necessary basic knowledge and laboratory skills during their Master’s program. This program enables students to plan and carry out research projects using up-to-date methods of their field, to critically evaluate data obtained, and share new information with the scientific community in English. The students will acquire knowledge necessary for international scientific career in academia as well as in industry.
- Structural Biochemistry
Leader: Prof. Mihály Kovács, email@example.com
Program description: The goal of this program is to provide state-of-the-art training and mentoring to establish academic and industrial research careers in the broadly defined area of molecular biology. The program is recommended to applicants with a background in biology, chemistry, medicine or engineering. The program enables students to gain all skills that are crucial for creative and productive research design and execution. The development of an attitude towards independent thinking and career planning is an important goal of the program. The program offers comprehensive training covering key areas of structural and molecular biology, protein science, enzymology and molecular biophysics, bioinformatics, drug design and statistical analysis. Tutoring of students and research progress is aided and monitored by annual reporting and a committee feedback system
- Zootaxonomy, Animal Ecology and Hydrobiology
Leader: Prof. Jánös Török, firstname.lastname@example.org
Program description: The goal of this program is to offer training in (a) classical as well as molecular taxonomy, (b) ecological processes of various time and spatial scale focusing on behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology, and (c) organization and functioning of aquatic communities of running waters and lakes. This program is recommended to applicants who received degree in M.Sc. (in biology), M.D., D.V. or D.D. in which the curriculum included ecology, evolutionary biology, animal systematics and hydrobiology as major subjects. This program enables students to gain a detailed practical experience in the state-of-art methodology that is used in the research project they join in. At the same time, they can get a firm knowledge, through seminars and regular courses about current theoretical issues, as well as methods relevant to a complex approach to problems encountered during their training.