Doctoral Studies

Bio-omics - Field

Brief description of field

Bio-omic sciences (i.e. the bio-omics) is one of the major tools of system biology. They include the knowledge of methods used for the separation, analysis and speciation of components of biological systems in terms of their functioning. Moreover, they include the methods of processing and evaluation of measured data through bioinformatics.

This field of study enables students to develop their research skills and socio-managerial competence by arranging their studies and selecting lectures according to their specialization. Compared to the traditional study of biology, this type of study is mainly focused methodically and bioanalytically on the fields of bioanalytical instrumentation, cytogenomics, functional genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, development and production biology (i.e. the omic approaches).

The aim of the study is to prepare highly qualified scientists. The introductory part of the study is focused on deepening theoretical and practical knowledge. Concurrently, students work on an independent literary review of their doctoral dissertation topic. They should actively make use of the currently available information resources (MU funds, Moravian Library, interlibrary services, etc.). The actual core of students’ activities is based on their own scientific work. Students are supervised to ensure that they are able to independently implement all phases of the research project. They are also encouraged to process the acquired data in methodologically relevant way, as well as to interpret and present them in various forms (presentations at a conference or scientific forum, poster and scientific article preparation). Emphasis is placed on improving communication, planning and managerial skills.

Profile of a typical graduate

The main aim of doctoral studies is to prepare graduates for their independent scientific, research and analytic-organizational tasks within a team, as well as to improve their ability to apply factually any general resolution procedures, educate themselves and adapt to new conditions. The bio-omics graduates will come into general awareness of the aspects of functional and developmental biology and get deeper theoretical knowledge of its current development. They will gain experience in an independent planning of research activities in competitive environment, with methodologically relevant evaluation of acquired data and drawing evidence-based conclusions from their own findings. They will learn to cope with new laboratory methods and to present the results of their work. They will improve their skills of professional communication both in written and spoken forms. The study is directed towards achieving maximum possible adaptability for solving various conceptual issues and problems of theoretical and applied nature.

Requirements for applicants

For doctoral studies of Structural Biology: graduates of the Master’s Studies with knowledge in fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, physical chemistry, pharmacy and other related are acceptable. It is assumed that the selected topic corresponds to the expertise of a particular candidate. The candidates are not required to have previous work experience. However, they should be able to demonstrate, using the thesis or their own publications, their capability for a creative work in the study field. The motivation and passion for science along with the assessment of the candidate’s scientific patterns and awareness of the basic rules of scientific ethics will also be verified within the admission procedure. An essential requirement for the admission is a very good knowledge of English language in written form (translation of texts from Czech to English and vice versa, preparation of scientific reviews and critical analysis of professional scientific English texts), and particularly in spoken language i.e. the ability to discuss scientific topics with potential trainers.

The requirements are described in detail here.

The applications for the academic year 2018/2019 can be submitted from 1 January 2018 until 15 March 2018. Next call will be open in January 2019.

The admission procedure is carried out in two rounds. Round 1 of the admission process is based on the application and background information. After that, the shortlisted candidates are invited for the round 2 - a face-to-face interview with members of the admission committee.

Assessment criteria

  • knowledge in the field of Life Sciences (40 points)
  • communication in English (30 points)
  • supplied materials and general impression (30 points)

The exam is passed by the candidate who gets at least 85 points out of 100.

Maximum number of accepted students is 30.

Application

Electronic application on https://is.muni.cz/prihlaska.

Mandatory parts:

  • Curriculum Vitae (specified form)
  • Letter of interest (specified form)
  • Supervisor Statement (specified form)
  • Copies of diplomas (BSc., MSc.) and diploma supplements / transcripts of records (in English or Czech language)
  • References (specified form)
  • Foreign language (English) certificate – optional, not compulsory
  • Two Recommendation Letters (specified form to be forwarded to two referees (one of them has to be the MS thesis supervisor/advisor). These two recommendation forms are mandatory and must be sent by the referees at
  • Paid admission fee in the amount of 400 CZK

Study requirements and completion of studies

To complete the studies successfully, the students are obliged to meet a prearranged individual study plan and demonstrate sufficiently the progress on a research project in regular annual evaluations. The study is completed after a successful completion of a final state examination and doctoral thesis defence. The students are required to publish the results of their dissertation in a foreign impacted journal, and prove to be the main author of at least one of the three expected scientific publications. Only those publications whose Impact Factor is above the median of journals in the field are considered to be relevant.

Individual study plan

Annual individual study plans are formulated by students in cooperation with their supervisors. While creating and implementing a study plan, the following rules must be observed:

a / Students are obliged to complete the lecture C7777 Handling chemicals substances (holds no credit value) each year.
b / Students are obliged to complete each term the Field seminar S5005 (credit value 4, completed with a credit) and four times (each term in 1st and 2nd year of study) also Friday CEITEC PhD Seminar S5010 (credit value 2, completed with a credit).
c / Students re-enroll four times the subject Teaching assistance S5009 (credit value 1-10, completed with a credit), where they assist an authorized teacher providing seminar and laboratory teaching in Bachelor and Master’s degree programmes.
d / Students are obliged to enroll for and complete the subject S5006 Lecture for the scientific community (credit value 2-10, completed by colloquium), that demonstrates their ability to present the results of their research project at an international scientific forum.
e / Students enroll the subject S5007 PhD Thesis (credit value 5-30, completed with a credit, credit value 5-30, enroll repeatedly up to 160 credits) and the subject S5008 Scientific publication (credit value 2-10, completed with a credit, can be enrolled only once).
f / During the first three years of study, students are obliged to complete at least 3 courses designed to enhance their scientific and managerial competencies, so-called soft skills courses, such as S4001 International performance, S4002 Law, ethics and philosophy of science, S4003 Career management for scientists, S4004 Financing of research - training in grant applications, D01 Publish or perish: The art of research and scienfitic writing – lecture, S5040 Publish or perish: The art of research and scienfitic writing – practical course, C2110 UNIX and programming.
g / Students must finish at least 4 core subjects related to the research project during the first 2 years of study.

List of members of doctoral committee

List of supervisors

Commission for state doctoral exams and defenses

List of current doctoral topics


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