PhD Programme

PhD Programme Molecular Life Sciences

Bijvoet Impression 1791Our PhD programme Molecular Life Sciences, which is part of the Graduate School of Life Sciences at Utrecht University aims to provide PhD candidates with a solid and broad knowledge of structural biochemistry. The programme provides research and training opportunities for PhD candidates interested in all areas of structural biology available in the Bijvoet Center: X-ray diffraction, mass spectrometry, proteomics, solid-state and liquid-state NMR, protein folding, membrane enzymology and lipidomics. The Bijvoet Center combines expertise in these fields with advanced infrastructures and allows for training in a very multidisciplinary way.

The programme organizes an introductory course on biomolecular mass spectrometry and advanced courses on the structural analysis of proteins using NMR and X-ray crystallography. On a regular basis, scientists from all over the world are invited to present their research in the Bijvoet Seminar series, organized to expose the PhD candidates in the programme to research performed in the wider scientific community.

All PhD candidates in the MLS programme are also expected to attend the “PhD evenings” which are organized by the “PhD platform” of the Bijvoet School, which represents all MLS PhD candidates. At these occasions PhD candidates or post-docs from the Bijvoet School present their work to each other and often these lectures are followed by an informal diner in a nearby restaurant to increase social cohesion between the PhD candidates of the different research groups.

Finally, one of the highlights in the programme is the yearly Bijvoet Tutorial Symposium. This symposium presents Bijvoet PhD candidates with an opportunity to present their research and always features renowned international speakers in the field of structural biology.

To safeguard the quality of the training and supervision of PhD candidates, the Graduate School of Life Sciences requires all PhD candidates to complete a ‘Training and Supervision Agreement‘ when they start. See more information here.

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