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Roman Sakson, Center for Molecular Biology, Heidelberg University

BioQuant, Seminar Room 041, Im Neuenheimer Feld 267

Master of Sciences Molecular Biosciences

Roman Sakson studied Molecular Biotechnology in Heidelberg and is currently pursuing his PhD at the ZMBH. His research interests focus on investigation of protein amounts in complex matrices such as cellular lysates by quantitative mass spectrometry. For instance, this methodology can be helpful whenever good antibodies for the proteins of interest are unavailable. In 2017, he received the GBM-Masterprize for his master thesis issued by the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Roman is also involved in the master program Molecular Biotechnology as a teacher, participating in a seminar on chromatography and mass spectrometry. PhD students in Germany deal with issues that go beyond their respective research questions. Individual situations concerning salary, insurance or contract terms may vary significantly and German regulations that would apply in a certain case are not always evident. That can become especially difficult when students lack a good command of the German language and are confronted with terms such as “Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz” or “Tarifvertrag der Länder”. I will go through main points that concern common types of employment that exist in Life Sciences as well as some important aspects regarding optional and compulsory insurances. Beyond that, you will be able to ask questions that might seem trivial but, in my experience, are often not (“How much does a PhD student earn per month?”; “For how long can a contract term be extended according to law?” etc.). I will also share some personal opinions considering things that I have learned during my time as a master student that helped me to decide on the kind of PhD I wanted to pursue.

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