Training Programme |
5a. Training of young researchers: Young researchers will receive both local training in specialist skills in the groups of established leaders of the respective research fields, and training through extended visits to other teams. All will regularly attend international schools and receive training at appropriate workshops and conferences. Pre-doctoral researchers funded by the network will be located in Universities with established graduate training programmes. Young researchers at all levels will participate in courses on advanced topics and attend seminars given by local experts or visiting scientists. Many teams contain several locally-funded PhD students who will benefit greatly from exchanges with other teams.
5b. Exploitation of network potential to create added value to training: All young researchers will attend annual network meetings to sharpen their presentation and communication skills, encounter ideas from other parts of the network, and interact with key experts. Young researchers employed by the network will spend a minimum of one month visiting other teams, to strengthen existing collaborations or initiate new ones.
A summer school on spintronics will be organized within the first two years of funding, to teach core skills in spintronics and help new pre- and postdoctoral researchers to enter the field. Young researchers from within and without the network will be invited to participate.
5c. Training in broader skills: Post-docs funded by the network will be asked to participate in organizing the annual network meetings, to give them an opportunity to gain organizational skills. They will also be asked to participate in the writing of any follow-up proposals, to give them experience in the writing of grant-proposals. Toward the end of their PhDs, students will receive detailed advice in c.v. preparation and interview techniques from the members of their groups.
5d. Gender aspects: H. Bouchiat, the leader of the Orsay team, will be asked to oversee gender-related issues in the network. In particular, she will represent the interests of female scientists in the Network Management Committee, and will be the designated contact person which female young researchers can get in touch with, should they have gender-related problems.
5e. Ratio between individual and common training: Initially PhD training will be local, but for final year students and post-docs, training will be primarily network-based. We envision the ratio between individual training and network-based training to be about 60:40.