184.778 Research and Career Planning for Doctoral Students

2022W, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Online

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to

  •  explain the scientific publishing process from different perspectives.
  •  write (introductions) in an engaging way for a scientifically-minded audience.
  •  explain different stage in and opportunities for a scientific career.
  •  reflect about their career in the long run.

Subject of course


This course covers a selection of the following topics:

  • Methodological issues of Computer Science Research
  • Models of Research Organization
  • The structure of the CS Scientific Community
  • Communicating with peer scientists
  • Codes of conduct and ethics
  • Web resources for Computer Scientists
  • Models of Industrial Co-operations
  • Patents and patent intellectual property
  • The scientific publishing process
  • How to plan research
  • How to write a scientific paper
  • Presentation of results in talks and at conferences
  • Quality criteria and evaluation models in Science
  • How to choose a conference and a journal
  • How you will be evaluated in the future
  • Models of funding - Organization, structure, and management of scientific projects
  • Scientific visits and co-operations
  • Where to apply for a postdoctoral position
  • Career models for Computer Scientists
  • and much more...

Teaching methods

This course consists of 4 parts:

  •  Lectures: which introduce students into the topics;
  •  small homework exercises encouraging students to reflect about their (scientific) career (in the long run);
  •  student presentations;
  •  a conference style peer reviewing process: where student submit a introduction, and participate in a peer-reviewing of these introduction.

Mode of examination


Additional information

ECTS Breakdown

  15 h presence in the seminar units
40 h preparation of 2 presentations
15 h Writing an introduction and participation in the EasyChair discussions
 75 h = 3 Ects




Course dates

Mon10:00 - 13:0005.12.2022Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Research and Career Planning
Mon13:00 - 18:0005.12.2022FAV Hörsaal 3 Zemanek (Seminarraum Zemanek) Research and Carreer Planning
Tue10:00 - 13:0006.12.2022Seminarraum FAV EG B (Seminarraum von Neumann) Research and Career Planning
Tue13:00 - 18:0006.12.2022FAV Hörsaal 3 Zemanek (Seminarraum Zemanek) Research and Career Planning
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

The assessment is based on:

  •  two presentations on topics of the course;
  •  submission of a introduction to a scientific article;
  •  participation in the Peer-Reviewing process for the submitted introductions;
  •  participation in the discussions in class.

Course registration

Registration modalities

Registration details can be found on the course website.


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Previous knowledge

This course is intended for doctoral students.