career development and training opportunities

1. Scientific and social collaborations  

All projects are embedded in the research group of the prospective supervisor and seven projects are also supported by co-supervisors. PhD candidates will thus work in a quality supervision environment. They are however expected to progressively develop autonomy on their individual project and lead their own personal development.  

Furthermore, all PhD projects and their research focus interlink within the DTU, providing a wealth of resources and support to succeed in the respective fields. 

The Luxembourg research environment and the DTU i2TRON offer a highly interactive scientific environment. 



PhD candidates will be encouraged to actively participate in international scientific conferences by giving oral or poster presentations on their research work. Short research stays abroad are foreseen for certain PhD projects. 

2. Mandatory and optional training opportunities 

i2TRON  training activities:   mandatory  |   optional 

The i2TRON training programme is composed of mandatory and optional training. PhD candidates can choose among the optional training opportunities according to their training needs and career goal.  

Training opportunities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Regular i2TRON scientific seminars  
  • Annual i2TRON retreats 
  • Journal clubs 
  • Interdisciplinary clinical research meetings  
  • the LIH Lectures series (e.g. in Cancer Research, in Infection & immunity)  
  • LCSB lecture series on career opportunities for PhD holders  
  • Career orientation workshops  

3. Further support  

The DTU is managed by a scientific coordinator, Prof Rejko Krüger, and two co-coordinators, Prof Simone Niclou and Prof Markus Ollert.  

A dedicated DTU administrator acts as a direct contact person for the PhD candidates. LIH also has a support unit for doctoral training-related matters.