Doctoral Training

The training of doctoral candidates in a quality research and management environment is a key objective of our institution.


Between 30 and 35 PhD candidates, enrolled either at the University of Luxembourg or foreign universities, are carrying out research projects at LIH. Their work relates to the fields of application-targeted cellular, molecular or systems biology, biochemistry, epidemiology, statistics or bioinformatics.

The doctoral training unit, created in 2015, is in charge of overseeing and organising all doctoral training-related activities. These responsibilities currently include the definition and implementation of a doctoral education framework in line with European best practices and specific guidelines of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). A description of our institutional quality framework for doctoral training is downloadable on the bottom of this page.


  • Guarantee the best work and supervision conditions for PhD candidates
  • Offer training courses tailored to the needs of the young researchers
  • Promote career orientation and development
  • Encourage social and scientific interactions between PhD candidates
  • Serve as a contact point for questions related to doctoral training

Head of unit

Dr Malou Fraiture is PhD training coordinator and also works as scientific writer in the communication unit.

She holds a PhD in biology from the University of Strasbourg (France) and has been working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tübingen (Germany). Due to her implication in a PhD association during her doctoral studies, she is aware of the importance of quality doctoral education and supervision and the hurdles that may arise during and after the PhD trajectory.

Doctoral training process

Related documents:

1) LIH quality framework for doctoral training - complete version
1’) LIH quality framework for doctoral training - short version
2) LIH quality framework for doctoral training - implementation plan (updated)
3) Guidelines for PhD project evaluation (in development)
4) European charter for researchers and code of conduct for the recruitment of researchers
5) General recruitment procedure
5’) Handbook for recruitment (in development)
6) Criteria for PhD supervisors
7) Responsibilities of PhD candidate, PhD (co-)supervisor and PhD training coordinator (in development)
8) Thesis supervisory committee procedure (in development)
9) Conflict mediation guidelines (in development)
10) Supervision agreement template (in development)
11) Ethics charter concerning animal experimentation
12) Procedure on management and investigation of suspected scientific misconduct (in revision)
13) Plagiarism guidelines
14) Procedure on laboratory book documentation (in development)
15) Minimal complementary training requirements for PhD candidates (in development)
16) Training & Workshops programme 2016
17) Authorship policy for scientific publications (in development)
18) Knowledge transfer policy
19) Intellectual property protection policy for scientific publications and abstracts
20) Internal regulations - ROI (in development)


Malou Fraiture


1A-B, rue Thomas Edison
1445 Strassen
Tel. : +352 26970-895