The HIGRADE team is happy to support you regarding any questions and challenges you may encounter during your doctorate. We offer confidential consultations and we also serve as a general information and contact point for a variety of issues. Don't hesitate to contact us, no matter how big or small your query may be!
We serve as a contact point for further training, career development, funding and general questions during your PhD. If you face difficulties concerning supervision or other general issues during your doctorate, please contact us to make an appointment for a confidential meeting.
We will be happy to help you or assist to find the right contact point inside or outside UFZ! Note that the DEVELOP team and other UFZ services may be able to help you as well (see further below).
Stress & Mental Health
Doing a PhD surely is a challenge. There will be stressful times and maybe unexpected events that put you in a difficult situation. If you feel like the pressure is getting too much on your shoulders, don't hesitate to seek professional advice!
We summarized some useful contacts for our doctoral researchers here (UFZ-internal link).
Articles on mental health in science:
- "Science careers and mental health" Nature Collection, 30 April 2018
- "Evidence for a mental health crisis in graduate education" Nature Biotechnology, Volume 36, pages 282–284 (2018)
- "Work organization and mental health problems in PhD students" Research Policy, Volume 46, Issue 4, pages 868-879 (2017)
Other UFZ Services
The UFZ offers a great number of services for its employees. Services which might be relevant for doctoral researchers are listed below.
Family Support Office internal link
Ombudspersons / Good Scientific Practice internal link