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Professor Ferenc Mueller

Professor Ferenc Mueller

Professor Ferenc Mueller
University of Birmingham
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

Michael Levine, Kevin Struhl, - transcription biologists who focus on the big picture in the cacophony of experiments, observations and floods of data

In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Laid-back, goal-driven, spontaneous.

In one or two sentences please describe your strategies regarding the following.
Provision of training:

Your training will be supervised predominantly by my experienced post docs/PhD students. I will help and guide you in asking the right questions, in prioritising, in problem solving and in motivating you in your pursuit of discoveries.

Progression monitoring and management:

We will set the expectations of your progression together on a weekly/monthly basis. If these progression criteria are not met we will always discuss a plan of action together.

Communication:

We meet once a week one to one, you can knock on my door anytime and you are welcome to discuss any issues impacting you I may email you out of hours but i don’t expect you to do the same. We also use whatsapp and skype and slack channels.

How often do your PhD students see you in a timetabled group meeting?

At least once per week

In year 1 of PhD study, how often do your PhD students have a scheduled >30 minute 1:1 meeting with you?

At least once per week

In year 2 of PhD study, how often do your PhD students have a scheduled >30 minute 1:1 meeting with you?

At least once per week

In year 3 of PhD study, how often do your PhD students have a scheduled >30 minute 1:1 meeting with you?

At least once per week

What form do your 1:1 meetings with PhD students take?

A mixture of face to face or via video chat or telephone.

Open door policy?

Yes, I am usually contactable for an instant response (if required) on every working day.

My expectation of PhD student working patterns?

Certain tasks in my lab need to occur at set times, and students need to be able to commit to a rota/timetable shared with other members of the team.

Notice for feedback (e.g. on reports, manuscript drafts, thesis chapters)?

I need at least 2 week’s notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.