195.098 Research and Career Planning for Doctoral Students
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

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

Course evaluation


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

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

This is a fundamental course of the TU Wien Informatics Doctoral School. This course is related to methodologies.

Course dates and more information available here

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



Examination modalities

The assessment is based on:

  •  two presentation 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

Not necessary



No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

This course is intended for doctoral students.