Doctoral Degree in Physics (TFIS): 2016-17


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Candidate profile and admission requirements

The recommended background is a scientific degree or an engineering degree followed by a Master course. Foreign students will be requested to demonstrate equivalent titles. As a general rule, the Master courses that will be considered to fit in the admission profile are those related to any of the research lines of this Ph.D. Program (see Research Lines ) and whose skills include a proper knowledge of Physics, Mathematics and programming languages, as well as English language proficiency at the level of reading and comprehension of scientific texts.

For those students that are considered not to have an adequate profile, the academic committee will establish the additional training requested for a proper development of the Ph.D. Program. That additional training will consist of subjects of the Master courses offered at UIB (Master Degree in Physics, Master Degree in Advanced Physics and Applied Mathematics, and Master Degree in Physics of Complex Systems), up to a maximum of 30 credits.

Specialist and Cross-cutting Training Activities

Considering the students' learning objectives and their status as full time or part time, the Academic Committee of the Ph.D. Program in Physics will recommend the student to take some of the cross-training (T) activities offered by the Doctorate School of UIB. These activities are all optional (O) (non compulsory) for the Ph.D. students in Physics. For the 2013-2014 period these activities are:

Cross-Training activities planned for the first semester:

  • (T1, O) Communication skills in English: Written and Oral expression (Module I).
  • (T2, O) Bibliographic search techniques

Cross-Training activities planned for the second semester:

  • (T3, O) Communication skills in English: Written and Oral expression (Module II).
  • (T4, O) Ethics and integrity in scientific research.
  • (T5, O) Models of technology transfer

The student must also take the following specialized (E) training activities, which are in principle compulsory. A student can be exempted from carrying out an activity only when it involves mobility (M) and the student duly accredits the impossibility to cope with it. The specialized activities are:

  • (E1)    To attend research seminars (30 h along the three academic years).
  • (E2)    To give research seminars (one each academic year).
  • (E3)    Tutorials (90 h, distributed more or less evenly over the three academic years).
  • (E4, M)    Preparation and presentation of a scientific communication (2nd or 3rd academic year).
  • (E5)    Preparation and writing of a scientific paper to be published in a journal indexed in the JCR (2nd or 3rd academic year).
  • (E6, M)    Research stay in another research center (2nd or 3rd academic year).

Cross-Training activities:

T1,O - Communication skills in English: Written and Oral expression (Mód. I)
Objective To achieve advanced knowledge of English language (written and oral communication).
Hours 30
Requirements B2 English level.
Character Intensive and cross-training. Optional Character.
Temporality 1st semester of each academic year
Year 1st year
Control Procedure Activities in which students can put in practice their English writing in order to acquire C1 level skills.
Mobility Not applicable.
T2,O – Bibliographic search techniques
Objective To get the skills requested to perform and manage bibliographic searches on a research topic in different public and private bibliographic databases.
Hours 30
Requirements None
Character Intensive and cross-training. Optional Character.
Temporality 1st semester of each academic year
Year 1st year
Control Procedure Activities in which students can practice their skills in bibliographic searches.
Mobility Not applicable
T3,O - Communication skills in English: Written and Oral expression (Mód. II)
Objective To achieve advanced knowledge of English language (written and oral).
Hours 30
Requirements B2 English level
Character Intensive and cross-training. Optional Character.
Temporality 2nd semester of each academic year
Year 1st year
Control Procedure Activities in which students can get fluent speaking skills (C1 level).
Mobility Not applicable
T4,O – Ethics and integrity of scientific research
Objective To understand the aims and purposes of scientific research in any research field.
Hours 30
Requirements None
Character Intensive and cross-training. Optional Character.
Temporality 2nd semester of each academic year
Year 1st year
Control Procedure
Mobility Not applicable
T5,O – Technology Transfer Models
Objective To learn ways of implementing the transfer of knowledge and innovation, basic laws on I+D+i and on Protection of intellectual property.
Hours 30
Requirements None
Character Intensive and cross-training. Optional Character.
Temporality 2nd semester of each academic year
Year 1st year
Control Procedure
Mobility Not applicable

Specialized activities:

E1 – Attendance to research seminars
Objective Attendance to seminars given by researchers linked to the Ph.D. Program as well as by renowned guest scientists (preferably from foreign research centers).
Hours 30
Requirements None
Character Specific. Compulsory.
Temporality No default.
Year Distributed over 3 years.
Control Procedure For each of the attended seminars the student must produce an attendance certificate duly signed by the organizer stating the title, date and duration of the seminar. These documents will be included in the Student Activity Document.
Mobility Not applicable
E2 – Seminars to be given by the Ph.D. student
Objective To practice the preparation, presentation and public defense of the research carried out during each academic year in front of the other students and faculty members of the Ph.D. program. The activity will take place under the supervision and guidance of the thesis supervisor.
Hours 18
Requirements None
Character Specific. Compulsory.
Temporality 2nd semester of each academic year
Year One seminar every year.
Control Procedure The thesis supervisor must certify and evaluate the seminars given by the student. All relevant details (date, title, etc.) must be quoted on the Student Activity Book.
Mobility Not applicable
E3 – Tutorials
Objective To hold tutorial sessions attended by the student and his/her thesis director. The aim is to go deeper into the scientific knowledge related to the research topic, the management of software technologies and environments requested to conduct the research, design and analyze experiments, and discuss and disseminate the research results.
Hours 90
Requirements None
Character Specific. Compulsory.
Temporality No fixed timing.
Year Distributed over 3 academic years.
Control Procedure Compliance with the tutorial plan shall be credited annually through a joint statement issued by the thesis supervisor and the student.
Mobility Not applicable
E4 – Preparation of a scientific communication
Objective To acquire skills and experience in science communication. The activity will first involve the preparation and submission of an abstract related to the research field of the thesis. It also includes the public presentation in a conference, meeting or workshop at a national or international level.
Hours 10
Requirements None
Character Specific. Compulsory *.
Temporality No fixed timing.
Year 2nd or 3rd academic year.
Control Procedure Regarding the preparation of the communication: certification of the thesis supervisor and copy of the accompanying text (abstract/paper). Regarding the presentation: certificate of attendance, program of the event or records showing the presentation. They will all be included in the Student Activity Book.
Mobility * A student can be exempted from the presentation (not from the preparation) of the communication if he/she duly accredits the lack of local scientific meetings and the impossibility to get the funding needed to attend meetings held in other cities.
E5 – Preparation and writing of a paper for a JCR indexed journal
Objective To acquire additional training in the dissemination of results from the publication of at least one scientific paper related to the topic of thesis. The paper must be published in a JCR indexed journal.
Hours 30
Requirements None
Character Specific. Compulsory.
Temporality No fixed timing.
Year 2nd or 3rd academic year.
Control Procedure Publication reference or letter of acceptance from the publisher will be produced to comply with the activity.
Mobility Not applicable
E6 – Research stay at another research center
Objective To carry out a stay at a research facility outside the Balearic Islands. The aim is manifold: the main one is to go deeper into one or more aspects of the research topic of the thesis in collaboration with the hosting group; other aims are to enrich the student's overall training in terms of ethnic and cultural diversity through its interaction with researchers and Ph.D. students from other countries.
Hours 160
Requirements None
Character Specific. Optional.
Temporality No fixed timing.
Year 2nd or 3rd academic year.
Control Procedure The student will write a short report summarizing the activities and achievements. The report will be approved by the supervisor and included in the Student Activity Document.
Mobility The funds of the research groups that support the program, funds from the UIB Research Support Program and scholarships associated with different PhD grants (FPU, FPI, JAE-CSIC, CAIB, ...) will be used to fund the travel and accommodation of Ph.D. students. They can also apply for travel grants from the Ministry's programs (for the mobility of students of Ph.D. Programs awarded with the Mention to Excellence).

 

Tutorial Plan

As set out in Article "11. PhD supervision and monitoring" of Royal Decree 99/2011, of January 28, the Regulation on the organization of university doctorates of the University of the Balearic Islands specifies that at the time of registration, each student will be provided with a Ph.D. Student Activity Document. In accordance with the Executive Agreement 9864/2011, of July 5, on the recording of the activities of Ph.D. students ( FOU no. 351 of July 22 ), the student formally commits through a signed statement issued for this purpose, to maintain an updated record of all training activities and research carried out in the framework of the Ph.D. program. The record should include: publications in journals, attendance of meetings or scientific conferences, presentation of papers at meetings or scientific conferences, attending of courses, seminars and other training activities, research stays at other institutions, scholarships or grants received and any other information that may be relevant to their doctoral training. The material support of the record will be the software for CV management of the University of the Balearic Islands (GREC: https://webgrec.uib.es/ ) or any other that the UIB Board of Directors can determine as a replacement of that one.

It is also stated that before the end of the first year, the PhD student will develop a research plan that shall include the methodology to be used, the objectives to be achieved, and the means and timing of the implementation plan. This plan can be improved and enriched with details throughout the academic years and must be endorsed by both the tutor and the thesis supervisor. The academic committee shall evaluate the plan annually altogether with the student Activity Document and the reports issues by the supervisor thesis director. A positive evaluation is a prerequisite for continuing in the Program. In case of negative assessment, which must be properly justified, the Ph.D. student will be evaluated again within six months, for which purpose he/she will present a new research plan. In the case of a second negative assessment, the student will be set off the Program.

The procedure to be used by the Academic Committee of the Ph.D. Program in Physics to allocate a Tutor and a Thesis Supervisor to the students is as follows:

  1. Each academic year the Committee shall designate a Tutor for each research line of the Program. The Tutors will be chosen among the permanent staff of the Departments and Institutes supporting the Program (UIB Dep. of Physics, IFISC and IMEDEA) that have supervised at least one Ph.D. thesis in the last five years.
  2. Once the student is admitted to the Ph.D. Program, the Academic Committee will assign the Tutor corresponding to the research line chosen in the registration form.
  3. The Tutor, after hearing the student, will be responsible for proposing a Thesis Supervisor to the Academic Committee from all the doctors participating in the Ph.D. program, taking into account the research topic chosen by he student and its status as a full-time or part-time student.
  4. The Academic Committee will assign a Thesis Supervisor to the student no later than 2 months after his/her admission to the Program.

The changes that may occur regarding the figures of the Tutor and the Thesis Supervisor will be solved by the Academic Committee.

The Ph.D. Program in Physics contemplates the co-direction of doctoral theses basing on the following assumptions:

  1. To promote multidisciplinary research. The existence of different research fields in the same university campus, where a large number of groups carry out their research, encourages interdisciplinary projects that promote the generation of new knowledge.
  2. To promote the internationalization by appointing co-directors from other countries. This was already contemplated in the former Program run under the RD 778/1998 and continued in the Programs run under the RD 1393/2007.
  3. To encourage the recruitment of young directors, which may accept to co-supervise a Ph.D. thesis together with more experienced staff.

The direction and supervision of training activities and the doctoral thesis conform the
" Procedures for doctorates of UIB (RD99/2011) "

Academic Committee Members

Coordinator  Damià Gomis Bosch
Secretary  Alícia Sintes Olives
Member  Jaume Pons Morro
Member  Raúl Toral Garcés
Member  Pere Colet Rafecas

General Objectives

The aim of the Ph.D. program in Physics is not limited to give continuity to the Degree and Master courses in Physics offered at UIB. Since its inception, this Program has had a proper outreach and has attracted many students from other universities in Spain and abroad. A main reason is that the Program offers an academic and professional training at the highest scientific level and puts the focus on the capacity to face and solve problems and make original contributions to knowledge in various fields of physics. The Program offers a multidisciplinary perspective of Physics and more specific knowledge on the research lines detailed in that section , in which the institutions supporting the program (the Department of Physics of UIB, IFISC and IMEDEA) have accredited international prestige.

The quality of the Ph.D. Program in Physics preceding the present one was recognized as early as in 2004, being awarded with the Quality Mention of ANECA. The Quality Mention was maintained in each of the follow-ups and renovations until it was replaced by the Excellence Mention (obtained in 2011). The challenge of the new Program is to follow the same path of excellence and internationalization, as a way to keep attracting students from other universities.

Research Areas

  1. Relativity and Astrophysics.
  2. Meteorology, Physical Oceanography and Climate Physics.
  3. Materials Physics. Applications to engineering.
  4. Quantum Physics and Statistical Physics.
  5. Interdisciplinary Physics and Nonlinear Physics.
  6. Physics of Complex Systems.

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