CARLiS: Careers in Life Science

Developing capacities for increasing employability of PhD students in life science industry

The project aims to contribute to improvement of doctoral education, better collaboration between the academic and business sector and retention of talents in the region of Vienna-Bratislava. This should be achieved through developing tools and institutional capacities for delivery of inter-sectoral career training preparing PhD students for career paths beyond academia with specific focus on life sciences. The focus on the specific sector should enable for a more in-depth approach leading to development of targeted and thus more effective training programme. The life sciences sector was selected with regard to strong position of life sciences in both Bratislava and Vienna region and possible synergies with already existing cross-border collaborations in this field. Project activities include

  1. mapping the non-academic labour market for researchers and identification of skills gap,
  2. designing a comprehensive training programme and developing the pool of trainers to deliver it,
  3. testing the programme and evaluating its outcomes and
  4. creating the cross-border community of practice on career development of PhD students and disseminating project outcomes to wider community.

General approach towards project activities will be based on the principles of co-design and co-creation involving experts and employees from participating institutions as well as external experts at all stages of the project. Such approach should provide the staff of participating institutions with valuable learning experience enabling them to apply the gained knowledge and skills in development of similar programmes across different disciplines or sectors. This, together with integration of the training programme into the PhD programmes and/or career trainings portfolio at participating institutions will lead to sustainability of project activities and long-term impact of the project.

The project lasts from November 2020 to December 2022.


The CARLiS project is supported by the Interreg SK-AT Programme co-funded from the European Regional Development Fund. Learn more about the programme at