The YIG Prep Pro allowed me to transition from a typical postdoc position into a leadership role, as a manager of a small group. This was critical to my development as a group leader, and has now qualified me for an Assistant Professor position.

Prof. Kristen Kozielski

The YIG Prep Pro Fellowship has provided networking opportunities, as well as non-scientific training to transition toward a group leadership role. It is a great program through which to gain skills like budget management, hiring, and grant writing that you do not learn elsewhere.

Prof. Sylvia Sullivan


YIG Prep Pro Fellows



KIT Host Institute

Field of Research

Previous Institution


Azra Kocaarslan Ahmetali Institute of Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ITCP) Polymer chemistry Istanbul Technical University funded
Johannes Bracher Institute of Economics (ECON) Applied statistics / biostatistics LMU Munich
University of Zurich
KIT postdoc
  Mehdi Frachet Institute for Quantum Materials and Technologies (IQMT) Quantum materials Laboratoire National des Champs Magnétiques Intenses, France KIT postdoc
Teba Gil-Diáz Institute of Applied Geosciences (AGW) Environmental geochemistry Friedrich Schiller University Jena funded
Gözde Kabay Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG) Biosensors development University of Freiburg, Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) KIT postdoc
Svetlana Korneychuk Institute for Applied Materials - Materials Science and Engineering (IAM-WK) Electron microscopy, materials science TU Delft KIT postdoc
Bjarne Kreitz Insitute of Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ITCP) Heterogenous catalysis, microkinetics Brown University, School of Engineering remote
Sören Lehmkuhl Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT) Hyperpolarization with parahydrogen in NMR and MRI North Carolina State University funded
Waltraud Lederle Institut for Algebra and Geometry (IAG) Group theory IRMP, UCLouvain remote
Milad Niroumand-Jadidi Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (IPF) Aquatic remote sensing Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy remote
Ann-Kathrin Perrevoort Institute of Experimental Particle Physics (ETP) Experimental particle physics, exotic muon decays Nationaal instituut voor subatomaire fysica (Nikhef)
Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Héctor Sánchez-Iranzo Institute of Biological and Chemical Systems - Biological Information Processing (IBCS-BIP) Organism development EMBL Heidelberg funded

YIG Prep Pro Alumni

Name KIT Host Institute Field of Research Fellowship Option Current Institution
Evelina Ametova Laboratory for Applications of Synchrotron Radiation (LAS) Computed Tomography funded KIT
Sebastian Baum Institute for Astroparticle Physics (IAP) Theoretical particle physics remote Stanford University
Susanne A. Benz Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (IPF) Big geodata / remote sensing remote KIT
Ana Botti Institute for Astroparticle Physics (IAP) Skipper-CCDs for dark matter and neutrino detection remote Fermilab
Frederik Haase Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG) Materials chemistry funded Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Schirin Hanf Institute of Inorganic Chemistry (AOC) Synthetic inorganic chemistry and catalysis funded KIT
Satu Huuhka Institute for Building Design and Technology (IEB) Circular economy-based construction remote Tampere University, Finland
Nanya Li Institute of Pulsed Power and Microwave Technology (IHM) Microwave assisted 3D printing, Digital twins, Multi-physics modelling, Continuous fiber reinforced composites funded pending
Dennis Soldin Institute for Astroparticle Physics (IAP) Astroparticle physics remote KIT
Sylvia Sullivan Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research - Department Troposphere Research (IMK-TRO) Cloud physics and atmospheric modelling KIT postdoc University of Arizona, US
Barbara Verfürth Institute for Applied and Numerical Mathematics (IANM) Numerical methods for partial differential equations KIT postdoc University of Bonn
Philip Willke Physical Institute (PHI) Experimental condensed matter physics funded KIT
Name KIT Host Institute Field of Research Fellowship Option Current Institution
Paula Bögel Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) Sustainability transition management funded University of Vechta
Giovanni de Carne Institute for Technical Physics (ITEP) Energy systems funded KIT
Richard Fuchs Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research - Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU) Global land use change and food security KIT postdoc KIT
Gudrun Gygli Institute for Biological Interfaces (IBG-1) "Building Digital Twins of Enzyme Reactions - towards faster process optimization in industrial biocatalysis" funded none (industry)
Ehsan Hashemi Institute of Control Systems (IRS) Robotics, human-robot Interaction, distributed Estimation, metworked Control Systems remote University of Alberta
University of Waterloo
Dirk Hauschild Institute for Photon Science and Synchrotron Radiation (IPS) "Surface and interface characterization of material systems for energy conversion using lab- and synchrotron-based x-ray and electron spectroscopies" KIT postdoc University of Nevada, Las Vegas & KIT
Kristen Kozielski Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG) Materials for neuroengineering funded TU Munich
Dafni Moatsou Institute of Organic Chemistry (IOC) Polymer chemistry KIT postdoc KIT
Jochen Müller Institute of Applied Physics (APH) Mechanical engineering remote Johns Hopkins University, US
Florian Strauss Institute of Nanotechnology (INT) Chemistry KIT postdoc KIT
Ran Sui Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ITCP) Combustion research remote Missouri University of Science and Technology, US
Sanjairaj Vijayavenkataraman Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG) "Additive manufacturing and bioprinting for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications" remote New York University Abu Dhabi