Karlsruhe Institute of Technology


KIT does a lot for the targeted and structured promotion of junior research group leaders. Faced with numerous and diverse funding instruments for the establishment of junior research groups, KIT has defined uniform criteria that assure a group's quality and lead to the recognition of the group as "KIT-Nachwuchsgruppe" (KIT Junior Research Group).

As a young group leader at KIT, apply for recognition as "KIT-Nachwuchsgruppe" to make your group more visible inside and outside KIT. The recognition certificate paves the path to further possibilities and perspectives at KIT.

Thus, the certificate is required if you wish to participate in the doctoral procedures of members of your junior research group. For this purpose, heads of a "KIT-Nachwuchsgruppe" can apply for the status KIT Associate Fellow. In addition, they may apply for membership in the Young Investigator Network (YIN).

Current KIT-Nachwuchsgruppen:

Helmholtz Young Investigator Groups


Group title Group Head Institute
Fixed-Point Methods for Numerics at Exascale (FiNE) Dr. Hartwig Anzt Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC)
Strain Tuning of Correlated Electronic Phases Dr. Anna Böhmer Institute for Solid-State Physics (IFP)
Energy System Modelling Dr. Tom Brown Institute for Automation and Applied Informatics (IAI)
Sub-seasonal atmospheric predictability: understanding the role of diabatic outflow Dr. Christian Grams Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research - Department Troposphere Research (IMK-TRO)
Hyperpolarized Magnetic Resonance Dr. Benno Meier Institute for Biological Interfaces 4 - Magnetic Resonance (IBG-4)

Advanced Optics and Materials for Next Generation Photovoltaics

 Dr. Ulrich Paetzold Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT)
Multiscale Biomolecular Simulation Dr. Alexander Schug Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC)
Hierarchically Structured Biomaterials Dr. Manuel Tsotsalas Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG)
Investigation of Overpotentials in High Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells Dr. Roswitha Zeis Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU)



Emmy Noether Junior Research Groups


Group Title Group Head Institute
 Analyte Detection with High Affinity Chemosensors Dr. Frank Biedermann Institute of Nanotechnology (INT)

BNT-BT als zukünftige bleifreie Funktionswerkstoffe für PTCR-, Aktor- und Sensoranwendungen

Dr.-Ing. Manuel Hinterstein Institute for Applied Materials - Ceramic Materials and Technologies (IAM-KWT)
 Die Auswirkungen von Extremereignissen auf den Kohlenstoff- und Wasserkreislauf  Dr. Nadine Rühr Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research - Atmospheric Environment Research (IMK-IFU)
 Pulsed Metallurgy on Metallic Thin Films  Dr. Karsten Woll Institute for Applied Materials - Mechanics of Materials and Biomechanics (IAM-WBM)



BMBF Junior Research Groups


Group Title Group Head Institute

BIOLicht - Gedruckte bio-organische lichtemittierende Bauteile: Nachhaltige Optoelektronik

Dr. Gerardo Hernandez-Sosa Light Technology Institute - InnovationLab
Designed Interfaces for Electrochemical Energy Storage Dr. Julia Maibach Institute for Applied Materials - Energy Storage Systems (IAM-ESS)
CONSTRAin: Cloud-radiative interactions with the North Atlantic storm track Dr. Aiko Voigt Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research - Department Troposphere Research (IMK-TRO)



European Research Council (ERC)


Group Title Group Head Institute

ERC Consolidator Grant
Deformation Mechanisms are the Key to Understanding and Tayloring Tribological Behaviour (TriboKey)

Dr. rer. nat. Christian Greiner Institute for Applied Materials - Computational Materials Science (IAM-CMS)
ERC Starting Grant
Digital Radio Detectors for Galactic PeV Particles (PeV-Radio)
Dr. Frank Schröder Institute for Nuclear Physics (IKP)


Junior Research Groups - other sources


Group Title Group Head Institute
Novel Electrode Materials for Rechargable Electrochemical Storage Devices (NEW E²) Dr. Dominic Bresser Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) - Electrochemistry for Batteries
Extrusion of Biopolymeric Systems Dr. M. Azad Emin

Institute of Process Engineering in Life Sciences: Food Process Engineering(LVT)

Agile Produktionsregelkreise Dr.-Ing. Benjamin Häfner wbk Institute of Production Science (wbk)

Quality-driven System Evolution

Dr. Robert Heinrich

Institute for Program Structures and Data Organisation (IPD)

Dicoordinate Main Group Element and Transition Metal Nitrides Dr. Alexander Hinz Institute for Inorganic Chemistry (AOC)
Dip-Pen Nanolithography and related Techniques Dr. Dr. Michael Hirtz Institute of Nanotechnology (INT)
Unternehmensfinanzierung Dr. rer. pol. Daniel Hoang Institute for Finance (FBV) - Department of Finance and Banking
Transport and Energy Dr. rer. pol. Patrick Jochem Institute for Industrial Production (IIP)

Vector-Stiftungs-Young Investigator Group (YIG)

Green Mobility

Dr.-Ing. Luise Kärger


 Institut für Fahrzeugsystemtechnik (FAST)
Lattice Boltzmann Research Group Dr. Mathias Krause Institute for Applied and Numerical Mathematics (IANM) 2 / Institute of Mechanical Process Engineering and Mechanics (MVM)
Computational Cardiac Modelling Dr.-Ing. Axel Loewe Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBT)
Nonlinear Helmholtz Equations Dr. Rainer Mandel Institute for Analysis (IANA)
Sylvanus Dr. Somidh Saha Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
Singularity formation in nonlinear PDEs Dr. Birgit Schörkhuber Institute for Analysis (IANA)

Margarete von Wrangell-Habilitationsstipendium

Dislocation based continuum theory of plasticity

Dr.-Ing. Katrin Schulz Institute for Applied Materials - Computational Materials Science (IAM-CMS)
Liquiditätseffekte auf Finanzmärkten Dr. rer. pol. Philipp Schuster Institute for Finance (FBV) - Department of Financial Engineering and Derivatives
X-ray Microscopy in Catalysis Dr. Thomas Sheppard Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ITCP)
Robust Production Systems Dr.-Ing. Nicole Stricker wbk Institute of Production Science
Climate change and land-use impacts on European bumblebee populations Dr. Penelope Whitehorn Institut for Meteorology and Climate Research - Atmospheric Environment Research (IMK-IFU)