In view of the numerous and diverse funding instruments for the establishment of junior research groups, KIT has defined uniform quality criteria for official recognition as a "KIT-Nachwuchsgruppe".

As a junior research group leader at KIT, apply for recognition as "KIT-Nachwuchsgruppe" (KIT Junior Research Group) to make your group more visible inside and outside of KIT. The recognition certifies the high quality of your group and paves the way to further opportunities 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).

Contact person at KIT Research Office:

Aleksandra Olszynka
Scientific Awards and Paths to Professorship

Tel.: 0721 608 48440

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Current leaders of a KIT-Nachwuchsgruppe:

Group Title Head of Group Institute
Multi-Model Nowcasting and Short-Term Forecasting of Infectious Disease Spread Dr. Johannes Bracher Institute of Economics (ECON) - Statistical Methods and Econometrics
Coarse Medians as Hyperbolicity Surrogate Dr. Elia Fioravanti Institute of Algebra and Geometry (IAG)
Dicoordinate Main Group Element and Transition Metal Nitrides Dr. Alexander Hinz Institute for Inorganic Chemistry (AOC)    
Methods and tools for the analysis and interpretation of experiments and cosmological observations for the detection of dark matter TT.-Prof. Dr. Felix Kahlhöfer Institute for Theoretical Particle Physics (TTP)
Intuitive Robot Intelligence: Efficient Learning and Improving of Explainable Skills and
Behaviors for Intuitive Human-Robot Interaction
Tenure Track Prof. Dr. Rudolf Lioutikov Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics (IAR)
Quantum Coherent Control of Atomic and Molecular Spins on Surfaces Tenure Track Prof. Dr. Philip Willke Physikalisches Institut (PHI)



Group Title Head of Group Institute
InfinBat Dr. Simon Fleischmann Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU)
MelLi Dr. Florian Strauß Institute of Nanotechnology (INT)



Group title Head of group Institute
Interdigitated electrode biosensor decorated with artificially imprinted polymer receptors for rapid diagnosis of Acute Kidney Injury (IDEArt) Dr. Gözde Kabay Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG)



Group Title Head of Group Institute
Machine Intelligence in Energy Systems (MAI) Dr. Cihan Ates Institute of Thermal Turbomachinery (ITS)
Stability of Nonlinear Waves Dr. Björn de Rijk Institute for Analysis (IANA)
Sensor-based Fuel Cell Development Dr.-Ing. Jan Haußmann Institute for Product Engineering (IPEK)
Knowledge Graph-based Artificial Intelligence Systems Dr.-Ing. Tobias Käfer Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB)
Artificial Intelligence for Probabilistic Weather Forecasting Dr. Sebastian Lerch Institute of Economics (ECON) - Statistics and Econometrics
Hybrid and Lightweight Materials Dr.-Ing. Wilfried Liebig Institute for Applied Materials - Materials Science and Engineering (IAM-WK)
Computational Cardiac Modelling Dr.-Ing. Axel Loewe Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBT)
Energy and information flows in hydrological systems Dr. Ralf Loritz Institute of Water and River Basin Management - Hydrology (IWG)
Sustainable Geo-Energy Dr. Kathrin Menberg Institute for Applied Geosciences (AGW)
High temperature thermal storage systems Dr.-Ing. Klarissa Niedermeier Institute for Thermal Energy Technology and Safety (ITES)
Health-related fitness and physical mobility in children, youth and young adults Dr. Claudia Niessner Institute of Sports and Sports Science (IFSS)
Erhöhung des Wertes von Kampagnenbeobachtungen durch Datenassimilation zur Verbesserung der konvektiven Vorhersagefähigkeit (INVACODA) Dr. Annika Oertel Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research - Department Troposphere Research (IMK-TRO)
Electrocatalysis Dr. Philipp Röse Institute for Applied Materials - Electrochemical Technologies (IAM-ET)
Sylvanus Dr. Somidh Saha Institute for Technology Assessment and System Analysis (ITAS)
X-ray Microscopy in Catalysis Dr. Thomas Sheppard Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ITCP)
Interfacial properties of pectin-based biopolymers Dr.-Ing. Ulrike van der Schaaf Institute of Process Engineering in Life Sciences: Food Process Engineering
Printable Semitransparent Organic Solar Cells for Photovoltaic Surfaces of the Future (SEMTRASOL) Dr. Christian Sprau Light Technology Institute (LTI)
Multiphase flows and heat transfer Dr.-Ing. Alexander Stroh Institute for Fluid Mechanics (ISTM)
Project and resource management in the built environment Dr.-Ing. Rebekka Volk Institute for Industrial Production (IIP)
Stability and Instability in Fluids and Materials Dr. Christian Zillinger Institute for Analysis (IANA)