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

aleksandra olszynka does-not-exist.kit edu

Current leaders of a KIT-Nachwuchsgruppe:

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

BNT-BT as the future lead-free funtional material for PTCR, actuator and sensor applications

Dr.-Ing. Manuel Hinterstein

Institute for Applied Materials - Ceramic Materials and Technologies (IAM-KMT)

Dicoordinate Main Group Element and Transition Metal Nitrides Dr. Alexander Hinz Institute for Inorganic Chemistry (AOC)    
Dark Matter Searches beyond the WIMP and Upgrading the Trigger and DAQ System at SuperCDMS SNOLAB Dr. Belina von Krosigk Institute for Astroparticle Physics (IAP)
Intuitive Robot Intelligence: Efficient Learning and Improving of Explainable Skills and
Behaviors for Intuitive Human-Robot Interaction
Dr. Rudolf Lioutikov Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics (IAR)
Forests out of balance: Impacts of extreme events on carbon and water cycling Dr. Nadine Rühr Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research - Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU)
Quantum Coherent Control of Atomic and Molecular Spins on Surfaces Dr. Philip Willke Physikalisches Institut (PHI)
Pulsed Metallurgy on Metallic Thin Films  Dr. Karsten Woll Institute for Applied Materials - Materials and Biomechanics (IAM-WBM)



Group Title Head of Group Institute
InfinBat Dr. Simon Fleischmann Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU)
InSEIde Tenure-Track-Prof. Dr. Julia Maibach Institute for Applied Materials - Energy Storage Systems (IAM-ESS)
MelLi Dr. Florian Strauß Institute of Nanotechnology (INT)




Group Title Head of Group Institute
Machine Intelligence in Energy Systems (MAI) Dr. Cihan Ates Institute of Thermal Turbomachinery (ITS)
Artificial Photosynthesis Dr. Claudia Bizzarri Institute of Organic Chemistry (IOC)
Extrusion of Biopolymeric Systems Dr. M. Azad Emin

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

Quality-driven System Evolution

Dr. Robert Heinrich

Institute for Program Structures and Data Organization (IPD)

Corporate Finance Dr. rer. pol. Daniel Hoang Institute for Finance (FBV) - Department of Finance and Banking
Knowledge Graph-based Artificial Intelligence Systems Dr.-Ing. Tobias Käfer Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB)

Vector Foundation Young Investigator Group (YIG)

Green Mobility

Dr.-Ing. Luise Kärger

Institut für Fahrzeugsystemtechnik (FAST)
Lattice Boltzmann Research Group Dr. Mathias Krause Institute of Applied and Numerical Mathematics (IANM) 2 / Institute of Mechanical Process Engineering and Mechanics MVM)
Artificial Intelligence for Probabilistic Weather Forecasting Dr. Sebastian Lerch Institute of Economics (ECON) - Statistics and Econometrics
Computational Cardiac Modelling Dr.-Ing. Axel Loewe Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBT)
Nonlinear Helmholtz Equations Dr. Rainer Mandel Institute for Analysis (IANA)
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
Dr. Claudia Niessner Institute of Sports and Sports Science (IFSS)
Chemical biology, supramolecular systems and prebiotic chemistry Dr. Zbigniew Pianowski Institute for Organic Chemistry (IOC)
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
Numerical Analysis of Multiscale Methods Tenure-Track-Prof. Dr. Barbara Verfürth Institute for Applied and Numerical Mathematics (IANM)
Waves in Periodic Structures Dr. Ruming Zhang Institute for Applied and Numerical Mathematics (IANM)