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Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS)

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76131 Karlsruhe

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Welcome to the Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS)

The Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS) is the central institution for the promotion of junior researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). We support doctoral researchers, postdocs, the Young Investigator Network (YIN), and doctoral programs. Our various offers are specifically targeted to promote junior KIT researchers and foster an open scientific and interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and knowledge.


  • individually advise, qualify, and support young scientists during their careers
  • further develop the support of young scientists at KIT and maintain the quality of the doctoral research phase
  • support coordinated research programs (e.g. research training groups) for the promotion of young scientists.


Call for applications: HIDA Trainee Network

The HIDA Trainee Network is a novel exchange program for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers who work at a Helmholtz Center and whose research work has a strong connection to Information or Data Science. The program enables one to three month research stays at another Helmholtz Center or partner institution financially supported by the Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy (HIDA).

Current availability of the KHYS team

Due to the precautionary measures in light of the spread of the coronavirus, a large part of the KHYS staff currently works from home. There, the respective contact persons can usually be reached best by e-mail. We try to continue to provide you with the best possible support for your concerns and ask for your understanding if there are occasional delays.

Current information in connection with the coronavirus

The coronavirus currently determines the life and work of all of us, and also for the young scientist at KIT, special questions arise due to the effects of measures against the spread of the coronavirus. Therefore, we have compiled an overview of some current information in this context for you.

Dr.-Ing. Akanksha Bhutani awarded the Südwestmetall-Förderpreis 2019/2020

For her outstanding dissertation at the KIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Dr.-Ing. Akanksha Bhutani receives the Südwestmetall-Förderpreis 2019/2020. With this prize, the Baden-Wuerttemberg Employers' Association of the Metal and Electrical Industry - Südwestmetall - honors outstanding achievements of young scientists at the Baden-Württemberg state universities, which are important for the industrial working world or its socio-political framework conditions. We congratulate Ms Bhutani and wish her continued success.

12th KIT Doctoral Award bestowed

As part of the President's Banquet on February 6, 2020 the 12th KIT Doctoral Award was granted. KIT honors extraordinary doctoral researchers, thereby highlighting the great importance of young scientists at KIT. Vice President Alexander Wanner honored Dr. Hannah Rothfuß, Dr. Andreas Schlüter and Dr. Merita Tafili for their outstanding research achievements. We congratulate the award winners and wish them much success.

Subsequent entry for all doctoral researchers

All doctoral researchers who are doing their doctorate at a KIT department are requested to take part in the subsequent entry of data according to the Higher Education Data Protection Ordinance Baden-Württemberg (HSchulDSV BW).

Guidelines for the postdoc phase at KIT

The guidelines for the postdoc phase at KIT help establish transparency and reliability for postdoctoral researchers and their superiors during the postdoctoral phase at KIT. The guidelines define, among other things, what is understood by postdoctoral phase at KIT, which objectives should be pursued during this qualification phase and which responsibilities postdocs and superiors have respectively.


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Increased support for postdocs

Postdocs will receive even more support in their careers in the future. KIT will receive EUR 750,000 for five years (KHYS Postdoc Office) from the Helmholtz Association's Initiative and Networking Fund for this task. The funding will enable KIT to support its approximately 500 postdocs more comprehensively and specifically.

Advisory offices for young scientists - open consultation hours at KHYS

Junior researchers often face different challenges in their research period which could lead to conflicts. At KIT there are a variety of advisory offices which you can contact in cases of conflicts both in a work and in a personal context. KHYS for example offers open consultation hours from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday in room 116. There you can safely discuss your situation.

Conventions of the doctoral researchers

All doctoral researchers that have been accepted at a KIT Department together form a convention. The conventions can give advice on issues pertaining to doctoral researchers and give recommendations to the organs of KIT. Every convention is headed by a board, elected from within the convention. Doctoral researchers wishing to become actively involved in the convention of their KIT Department are very welcome to do so.

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Ombudspersons for doctoral researchers and supervisors at KIT

The Ombudspersons act as contact persons in cases of conflicts or disputes between doctoral researchers and supervisors during the doctoral research phase. Doctoral researchers and supervisors are free to initiate contact with any Ombudsperson at any point. They can decide for themselves whom they wish to address irrespective of they research background.

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Competence Pool: Living forum for the networking of ideas at KIT

All employees, as well as guests and partners of KIT, are invited to present their individual professional profile within KIT and to engage in mutual exchange. An allocation to and a search concerning KIT Centers and their topics as well as embedding publications in the individual profile is possible.


The blog presents the exciting and diverse faces of the Helmholtz Association, presents experts and topics from the broad field of talent promotion and career development in science and provides insights into what is done day-to-day in the Helmholtz Association to make it not only an outstanding scientific institution, but also an inspiring workplace for all employees.

Das neue KHYS-Handbuch für Promovierende ist da!
KHYS guide for doctoral researchers

The e-book provides you with information, tips and numerous services concerning your doctorate at KIT.

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