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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 their research background. As independent persons of trust, the Ombudspersons offer advice and recommendations and will seek to mediate between disputing parties. The Ombudspersons are bound to confidentiality.

The KIT Ombudspersons are (profiles below):

 

Please consult the German-language Statute on appointing Ombudspersons for Doctoral Researchers and Supervisors at KIT from March 4, 2015 (German only) for more information on the Ombudspersons and the process of their appointment.

 

 

Prof. Rafaela Hillerbrand


Division II – Informatics, Economics, and Society

Phone: +49 721 608-26450
E-mail: rafaela hillerbrandCoq9∂kit edu

further information
Function: Professor
Area of Expertise: Technical philosophy and philosophy of science
At KIT since: 2015
Experience in supporting doctoral researchers or connection to  doctoral
researchers:
Currently 5 doctoral researchers, completed (and co-supported) dissertations: 5
My motivation to be an Ombudsperson for doctoral researchers and supervisors: "I supported a group of the Studienstiftung for several years and gave courses on "Scientific Integrity" for doctoral researchers at my former employer, the TU Delft. In my research, I deal with the subject "misconduct in sciences" amongst other things. Since I did my doctorate in physics and philosophy, I had the opportunity to learn about different subject cultures. II would like to utilize my work experience when acting as an Ombudsperson. I think this office is very important because in my opinion it can help to resolve conflicts, which in extreme cases can lead to the termination of the doctorate. Most conflicts arise from lack of or misleading communication - something that can easily be detected by third parties."

 

 

 

PD Stefan Kühnlein


Division V – Physics and Mathematics

Phone: +49 721 608 43039
E-mail: stefan kuehnleinQrk9∂kit edu

further information
Function: Academic Senior Councillor at IAG, KIT Department of Mathematics
Area of Expertise: Algebra / number theory
At KIT since: 1997
My motivation to be an Ombudsperson
for doctoral researchers and supervisors:
"Interested in solving individual problems that can be caused by doing a doctorate."

 

 

 

Dr. Birgid Langer


Division I – Biology, Chemistry, and Process Engineering

Phone: +49 721 608 47218
E-mail: birgid langerXyf3∂kit edu

further information

Function: Academic Senior Councillor
Head of Department
Area of Expertise: Chemical biology/biochemistry in the Institutes IOC (UB) and IBG-2 (GFB)
At KIT since: 1991
My motivation to be an Ombudsperson for doctoral researchers and supervisors: "For me, it is important that both parties (doctoral researcher and supervisor) clarify what they are in for (subject and conditions!!!) during the doctoral research phase. My job is to support compliance with this agreement or lead to an agreement in the case of modification requests."
 

 

 

 

Prof. Christoph Stiller


Division III – Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

Phone: +49 721 608-42325
E-mail: stillerXsa0∂kit edu

further information

Function: Head of the Institute of Measurement and Control Technology (MRT), KIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Area of Expertise: Measurement and Control Technology
At KIT since: 2001
My motivation to be an Ombudsperson for doctoral researchers and supervisors: "The doctoral research is an important part of KIT's excellent research and, for many young scientists, a stepping stone to a successful scientific or industrial career. Therefore, I would like to work to make sure that everything works smoothly in this phase, which is important for all sides."

 

 

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