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 hillerbrand∂kit edu
|Area of Expertise:||Technical philosophy and philosophy of science|
|At KIT since:||2015|
|Experience in supporting doctoral researchers or connection to doctoral
|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 kuehnlein∂kit edu
|Function:||Academic Senior Councillor at IAG, KIT Department of Mathematics|
|Area of Expertise:||Algebra / number theory|
|At KIT since:||1997|
|Experience in supporting doctoral researchers or connection to doctoral researchers:||A doctorate supervised by myself, several times involved as a co-referee, often in doctoral colloquia, constant contact with our doctoral researchers in joint courses|
|My motivation to be an Ombudsperson
for doctoral researchers and supervisors:
|"Interested in solving individual problems that can be caused by doing a doctorate."|
|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|
|Experience in supporting doctoral researchers or connection to doctoral researchers:||Yes. In my role as Head of Department I am mainly responsible for the creation of special conditions (financing, further education besides research...)|
|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."
|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|
|Experience in supporting doctoral researchers or connection to doctoral researchers:||I supervised more than 50 doctoral researchers so far.
Member of the Executive Board of KSOP Graduate School, in which structured Doctoral Projects are offered.
Organizer of doctoral school, e.g. Summer School 2017
|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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