The Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS) promotes and supports all KIT early-career reseachers. The KHYS Postdoc Office in particular is a central point of contact for postdocs. On the KHYS homepage you can get comprehensive information about possibilities as postdoc at KIT. Here, the numerous further education offers should be highlighted, which cover the following areas:
- Research skills (e.g. third-party funding or methods and good research practice)
- Communication (e.g. scientific writing or oral communication techniques)
- Management and Leadership (e.g. project management or business competences)
- Languages (German, English)
- Career (e.g. career orientation and planning or job application)
An overview of all further education offers can be found in the KHYS annual course program.
AT IMK-IFU (KIT’s Campus Alpin in Garmisch-Partenkirchen) the IFU Graduate Program supports and advices postdocs with regard to career development and next career steps (e.g. international mobility, establish own group, non-academic career pathways), funding schemes for early-career researchers and acquisition of third-party funds, and offers CV and application check.
The Research Office (FOR) also accompanies young scientists on their academic path from two years after their doctorate. FOR organizes workshops and seminars, but also offers a wide range of advice with focus on funding programs and third-party funding in general.
Additional further education courses can also be found at the Center for Advanced Technological and Environmental Training (FTU) and are also provided by the service unit for Human Resources Development and Vocational Training (PEBA). Among PEBA's offerings, the mentoring program X-Ment should be highlighted at this point. Since 2012, X-Ment has supported early-career researchers at KIT in their personal development and decision-making on their own career paths.
Furthermore, there is the Young Investigator Group Preparation Program (YIG Prep Pro) for international as well as KIT postdocs. The program supports early-career scientists with a promising research idea through funding and mentorship in the application process for a third-party funded junior research group.