Opportunities during the doctorate

In addition to practical work during the doctoral period, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Faculty of Chemistry and Biosciences, and the Bräse working group offer various opportunities for personal further education.

Science and Management

With Science & Management, the Collège des Ingénieurs offers a doctoral program that enables scientists to complete their doctorate and the MBA program simultaneously. For years, the Collège has been cooperating with renowned universities, including the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Doctoral students benefit from the opportunity to pursue their research interests while immersing themselves in the business world. Doing a doctorate and completing an MBA at the same time - this combination is currently only possible in Germany in this form at the Collège des Ingénieurs. Further information on the Science & Management programme can be found on the CDI homepage and at sam.chem-bio.kit.edu.

Current Fellows of the Arbeitskreis Bräse at the Collège des Ingénieurs are Gloria Hong, Hannes Kühner and Steffen Otterbach.


HEiKa Graduate School

The HEiKA Graduate School on “Functional Materials” is a central structural element of the "3D Matter Made to Order" (3DMM2O) Cluster. Aside the scientific research, the graduate school offers a module program preparing the doctoral researchers for a highly interdisciplinary research field.

In addition, annual Research conferences in rotating subfields of the Cluster, and annual retreats of the doctoral researchers are part of the Graduate School program. Furthermore, regularly welcome and networking events are offered.

The Graduate School’s offer contributes to the continuous deepening of the partnerships and to the development of new cross-disciplinary connections between the PIs, doctoral researchers and PostDocs from KIT and the Heidelberg University. More information can be found at the homepage.

Current members of the HEiKA Graduate School are Hannes Kühner, Evelyne Kwiatkowski, Yannick Matt, Simon Oßwald and Christoph Schissler.

Karlsruhe School of Optics and Photonics

Optics & Photonics are key enabling technologies for many high-end industrial applications and furthermore drive research in physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering. The Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP) provides a multidisciplinary environment for first-class research and education as well as for the generation of knowledge and innovation in Optics & Photonics. KSOP research activities cover a wide range of topics within five Research Areas (RA):

RA I = Photonic Materials & Devices

RA II = Quantum Optics & Spectroscopy

RA III = Biomedical Photonics

RA IV = Optical Systems

RA V = Solar Energy

Comprising both M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs, KSOP presently encompasses professors from four different faculties at KIT, i.e., Physics, Electrical and Mechanical engineering, as well as Chemistry and Biosciences. By now, almost 800 Master and PhD students and alumni from 40 different countries are part of KSOP. Next to this the KSOP holds strong cooperation support by the European Erasmus Mundus program, the German O&P industry, the Federal Ministry of Research and Education, and, sustainably, by the State of Baden-Württemberg.

The KSOP educational concept is designed to qualify our graduates for accelerated careers at world leading academic institutions and in high-technology industries. We actively promote the thesis work of our doctoral researchers by dedicated supervision, mentoring, networking as well as scientific and technical training. Concomitantly, we augment the professional skills of our graduates by tailored personal- and management training. A strong pillar of the KSOP concept is the individual coaching of doctoral researchers by one mentor for each Research Area.

Ph.D. course modules

Management Modules

Technical Modules

Scientific Modules

MBA Fundamentals Program (optional)

In 2011, the Bräse group joined KSOP. (Research Area I). On the one hand, we work on peptoids marked with fluorescence dyes to gain new insights in biological systems. Another focus is the designing and synthesis of new efficient materials for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and for organic solar cells (OSC).

Find out more about KSOP under www.ksop.de

Current members are Dr. Jasmin Busch and Lisa-Lou Gracia.


Dr. Fabian Hundemer, Dr. Eduard Spuling, Dr. Alena Kalyakina, Dr. Mirella Wawryszyn, Dr. Dominik Kölmel, Dr. Daniel Volz


The graduate school for chemistry and biosciences (GradCHEMBIO) offers a scientific and soft-skill program while accompanying and complementing the individual scientific education of its members.

GradCHEMBIO offers 1 soft skill course, one retreat and the financial aid to attend an interantional meeting.

More information on the graduate school can be found on the homepage.

BioInterfaces International Graduate School

The BioInterfaces International Graduate School (BIF-IGS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) provides a structured PhD programme for BioInterfaces in Technology and Medicine, a transdisciplinary research programme of the Helmholtz-association. It aims to attract outstanding students and to offer research opportunities, education and training in the trans- and multi-disciplinary research areas of the BioInterfaces programme, which encompasses a breadth of disciplines including biology, chemistry, physics, engineering and informatics.

This training allows students to prepare for future careers in professional fields such as the health sciences, biotechnology, physics, chemistry and environmental science. Our students gain a unique experience by working in a stimulating environment of transdisciplinary research, using state-of-the-art technology.

More information can be found on the homepage.