Career subjects of the KIT

The Career Path was developed in a participatory process involving scientists and researchers. It sharpens and defines the career paths and target positions that enable permanent employment at KIT for young scientists.

Please note that the career path and the positions and transitions contained therein represent the current state of deliberations and that not all procedures regarding the individual positions and transitions are currently regulated.


Figure: Career subjects at KIT with a focus on Multi Track

After a successful doctorate, further career planning takes place within the first three years as part of the annual review for employees in the postdoc phase. At KIT, two career goals can be pursued:

  • a W3 professorship (intermediate positions externally usually required)
  • a permanent position as Recognised Scientist, Established Scient ist, or Distinguished Scientist (all positions are associated with permanent tasks in research, teaching, and/or innovation; the aim of the Established and Distinguished Scientist is to recognize the scientific achievements of excellent, internationally visible scientists; the procedures for appointment are currently not yet regulated and can therefore not yet be initiated)

Career goals are achieved in different ways within KIT:

  • Through Multi Track, the following are obtained
    • tenure-track professors (who may also be externally funded junior research group leaders) early commitment for a W3 professorship at KIT or
    • selected other junior research group leaders an early commitment for a permanent position as Recognised Scientist or Established Scientist (this commitment is currently not yet regulated and can therefore not be officially initiated).

Both commitments are subject to a positive evaluation.

  • Independently of Multi Track, scientific employees can be taken on indefinitely through the EVA procedure.

Junior scientists with doctorates and outstanding achievements as target group for Multi Track

The entry requirement is success in one of the following positions:

  • Successful application for a tenure-track professorship: The design of tenure-track professorships is bindingly regulated in the KIT quality assurance concept .
  • Acquisition of an externally evaluated junior research group leadership, e.g., Emmy Noether program, ERC Starting Grant, Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, Helmholtz junior research group, BMBF junior research group: Most of these externally evaluated and financed junior research group leaderships currently involve temporary employment. Here, a permanent position can be agreed upon at an early stage through Multi Track after successful evaluation. In addition, these individuals can increasingly be offered a tenure-track professorship based on the quality assurance concept. Since some of the external funding only provides for a duration of five years, the sixth year must be financed by the institute in these cases.
  • Junior research groups recognized in a standardized procedure at KIT: Junior research group leaders recognized according to KIT regulations may also receive a multi-track commitment for an unlimited appointment.

In addition to the possibilities presented here for pursuing a plannable scientific career at KIT, there are junior professorships and junior research group leaders without tenure or multi-track as well as temporary habilitation positions. These have the goal of a professorship or other activity outside KIT. Thus, KIT fulfills its task of qualifying outstanding scientists not only for its own institution but also for other universities and other research institutions.