Training & Career

KiNSIS aims to offer young scientists from the nanosciences and surface research optimal conditions in Kiel  – from postdocs to doctoral and master's students. With funding, prizes and networking events, KiNSIS supports them at all stages of their scientific careers to develop their own interdisciplinary research profile, gain international experience and expand their networks in the scientific community. Two young researchers represent their interests as members of the KiNSIS Board.

Menschen im Seminarraum
© Julia Siekmann, Uni Kiel


Postdoctoral researchers can apply for funding to implement their own scientific projects and international research stays within the framework of the KiNSIS research areas. Regular exchange formats and peer-to-peer consultations offer further support for young scientists.



Doctoral researchers

During the doctoral phase, KiNSIS supports young researchers with networking and training opportunities such as the KiNSIS Young Academy. Each year, outstanding dissertations are awarded with the KiNSIS doctoral prizes in chemistry, physics, life sciences and engineering. 

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Master students

In the sense of research-oriented teaching, KiNSIS already offers interested Master students access to nanoscience research. Open courses from the natural and engineering sciences provide insights into technical basics and current examples of nano research in Kiel.



Research in Kiel

Vision, open-mindedness and fresh perspectives – that is Kiel, Germany's only state capital by the sea. Kiel University with its over 350-year history, is embedded in an excellent research environment, a lively creative and start-up scene and a diverse business landscape. Its geographical location offers exciting links to the Scandinavian and Baltic countries. As one of Kiel University's interdisciplinary priority research areas, KiNSIS offers a broad scientific network and close interdisciplinary exchange to initiate new joint projects.


Working at Kiel University

Mobile working, job ticket, holiday care and more: As one of the largest employers and the only comprehensive university in Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel University is aware of its special responsibility towards its employees. A good work-life balance, family-friendliness and flexibility play an important role here, as do a wide range of further training opportunities. Thanks to Kiel's compact size, you can get around easily by bicycle, the distances on campus are short and the Baltic Sea invites you to take part in sports and leisure activities.


More mobile in Europe

With the ERASMUS+ project 'SEA-EU', Kiel University is one of the European universities that will form a European university campus in the coming years. Under the leadership of the University of Cádiz (Spain) and other partner universities, Kiel University is planning to coordinate study programmes and courses in such a way that academic mobility is possible without restriction for Bachelor, Master and PhD students. Initially focused on marine sciences, the programme is to be expanded to include other disciplines.



Job advertisements

Professorships, doctoral positions and jobs for scientific employees are advertised on an ongoing basis within the areas of KiNSIS.



Postdoc Center at Kiel University

The Postdoc Center at Kiel University is the central point of contact for postdoc researchers: it provides them with the best possible support. As a cross-faculty facility at the interface between the target group, service units and university management, it pools offers for researchers. That means those who are already working at Kiel University in a phase of in-depth qualification and increasing academic independence after their doctorate, or who are interested in working there in the future. In addition to information and networking opportunities, they will find individual advice and support for their respective career paths.



Graduate Center at Kiel University

The Graduate Center is Kiel University's central facility for supporting its doctoral researchers. The formats are jointly designed by the Presidential Board, the faculties, the graduate programmes and the doctoral researchers' representation. This includes advice and support in all matters relating to doctoral studies, interdisciplinary qualification, career planning, academic independence, financial grants for academic activities and networking. Together with the International Center, doctoral researchers are already supported in their home countries and the internationalisation of the doctoral phase is promoted.