Graduate School

Supporting our doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in pursuing their research ambitions and career goals


The Graduate School of Advanced Research in Integrative Computational Design and Construction offers its doctoral and postdoctoral members optimal support in pursuing their research ambitions and career goals.

Early career researchers have access to a highly interdisciplinary, IntCDC-specific training programme, various mobility options, measures supporting early academic independence including grants and awards as well as assistance in their future career planning.

Doctoral candidates particularly benefit from dual supervision and a tailored core curriculum.



All early career researchers working in an IntCDC Research Project are automatically members of the Graduate School IntCDC. Other early career researchers who are supervised by an IntCDC Principal Investigator, Participating Researcher or Independent Junior Research Group Leader are also eligible to apply for membership and thus for full access to the support measures and activities of the Graduate School. This relates particularly to doctoral and postdoctoral researchers working in an IntCDC research project without IntCDC-funding, in an associated project of IntCDC or in research associations involved in ArchIDA.



The Graduate School IntCDC is headed by the IntCDC Commission for Early Career Support, which is responsible for its strategic development, its training programme and further support measures and activities. The current members of the commission are:



The Graduate School’s interdisciplinary training programme offers a range of IntCDC-specific activities and events designed to deepen our early career researchers’ scientific knowledge and professional skills.

To learn more about the core curriculum we put together for our doctoral candidates, please click here.

The seminars convey theoretical and methodological skills central to the IntCDC research programme, complementing and expanding the disciplinary approaches of our early career researchers. They are taught by IntCDC Principal Investigators and Participating Researchers. The seminar topics are conceptualized by the Cluster’s Research Project Areas to guarantee a close fit to our current research questions.


Co-Design beyond the Demonstrator: Idealistic visions vs. realistic prospects?
Prof. Hans Christian Jünger, Prof. Jan Knippers, Prof. Martin Ostermann
22 April 2021, 9:00 a.m.  - 3:30 p.m. via Webex

The Cluster’s expert guest lecture series “IntCDC Constructive Conversations” ensures a close interaction with the larger research community by hosting renowned national and international scientists, including IntCDC visiting professors, and industry experts to speak on current topics and challenges in the field of IntCDC.

The lecture series is open to the public.


Components for a robot-aided and space-continuous geometric acquisition
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Berndt Neuner (TU Vienna)
04 February 2021, 4:00  - 5:30 p.m. via Webex

The harvested, designed and living
Prof. Martin Tamke (CITA)
10 June 2021, 6:00  - 7:30 p.m. via Webex

Rethinking Craft: Situated Computations + Repairing Design
Dr. Vernelle Noel (University of Florida)
19 July 2021, 4:00  - 6:00 p.m. via Webex

IntCDC Early Career Kaffeeklatsch

The “Early Career Kaffeeklatsch” is a monthly, informal meeting for all doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in IntCDC to share insights, experiences and questions on topics relevant for their work / life as early career researchers.

The format is co-organized by the Graduate School IntCDC and the IntCDC Equal Opportunity and Diversity (EO&D) management. For more information on the EO&D sessions, please click here.


Covid-19 and its impact on early career researchers
Dr. Jule Nowoitnick
22 January 2021, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. via Webex

Book vs paper-based – The Ways and Challenges of Writing Your Thesis
Dr. Jule Nowoitnick
28 April 2021, 4:00  - 5:00 p.m. via Webex

Work-Work-Balance? Juggling research, publishing, teaching and administrative tasks
Dr. Jule Nowoitnick
30 June 2021, 4:00  - 5:00 p.m. via Webex

Walk & Talk
Dr. Jule Nowoitnick
18 August 2021, time and meeting location tba

What comes next? Let’s talk career plans
Dr. Jule Nowoitnick
13 October 2021, 4:00  - 5:00 p.m. via Webex

Visit to the Christmas Market
Dr. Jule Nowoitnick & Dr. Carolina García Johnson
10 December 2021, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., meeting location tba

The Graduate School IntCDC regularly offers key skills workshops on sets of professional expertise and skills specifically linked to our research programme. These include regular workshops on good scientific practice, in which national and international guidelines and recommendations for research work are conveyed and discussed. Depending on the topic, we collaborate with our industry partners, the University of Stuttgart’s Graduate Academy (GRADUS) or the university’s Language Center to implement these workshops.


Working in Multicultural Teams in an English-Speaking Environment
Dr. Ines Böhner
22 July 2020, 1:00  - 5:00 p.m. via Webex


Good Scientific Practice in the fields of IntCDC
Prof. Tobias Schmohl
17 –18 June 2021, full day via Webex

What happens to your research grant proposal? A reviewer’s perspective
Prof. Manfred Bischoff, Dr. Katherine J. Kuchenbecker, Prof. Daniel Weiskopf
05 July 2021, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. viaWebex

In our Career Talks, we give the IntCDC insights into possible career paths in an informal atmosphere. Each Talk focuses on a specific career field and connects our researchers to alumni, who share their experience of successfully working in this area.


Career paths in the industry
Dr. Johannes Gantner (pom+ Consulting AG), Julian Karl (Herrmann+Bosch Architekten), Michaela Mey, Dr. Jule Nowoitnick
15 June 2021, 4:00  - 5:30 p.m. via Webex

The Cluster promotes an active start-up culture in order to spin off and transfer findings into the industry. In cooperation with the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Science and the Cluster of Excellence SimTech, we regularly offer lectures, discussion rounds and workshops on entrepreneurial skills as part of the EXC Start-Up Series.


Lecture: Entrepreneurship at the University of Stuttgart
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Middendorf (Vice Rector for Knowledge and Technology Transfer), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Knippers (Vice Rector for Research & IntCDC Deputy Speaker), Marcel Werle (Start up Coach), Philipp Häßler (Technology Scout)
02 November 2020, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. via Webex


Talk: How to combine first founding activities with your role as a researcher?
Philipp Häßler (Technology Scout), Marcel Werle (Start-up Coach), Moritz Dörstelmann (Founder, FibR), Dr. Sven Benson (Founder, Candidum), Prof. Dr. Alexander Brem (Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Science), Dr. Eric Heintze (Start-Up Coach)
21 January 2020, 5:30  - 7:00 p.m. via Webex

IntCDC get-together
Philipp Häßler (Technology Scout), Marcel Werle (Start-up Coach)
13 April 2021, 4:00  - 5:00 p.m. via Webex

Talk: From Technology to Innovation
Maximilian Franz (Modugen), Ralf Gulde (sereact), Armin Mechias (Cree Buildings), Dr. Clemens Ackermann (Arena2036)
01 July 2021, 04:00  - 06:00 p.m. via Webex

All early career researchers of the University of Stuttgart have access to the general qualification programme offered by GRADUS as well as to the courses and services offered by the University’s Language Center.



We support our early career researchers in gaining international experience and building worldwide networks through international research stays with our academic partners as well as industry secondments in collaboration with our industry partners.

Furthermore, we regularly host academic workshops with our academic and industry partners and offer mentoring opportunities with our industry partners.

The “Research Network for Advancing Architecture, Engineering and Construction” (AdvanceAEC), of which IntCDC is a founding partner, offers our early career researchers further training and facilitates both guided but also individual networking opportunities. AdvanceAEC brings together national and international researchers in the fields of architecture, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, robotics and social sciences.



For most early career researchers, the doctorate is the first large-scale, independent research project of their career. We want to offer our doctoral researchers close support to complete this challenge with excellent success and to set them up ideally for their next career step.

Dual supervision of all doctoral researchers as well as regular Status Seminars and Status Colloquia ensure close, structured guidance and full integration into the IntCDC community. A core curriculum introduces them to the IntCDC research framework and serves as basis for their individual qualification programme. Additional courses and activities allow them to tailor the programme to their specific research and career goals.

For more information on doctoral studies in the Graduate School IntCDC, please read the information below and refer to the Regulations for the Graduate School IntCDC for all details.

We emphasize interdisciplinarity in the training and supervision concept of our doctoral researchers. Therefore, every doctoral candidate is advised by two IntCDC supervisors with complementary disciplinary expertise. One of the two supervisors functions as main supervisor within the Graduate School IntCDC and thus as mentor throughout the doctorate.

All doctoral researchers of the Graduate School IntCDC complete a “milestone presentation” approximately 18 to 24 months into their doctoral studies. Here they can review their achievements and progress so far and discuss and adjust the remaining research plan in conversation with both of their IntCDC supervisors.

Doctoral candidates submit a “milestone report” to their supervisor team in preparation for the milestone presentation, which consists of a thirty-minute public lecture followed by a close-door conversation of approx. 60 minutes with both supervisors.

To offer further guidance to our doctoral researchers in their work at the Cluster and beyond, we have formulated the following core curriculum for doctoral studies in the Graduate School IntCDC:

  • participation in an IntCDC interdisciplinary early career seminar;
  • participation in an IntCDC summer school, an IntCDC conference or an equivalent scientific event in the research field of IntCDC;
  • participation in a key skills workshop on “Good Scientific Practice”.

To learn more about the general framework of doctoral studies at the University of Stuttgart, please click here or contact the Graduate Academy (GRADUS).

For more detailed information on doctoral studies in the Graduate School IntCDC, please refer to the Regulations for the Graduate School IntCDC or contact the Cluster’s Early Career Manager, Dr. Jule Nowoitnick.



Beyond the general programme of the Graduate School, we offer our postdoctoral researchers specific support in building a network and visibility to reach their individual career goals within or beyond academia.

IntCDC Postdoc Meeting & Info Session “Habilitation – Requirements, Procedures, Prospects”
Dr. Jürgen Hädrich (GRADUS)
09 June 2021, 3:30  - 5:00 p.m. via Webex

Info Session “National and EU Funding Opportunities for Postdocs”
Dr. Bettina Ahrens-Diez (Project Office), Heinke Claß (EU Office)
22 June 2021, 3:00  - 5:00 p.m. via Webex

In addition, we regularly organize IntCDC Postdoc Meetings to stay connected and discuss and develop further specific measure.



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