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.

Winter Semester 2020/21

A close interaction with the larger research community is ensured by an expert guest lecture series 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.

Winter Semester 2020/21

Components for a robot-aided and space-continuous geometric acquisition
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Berndt Neuner, TU Vienna
04.02.2021, 16:00h, K2 Tiefenhörsaal, M17.01

This informal and highly interactive format brings together IntCDC researchers with professional and industry experts to reflect and discuss various topics relevant for academic work and (non-)academic careers.

Winter Semester 2020/21

Entrepreneurship at the University of Stuttgart
02.11.2020, 17-18:30h, Webex
Initiated by the Cluster of Excellence IntCDC, organized by the Vice Rectorate for Knowledge and Technology Transfe

The Graduate School IntCDC regularly offers key skills workshops on sets of professional expertise and skills specifically linked to our research programme. 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.

Summer Semester 2020

Working in Multicultural Teams in an English-Speaking Environment
22.07.2020, 13–17:00h, Webex
Dr. Ines Böhner

Winter Semester 2020/21


In collaboration with GRADUS, we regularly offer workshops on good scientific practice, in which national and international guidelines and recommendations for research work are conveyed and discussed.

Winter Semester 2020/21

Good Scientific Practice
27.–28.01.2021, full day, Webex
Prof. Tobias Schmohl

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 by both international research stays at our partner institutes as well as industry secondments in collaboration with our industry partners.

Academic workshops with academic and industry partners as well as mentoring opportunities with our industry partners will follow soon.



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.



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Jule Nowoitnick

Graduate School & Early Career

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