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Interdisciplinary Data Science Research in Berlin – 8 fully-funded PhD fellowships

Wissenschaftler / Doktoranden

The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) is one of the world’s leading biomedical research institutions. Max Delbrück, a Berlin native, was a Nobel laureate and one of the founders of molecular biology. At the MDC’s locations in Berlin-Buch and Mitte, researchers from some 60 countries analyze the human system – investigating the biological foundations of life from its most elementary building blocks to systems-wide mechanisms. By understanding what regulates or disrupts the dynamic equilibrium in a cell, an organ, or the entire body, we can prevent diseases, diagnose them earlier, and stop their progression with tailored therapies. Patients should benefit as soon as possible from basic research discoveries. The MDC therefore supports spin-off creation and participates in collaborative networks. It works in close partnership with Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin in the jointly run Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC), the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) at Charité, and the German Center for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK). Founded in 1992, the MDC today employs 1,600 people and is funded 90 percent by the German federal government and 10 percent by the State of Berlin.

The Helmholtz Einstein International Berlin Research School in Data Science (HEIBRiDS) invites applications for PhD fellowships in a collaborative research environment across disciplinary borders.

Ihre Aufgaben

HEIBRiDS projects combine Data Science with applications in Molecular Medicine, Materials & Energy, Earth & Environment, Geosciences, and Astronomy and topics belonging to one or more of the following areas:

  • Machine Learning & Deep Learning
  • Data Management
  • High-Throughput Data Analytics
  • Modelling (incl. Mathematical & Statistical Modelling)
  • Imaging

Research will be conducted at one of the partner Helmholtz Centers in the Berlin region:

  • Alfred-Wegener-Institute (AWI)
  • Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY)
  • German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ)
  • Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB)
  • Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC)

or at one of the participating Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF) partner universities:

  • Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Freie Universität Berlin (FU)
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU)
  • Technische Universität Berlin (TU)

What we offer

  • Cutting-edge research in Data Science under tandem supervision
  • Four-year fully-funded fellowships (E13 TVöD or TV-L)
  • Integrated training curriculum of scientific and professional skills courses taught in English
  • Financial support for conferences and networking

Ihr Profil

Who we are looking for

  • You are an enthusiastic student with a strong interest in data sciences
  • Your have a MSc degree in quantitative sciences (Computer Science, Physics, Statistics or Mathematics) or related applied field (Bio- or Geo-informatics etc.),
  • You hold or expect to obtain a MSc degree not later than October 2022

How to apply
Via our online recruitment portal! Applications via email can unfortunately not be accepted.

Application deadline: February 14, 2022.

Desired starting date: Starting dates are arranged on an individual basis, latest 6 months from the interviews (October 2022)

Ihre Benefits

  • International working environment with communication in English and German
  • Interesting career opportunities and a comprehensive range of qualification and further training opportunities
  • Compatibility of family and career certified by the berufundfamilie audit
  • Varied support for "New Berliners" (Welcome & Family Office)
  • Company health management with fitness center

Weitere Informationen:


Graduate School Office

14. Februar 2022

MDC Berlin-Mitte

Four-year fully-funded fellowships 100% (E13 TVöD or TV-L). Health and social insurance are included in the contract. Salaries are competitive to the national standards.


Gewünschter Eintrittstermin:
01. Oktober 2022

Appointments are made for an initial period of 3 years, with possibility of extension for an additional year.

Eirini Kouskoumvekaki
Graduate School Office

The MDC is committed to diversity and actively promotes equal opportunities for all employees regardless of their origin, religion, ideology, health impairment, age or sexual identity. We look forward to receiving applications from open-minded people who enjoy working in diverse teams. Applications from severely disabled persons will be given special consideration.

Please use our online portal and submit your application, including details about your education (university, grades), research experience, interest and motivation, CV, reference letters, as well as relevant educational and degree certificates.
After submission of your application, you will receive an automatic email confirming that your application has been received. To be eligible for review, your application must be submitted before the application deadline.

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