Helmholtz Einstein International Research School in Data Science

The international graduate school HEIBRiDS is to receive six million euros in funding from the Helmholtz Association and is scheduled to run for six year.  The graduate school pools the scientific expertise of its participating institutions with their diverse disciplines: the participating Helmholtz Centres possess first-class researchers from the fields of medicine, transport, geosciences and climate. The Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF) deals with core technologies of digitalization – from digital health and digital industries to the digital humanities – and will eventually consist of more than 50 professors newly appointed by Berlin’s institutions of higher education. HEIBRiDS can therefore rely on a unique environment that enables research, from different perspectives, into the core methods, algorithms and processes of digitalization, while at the same time transporting knowledge between different disciplines.

The graduate school will be providing at least 25 doctoral candidates with an optimal four-year education in the field of data science. Due to its organization across locations and institutions, synergy effects can be achieved to expand teaching and educational options. Prospective doctoral candidates will therefore benefit from an efficiently structured, interdisciplinary education at the highest level as well as from a stimulating and networked environment for learning and conducting research.

The doctoral theses focus on topics from the fields of imaging, machine learning, modeling, innovative hardware concepts, visualization and sequencing. The interdisciplinary topics are formulated and supervised by a team consisting of two professors, one of whom is a member of the Helmholtz Association and one an ECDF member. Both the topics and applicants face an internationally competitive selection process. Candidates must submit their doctoral theses to one of the Berlin universities that are closely related to the ECDF through its professors.

The institutions involved are: Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC), Alfred Wegener Institute – Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), German Electron Synchrotron (DESY), German Aerospace Center (DLR), Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Helmholtz Centre Berlin for Materials and Energy (HZB), Technische Universität Berlin, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Berlin University of the Arts. Jointly responsible for managing HEIBRiDS are Professor Dr. Uwe Ohler (MDC and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) on behalf of the Helmholtz Association, as well as Professor Dr. Odej Kao (TU Berlin) and Professor Johann-Christoph Freytag, Ph.D. (HU Berlin), on behalf of the ECDF.



Coordinating Officer
Nadja Wisniewski
Wilhelmstraße 67 / 10117 Berlin
nadja.wisniewski (AT) tu-berlin.de