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Helmholtz Virtual Data Science Career Day

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Are you a data scientist looking to contribute to solving major challenges facing society, science and the economy? Then visit the Helmholtz Virtual Data Science Career Day and jump-start the next step in your career.


    Whether you’re looking for exciting PhD subjects, postdoc positions or other positions in applied data science, this fair will get you in touch with your future employer.


    Learn about data science jobs in these fields:


              Earth and environment



              Space and transport




    Participate in our conference program and hear from leading data scientists of different research areas how you can advance your career in data science.




    The following Helmholtz Centers and partner institutions are looking forward to meeting you at the Helmholtz Virtual Data Science Career Day:

    Helmholtz School for Data Science in Life, Earth & Energy (HDS-LEE) is an international, English-speaking graduate school as a cooperation between RWTH Aachen University, the University of Cologne, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (iron research), and Forschungszentrum Jülich. HDS-LEE is part of the newly founded JARA Center for Simulation and Data Sciences (JARA-CSD), which will be created as a unique, internationally visible competence center for computer- and data-infrastructures, user support as well as methodological and disciplinary research in the fields of simulation, data analysis and HPC technologies.

    The school aims at excellent mathematics, computer science, natural science and engineering graduates who strive to advance the development of data science methodologies and harness the power of state-of-the-art data science technologies to solve challenging scientific problems in the three application domains “Life, Earth & Energy”. The objective of HDS-LEE is to educate, train and support talented scientists during their doctoral thesis.

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    The aim of the Helmholtz Information & Data Science School for Health (HIDSS4Health) is to attract, promote and train the best young talents at the interface between data science and health-related applications. HIDSS4Health offers a structured doctoral training program embedded in a highly interdisciplinary research environment, bringing together experts from the data and life sciences. The scientific curriculum is complemented by training measures that provide doctoral researchers with the key qualifications expected from future leaders in science and industry.

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    The Munich School for Data Science (MUDS) aims at excellent graduates of mathematics, computer science, natural science and engineering, to train the next generation of data scientists at the interface of data science and four different application domain sciences: biomedicine, plasma physics, earth observation, and robotics. These domains are organized in the educational tracks of the research school. By offering a structured PhD-programm MUDS will strengthen domain-driven research by teaching methodological data science skills in an interdisciplinary and application-oriented fashion.

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    Helmholtz Zentrum München

    Helmholtz Zentrum München is the German Research Center for Environmental Health. It investigates important common diseases which develop from the interaction of lifestyle, environmental factors and personal genetic background, focusing particularly on diabetes mellitus, allergies and chronic lung diseases.

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    The Helmholtz School for Marine Data Science (MarDATA) offers a structures PhD-programm for future marine scientists with a data science background. It is a joint activity by the marine institutes GEOMAR - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and the Alfred-Wegener-Institute (AWI) Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, together with their university partners Kiel University, University of Bremen and Jacobs University in Bremen.

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    GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a world-wide leading institute of marine research. We investigate chemical, physical, biological and geological processes of the seafloor, oceans and ocean margins and their interactions with the atmosphere. We also bridge the gap between basic and applied science in several areas. With this broad spectrum of research initiatives GEOMAR is globally unique. 

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    The approximately 1 000 employees of the Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht für Material- und Küstenforschung (HZG) make substantial contributions to the clarification of major and pressing issues that focus on key scientific, economic and social issues.

    The research spectrum includes high-performance materials for sustainable and environmentally friendly technologies, which are used in the fields of mobility or energy systems. In addition, pioneering biomaterials for medicine are developed. With the help of research and consultancy, the challenges of climate change are to be mastered and the management and protection of the coastal and marine environment made possible.

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    The Data Science in Hamburg Helmholtz Graduate School (DASHH) is a newly established Helmholtz graduate school, involving several partners:

    Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY), Universität Hamburg, Technische Universität Hamburg, Helmut Schmidt Universität, Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, Helmholtz Zentrum für Infektionsforschung, Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, European XFEL GmbH

    In DASHH we harness data, computer and applied mathematical science to advance our understanding of nature. We aim to educate the future generation of data and information scientists that will tackle tomorrow’s scientific challenges that come along with large-scale experiments.

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    The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig is one of the world’s leading research centres in the field of environmental research, enjoying high social recognition. It demonstrates ways in which a sustainable use of our natural resource base is possible for the benefit of both humankind and the environment.

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    DESY is one of the world’s leading accelerator centres. Researchers use the large-scale facilities at DESY to explore the microcosm in all its variety – from the interactions of tiny elementary particles and the behaviour of new types of nanomaterials to biomolecular processes that are essential to life. The accelerators and detectors that DESY develops and builds are unique research tools. The facilities generate the world’s most intense X-ray light, accelerate particles to record energies and open completely new windows onto the universe. That makes DESY not only a magnet for more than 3 000 guest researchers from over 40 countries every year, but also a coveted partner for national and international cooperations. Committed young researchers find an exciting interdisciplinary setting at DESY. The research centre offers specialized training for a large number of professions. DESY cooperates with industry and business to promote new technologies that will benefit society and encourage innovations.

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    The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport, security and digitalisation is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. DLR is also responsible for the planning and implementation of Germany's space activities on behalf of the federal government. DLR is also the umbrella organisation for one of Germany's largest project management agencies.

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    The Forschungszentrum Jülich is one of the largest research institutions in Europe in the fields of energy and environment as well as information technology and brain research. It focuses on benefit-inspired basic research and works across topics and disciplines. More than 2 000 scientists and researchers at Forschungszentrum Jülich lay the foundations for future key technologies and work together to find viable solutions to complex and pressing social issues through interdisciplinary research.

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    More than 450 000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year in Germany. Cancer is a disease that poses enormous challenges to research, because every cancer is different and its course can vary immensely even from one patient to the next. To perform research into cancer is the task of the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ). DKFZ is the largest biomedical research institute in Germany and a member of the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centers. In over 90 divisions and research groups, our more than 3 000 employees, of which more than 1,200 are scientists, are investigating the mechanisms of cancer, are identifying cancer risk factors and are trying to find strategies to prevent people from getting cancer. They are developing novel approaches to make tumor diagnosis more precise and treatment of cancer patients more successful.

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    The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in Berlin is devoted to biomedical research with the aim of understanding the molecular basis of health and disease and translating findings as quickly as possible into clinical applications. Better prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases are the ultimate goals.

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    Germany will experience a fundamental demographic change in the coming decades. As a consequence age-related diseases will be increasing. This applies in particular to dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease but also to other neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease. Dementia represents a tremendous social and economic challenge. 

    Against this background, the DZNE was founded in 2009 as a member of the Helmholtz Association and as the first of the German Centres for Health Research (DZG). Today, it comprises ten sites (Berlin, Bonn, Dresden, Göttingen, Magdeburg, Munich, Rostock/Greifswald, Tübingen, Ulm and Witten) and thus concentrates expertise, which is distributed throughout Germany within a single research institution. The DZNE’s more than 1,000 staff members, who are distributed throughout about 80 working groups, investigate the similarities and differences of various neurodegenerative diseases with the aim of developing new preventive and therapeutic approaches. The DZNE is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German federal states (Bundesländer) in which DZNE sites are located.

    The common feature of the diseases investigated by the DZNE is neurodegeneration: a pathological process that damages nerve cells. Neurodegeneration can lead to dementia, trigger movement disorders and also massively impair health in other ways. Examples include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and frontotemporal dementia (FTD).

    The DZNE is dedicated to neurodegenerative diseases in all their facets. To cover this diversity, the DZNE pursues an interdisciplinary research strategy that comprises four interconnected areas: Fundamental research, clinical research, health care research, and population research. In line with this agenda, DZNE experts cooperate across sites and disciplines to promote translation of research findings into practical application.

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    Being “the Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, the Karlsruhe Insitute for Technology (KIT) creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information.

    For this, about 9 300 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 24 400 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

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    The GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national research centre for Earth sciences. Research at the GFZ focuses on the geosphere within the highly complex System Earth with its further subsystems, its interacting subcycles, and its wide network of cause-and-effect chains. The GFZ enables a close interdisciplinary collaboration with the related scientific disciplines physics, mathematics, chemistry, and biology as well as with the engineering sciences disciplines of rock mechanics, engineering hydrology and seismology.

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    The main goal of Helmholtz AI is to become a driver for applied artificial intelligence (AI) through the development and distribution of AI methods across all Helmholtz centres, effectively combining AI-based analytics with Helmholtz' unique research questions and datasets.

    By implementing a Helmholtz-wide network for applied AI, Helmholtz AI builds on the current AI strengths in the Helmholtz Association and brings together scientists from all centers, provides support in their needs and thereby fosters transdisciplinary and ground-breaking research. 

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    The Helmholtz Imaging Platform (HIP) brings scientists and engineers in the Helmholtz Association together to promote and develop imaging science and to foster synergies across imaging modalities and applications within the Helmholtz Association.

    In all research fields of the Association exists a rich portfolio of expertise covering research on novel imaging modalities, experimental work using large-scale research facilities, expertise in mathematics and computer science related to imaging, as well as research in image analysis within specific fields of application.

    HIP aims to leverage this potential, enabling synergies across imaging modalities and imaging applications.

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    The Helmholtz Center for Information Security (CISPA) is a German national Big Science Institution within the Helmholtz Association. Its research agenda comprises all aspects of Information Security.

    Its aim is to provide a comprehensive, holistic treatment of the pressing grand cybersecurity and privacy research challenges that our society faces in the age of digitalization. CISPA seeks to play a prominent international role on research, transfer, and innovation by combining cutting-edge, often disruptive foundational research with innovative application-oriented research, corresponding technology transfer, and societal outreach. Thematically, it strives to cover the full spectrum from theory to empirical research. It is deeply grounded in computer science and works interdisciplinarily with researchers in adjacent fields such as medicine, law, and the social sciences.

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    The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the world’s largest funding organization for the international exchange of students and researchers. Since it was founded in 1925, around two million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding. It is a registered association and its members are German institutions of higher education and student bodies. Its activities go far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships. The DAAD supports the internationalization of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy. 

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    Postdoctoral Networking Tour in Artificial Intelligence

    The Postdoctoral Networking Tour in Artificial Intelligence (Postdoc-NeT-AI) is one of the many DAAD programs. Postdoc-NeT-AI is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and has the goal to connect international postdoctoral researchers with the German AI community. Twice a year, the program offers fully funded tours to the hotspots in the public and the private sector where, for one week, the selected researchers have the chance to connect and discuss their work with leading researchers in the field of AI.

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    The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) was founded in 2011 to research the development of the internet from a societal perspective and better understand the digitalisation of all spheres of life. As the first institute in Germany with a focus on internet and society, HIIG has established an understanding that centres on the deep interconnectedness of digital innovations and societal processes. 

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    Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is one of Israel’s leading research universities and among the world leaders in many fields.

    It has around 20 000 students and 4 000 faculty members in the Faculties of Engineering Sciences; Health Sciences; Natural Sciences; the Pinchas Sapir Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management; the Joyce and Irving Goldman School of Medicine; the Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies; and the Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies. More than 100 000 alumni play important roles in all areas of research and development, industry, health care, the economy, society, culture and education in Israel.

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    Y-DATA is an intensive one-year career advancement program in data science that bridges the gap between short-term online courses and a full-time MSc-level program. Y-DATA is designed by the Yandex School of Data Science and taught at Tel Aviv University campus by top-notch experts from the academy and the industry. The program is localized to enhance the Israeli tech community and the global AI ecosystem.

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    CASUS is a unique center for data-intensive digital systems research worldwide. Established in August 2019, it is the first of its kind in Germany.

    We take on the challenge of creating digital images of complex systems at unprecedented fidelity in order to predict their interactions and dynamics. We combine innovative methods from mathematics, theoretical systems research, simulations, data and computer science to provide solutions for a range of disciplines – materials science under ambient and extreme conditions, earth system research and systems biology.

    CASUS recruits and trains excellent scientists with a mission: the development of visionary tools to propel the digitization of research. Our interdisciplinary teams design information and data science workflows to solve the complexities of current and future problems.

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    Conference program

    Our conference program will feature renowned data scientists who will share their experience about building a career in applied data science in keynotes and panels. Subscribe to our newsletter and keep in touch with us on Twitter or LinkedIn to learn about our upcoming conference program first.



    About the Helmholtz Association

    The Helmholtz Association pursues the long-term research goals of the state and society, including basic research, in scientific autonomy. To do this, the Helmholtz Association conducts top-level research to identify and explore the major challenges facing society, science and the economy. Its work is divided into six research fields. The Helmholtz Association brings together 19 scientific-technical and biological-medical research centers. With more than 40,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 4.8 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific organisation. The Association's work follows in the tradition of its namesake, the natural scientist Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894).




    About the Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy

    The Helmholtz Data Science Vitual Career Day is organized by the Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy (HIDA). HIDA is Germany’s largest postgraduate training network in information and data science. We prepare the next generation of scientists for a data-heavy future of research. HIDA connects and serves as the roof to six newly founded data science research schools linked by a network of 14 national research centers and 17 top-tier universities across Germany.