Career paths for bright minds

The Helmholtz Career Day for Data Science and IT brought qualified applicants together with Helmholtz centers.

Guests from all over the world visited the virtual career day to learn about job opportunities in IT and Data Science.

What a success! 609 participants from 77 countries were present when the Helmholtz Career Day for Data Science and IT took place on 15 November 2022.

The Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy organized this virtual career day for the third time to give interested people the opportunity to network with over 50 hiring scientists from Helmholtz centers and recruiters. The focus was on career paths in IT and Data Science in the six research fields: Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Aeronautics, Space and Transport, Matter and Information.

The goal: connecting bright minds from around the world with the centers. 

Even before Career Day began, the amount of registrations showed that interest in a job in these career fields is greater than ever.

Special highlights this time were two keynotes and a panel. In these, Helmholtz researchers and partners spoke about their research, experiences and career paths. In addition, they answered the many questions of the audience.

"A career is never really complete. It's a journey in the making."

Julia Schnabel, Director of the Institute of Machine Learning in Biomedical Imaging at Helmholtz Munich

In the late afternoon, the Career Day offered scientists who had jobs and projects to offer the opportunity to exchange ideas with the participants in short video chat networkings.

In just under two hours, this resulted in almost 200 conversations. In addition, participants could learn more about the centers and partners in a virtual exhibition area- and who knows - possibly meet their future employer.

The Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy is curious to know how many participants found new jobs at this year's Career Day at the 18 centers - please contact us if you do: hidacareerday@helmholtz.de.

Facts and figures of the 3rd Helmholtz Career Day for Data Science and IT 2022

  •  609 visitors
  •  77 countries
  •  159 networking meetings
  •  384 chat messages
  •  630 Booth visits

Did you miss a panel or were you unable to attend the conference? Find below both keynotes by Julia Schnabel and Thomas Jung as well as the recording of the panel discussion. In this playlist, you will find all videos of this day. In addition, you can take a look at the conference program here.


Data Science can help save lives. Julia Schnabel talks about the potential of machine learning solutions for medical imaging applications, such as early detection of diseases.
Thomas Jung, Head of Climate Dynamics at the Alfred-Wegener-Instiute, emphasizes the importance of climate models. They can show the options for action we have to avert great harm to people & nature.
Panel discussion: 'Working with IT, Data Science and Supercomputers at Helmholtz' - The participants are Charlotte Debus (KIT, Junior Group Leader) Robert Speck (Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Head of department 'Mathematics and Education) Wolfgang zu Castell (Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration/Head of Department Geoinformation & CIO The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences)

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