Data Science in Hamburg – Helmholtz Graduate School for the Structure of Matter


Think Big: Using the world's strongest X-ray beam and Data Science to help unlock the secrets of matter


The Data Science in Hamburg – Helmholtz Graduate School for the Structure of Matter (DASHH) combines the expertise of scientists with a high international reputation in basic research on the structure of matter, computer science and mathematics in a new, unique form and enables young scientists to experiment at world-leading large-scale research facilities.

Research fields at DASHH



PhD students at DASHH deal with questions from a wide range of research fields, such as structural biology, particle physics, materials science and science with ultra-short X-ray pulses. Data processing in these fields require modern data science techniques.

The goal of DASHH is to educate a future generation of data scientists. They will be able to meet the scientific challenges of tomorrow, which are associated with large-scale data-intensive experiments.

Partners of DASHH: Deutsches Elektronen- Synchrotron DESY, Hamburg University of Technology, University of Hamburg, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, Helmholtz Centre for Infectious Diseases, Max Planck Institute for Structure and Dynamics of Matter, European XFEL


Research areas   

Click here for a look on the topics of the current doctoral projects.



  • Close supervision and support by an interdisciplinary Supervisory Panel 
  • Basic research from particle physics to structural biology and materials science, integrating innovative approaches from computer science and mathematics
  • Opportunities to acquire the additionally required expertise through lectures at the partner universities UHH, TUHH and HSU
  • Regular exchange between DASHH PIs and doctoral students through regular seminars
  • Insights into current developments in the field of data science through a DASHH-initiated Data Science Colloquium
  • Possibility of research at world-leading large-scale research facilities (PETRA III, FLASH, European XFEL, LHC)
  • Courses for personal skills training and career development (transferable skills)
  • Excellent working conditions on the vibrant and inspiring DESY research campus in the new Science City Hamburg-Bahrenfeld
  • Further series of lectures on current research topics



Funding and duration of the program

The program extends over three years and offers full funding. The remuneration during the term corresponds to the tariff level E13 of the TVöD.


Application and further information

Up to twelve doctoral positions are available annually. DASHH location is Hamburg. The program language is English. The application phase for new interdisciplinary projects starts in September each year, and the selection process is in February of the following year.


Are you interested in advancing artificial intelligence and data science and thus unlocking the secrets of matter? Then apply to DASHH!



The following Helmholtz centers, partner universities and other partners are involved in DASHH:

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY)Universität Hamburg (UHH)Technische Universität Hamburg (TUHH), Helmut-Schmidt-Universität Hamburg (HSU)Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung (HZI)Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht – Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung (HZG)Max-Planck-Institut für Struktur und Dynamik der Materie (MPSD)European XFEL GmbH