Helmholtz Information & Data Science School for Health



Tomorrow's medicine needs Data Scientists: Research today at HIDSS4Health and help develop the health trends of the future


Three renowned institutions are involved in the Helmholtz Information & Data Science School for Health (HIDSS4Health): the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the University of Heidelberg. Here, more than 40 research groups with a unique research spectrum offer an ideal starting point for solving central challenges in the field of health.

„I love how interdisciplinary it is here. Even though it has become something of a buzzword, the interplay between multiple disciplines is in fact an everyday reality in my PhD.“

Alexandra Walter

At HIDSS4Health, Alexandra Walter uses data and artificial intelligence to try making radiotherapy even more precise.


The goal of HIDSS4Health is to train and promote the best young talents at the interface between Data Science and health. HIDSS4Health offers a structured doctoral program with close integration into an interdisciplinary network of leading scientists from both the data and life sciences.

Partners of HIDSS4Health: the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the German Cancer Research Center Heidelberg and the University of Heidelberg

Research areas

  • Imaging & Diagnostics
  • Surgery & Intervention 4.0
  • Models for Personalized Medicine

Selection of current doctoral projects



  • Supervision: Intensive feedback and advice throughout the entire duration of the project by an interdisciplinary Thesis Advisory Committee
  • Course offerings: interdisciplinary introductory course "Data Science & Health" and lecture "Advanced Topics in Data Science & Health", opportunity to take advantage of a wide range of specialization courses with a data and/or life science orientation
  • International exchange opportunities: a financed mobility phase of about three months either at a leading international university or at a foreign (partner) institution
  • Summer School: Use networking and further education opportunities at one of the summer schools organized by HIDA
  • Personal competence training (e.g. courses on leadership, language, publishing in scientific journals, project management, presentation) and comprehensive support regarding internationalization, networking and career development
  • Interdisciplinary work with other doctoral students on Cross Theme Topics
  • Certificate of completion as "Data Scientist" with a confirmation of specialization in the health-related application area


Funding and duration of the program

The program will run for three years and offers full funding. The remuneration during the term of the program corresponds to the tariff level E13 of the TVöD or TV-L (depending on the institution where the employment takes place).


Application & further information

Each year, up to eight doctoral researchers can start the program. The research areas are located in Karlsruhe and Heidelberg. All courses are in English. The program starts every winter semester; the application phase takes place annually in January/February.


Are you interested in bringing artificial intelligence and data science to the forefront of health research? Then apply to HIDSS4Health!



The following institutions are involved in HIDSS4Health:

Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), German Cancer Research Center of the Helmholtz Association (DKFZ)University of Heidelberg