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Data Science in Hamburg - Helmholtz Graduate School for the Structure of Matter (DASHH)

Data Science in Hamburg - Helmholtz Graduate School for the Structure of Matter (DASHH) is an interdisciplinary graduate school offering challenging PhD topics at the interface of the natural sciences, applied mathematics, and computer science.

Harnessing large-scale facility data

In all DASHH projects, the common goal is to harness data by applying computer science and applied mathematics to advance and broaden our understanding of nature. To this end, DASHH is a collaborative effort of the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), the Universität Hamburg (UHH), the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), the Helmut-Schmidt-University (HSU), the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon (Hereon), the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI), the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD), the European XFEL (EuXFEL), and the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW). DASHH’s research topics cover challenges in the areas of computational chemistry, structural biology, particle physics, engineering, material science and ultrafast x-ray science. They are to be solved in cooperation with researchers from various mathematical and computational fields, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, data engineering and management, numerical and discrete optimization and approximation, software and systems engineering, signal and image processing, human-computer interactions and computer vision as well as interdisciplinary fields like bio- and cheminformatics.


  • A DASHH supervision panel of principal investigators in the respective fields and a panel chair ensures the successful implementation of the project.

  • The scientific program of DASHH’s partner universities and comprehensive data science courses support the start into the interdisciplinary topics.

  • The doctoral researchers can network at a regular PhD Seminar. 

  • DASHH’s monthly Data Science Colloquium inviting internationally renowned researchers offers exchange across institutions. It is open to all partner institutions and Helmholtz Centers.

  • In Hamburg, the doctoral researchers have access to a broad setup of transferable skills courses offered by the Hamburg Research Academy, the MIN Graduate School, the PIER Education Platform, DASHH, and other Helmholtz Information & Data Science Schools.

  • Additional exchange programs, trainings and events offered by the Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy enable further (international) exchange with data scientists and collaborations.

Data science networks across Hamburg

DASHH is one cornerstone of a quickly developing data science environment in the metropolitan area of Hamburg. DASHH is strengthening the Hamburg research landscape connecting motivated data scientists with researchers in physics, biology, and engineering throughout the Hamburg research institutions. To this end DASHH is collaborating with the Alliance of Hamburg Universities for Computer Science (ahoi.digital), the Center for Data and Computing in Natural Sciences (CDCS), the Leibniz ScienceCampus InterACt (LSC InterACt) and the Machine Learning in Engineering Initiative of the TUHH (MLE@TUHH).

Funding and duration of the program

DASHH offers a three-year full-time employment contracts at the level of the German E 13 salary scheme. Each year in September, DASHH calls for applications for up to 14 PhD positions in challenging interdisciplinary research projects.

Learn more: https://www.dashh.org/ 

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