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Helmholtz Einstein International Berlin Research School in Data Science (HEIBRiDS)

HEIBRIDS is a joint graduate program in Data Science, launched by the Helmholtz Association and the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF). It is an interdisciplinary program that trains young scientists in Data Science applications across a wide range of natural science domains, including Earth & Environment, Astronomy, Space & Planetary Research, Geosciences, Materials & Energy, and Molecular Medicine. HEIBRIDS‘ goal is to educate a new generation of researchers who are skilled data scientists that understand the demands and challenges of the disciplines in which data science has become essential.

HEIBRiDS brings together six Helmholtz Centers and four ECDF university partners, with 25 fully-funded PhD projects in Data Management, Machine Learning and Deep Learning, Imaging, Mathematical Modeling, and High-throughput Data Analytics. The training program employs the cotutelle training principle, with one supervisor from a Helmholtz partner and one from an ECDF partner.


  • The HEIBRiDS curriculum is individually designed according to the research profile and needs of the respective doctoral researcher. 

  • The curriculum includes a combination of scientific and transferable skills courses, annual meetings with the Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) and participation in research communication and outreach activities.

  • HEIBRiDS Retreat: Presentation of one's own research project and feedback from the program PIs at the annual HEIBRiDS Retreat.

  • As a member of the Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy (HIDA), HEIBRiDS doctoral researchers have access to a series of attractive events, including hackathons, Career Days, symposia, and lectures, as well as research stays in Germany or abroad.

  • Participation in (international) conferences.

Research Network

The Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB), and the Max-Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) are among the collaborating Helmholtz Centers. The program's ECDF partners include Freie Universität Berlin (FU), Humboldt-Universität Berlin (HU), Technische Universität Berlin (TU), and Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

Funding and Duration of the Program

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

Learn more: https://www.heibrids.berlin/ 

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