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Helmholtz Information & Data Science School for Health (HIDSS4Health)

Tomorrow's medicine needs data scientists. Researchers at the Helmholtz Information & Data Science School for Health (HIDSS4Health) today are helping to develop the health trends of the future.

Unique research network for medicine

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 Heidelberg University. More than 40 research groups with a unique research spectrum in data and life sciences offer an optimal starting point to solve central challenges in the field of health.


  • An interdisciplinary Thesis Advisory Committee ensures intensive feedback and guidance throughout the doctoral program

  • Doctoral researchers participate in the interdisciplinary introductory course "Data Science & Health" and the lecture "Advanced Topics in Data Science & Health" co-designed by doctoral students, and in addition have the opportunity to take a wide range of specialization courses with data and/or life science focus

  • A mobility period of about three months is funded, which can take place either at a leading international university or foreign (partner) institution

  • Doctoral researchers can take advantage of networking and professional development opportunities at the Summer Schools organized by the Helmholtz Information and Data Science Academy (HIDA)

  • HIDSS4Health offers doctoral students personal skills training (e.g. courses on leadership, language skills, publishing in scientific journals, project management, presentation skills) and comprehensive support regarding internationalization, networking and career development

  • Doctoral students have the opportunity to work on Cross Theme Topics together with other doctoral students in an interdisciplinary way

  • After completing the program, HIDSS4Health doctoral students receive a certificate as a "Data Scientist" with confirmation of specialization in the health-related application area

Funding and duration of the program

The doctoral program runs over three years. All positions are fully-funded (e.g. “E13” TVöD or TV-L positions under applicable regulations of the participating institutions)

Application & further information

Each year, up to eight doctoral students can be accepted into the program at Karlsruhe and Heidelberg. The program starts with each winter semester, with the application phase taking place annually in January/February. The course program takes place entirely in English.

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