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Helmholtz School for Data Science in Life, Earth and Energy (HDS-LEE)

The aim of the Helmholtz School for Data Science in Life, Earth and Energy (HDS-LEE) is to educate and train the next generation of data scientists in close contact to domain-specific knowledge and research in three application domains: Life and medical science, Earth science, Energy systems and material science.

The graduate school is located in the ABCD (Aachen-Bonn-Cologne-Düsseldorf) triangle of North-Rhine-Westphalia. It provides an interdisciplinary environment for training the next generation of data scientists in close contact with domain-specific knowledge and research.


The HDS-LEE structured doctoral program aims at excellent graduates of mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and engineering from all over the world. The doctoral researchers at HDS-LEE want to advance the development of data science methods as well as use state-of-the-art technologies of artificial intelligence and machine learning to solve challenging scientific problems.

In the program, doctoral researchers are trained in all essential areas of information and data sciences as well as in communication and other key qualifications. The training components of the program are strengthened by individually tailored training measures at the lich Supercomputing Center (JSC).

Selection of current doctoral projects


  • Supervision by an interdisciplinary Thesis Advisory Committee

  • Mandatory lecture “Data Science Methods and Applications”

  • Courses for scientific education, including training days at the Jülich Supercomputing Center (JSC) on topics such as parallel computing, machine learning and visualization

  • Transferable skill courses: Scientific Writing, Academic Presentation, Good Scientific Practice and Management of a doctoral project

  • Annual retreat

  • Participation in (international) conferences

  • Personal competence training and comprehensive support measures for networking and career development

  • As a member of the Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy (HIDA), HDS-LEE doctoral researchers have access to a series of attractive events, including hackathons, career days, symposia, and lectures. Moreover, they can complete research stays at a national and international level

Research Network

Partners of the HDS-LEE are the universities of Aachen (RWTH) and Cologne (UoC), German Aerospace Center (DLR), Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (MPIE), and Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ). It is also part of the newly established JARA Center for Simulation and Data Science, the German competence center for computational and data infrastructures, user support, and methodological and disciplinary research in simulation, data analysis, and high-performance computing technologies. JARA is a unique cooperation between Helmholtz Research Center Jülich and RWTH Aachen University with strong international visibility.

Funding and Duration of the Program

The program extends over 3 years and offers full funding. The remuneration during the term corresponds to the tariff level E13 of the TVöD/TV-L.

Learn more: https://www.hds-lee.de/ 

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