Doctoral Prize

The Helmholtz Association aims to support talented researchers at an early stage of their career and wants to encourage them to continue working in research. For this reason, the Helmholtz Association is awarding doctoral prizes, which honor academic achievements and serve as an incentive to remain in academia.

The prize is awarded annually, one for each of the six Helmholtz research fields. Successful candidates receive a one-time cash prize of €5,000 as well as a stipend of €2,000 per month for travel and accommodation expenses to support a research visit of up to six months at an international research institution.
 

Nominations are submitted by the Boards of Directors of the Helmholtz Centers.


Prize Winners 2018

Helmholtz-Doktorandenpreis 2018

Dr.-Ing. Antoine B. Jacquey
Research field Energy
Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Antoine Jacquey’s work has contributed greatly to improving numerical descriptions of the physical conditions in geological reservoirs. The decisive improvement was his development of new tools that three-dimensionally observe both the heterogeneities below the surface caused by geological factors and the physical processes taking place there.

Dr. Sinikka Lennartz
Research field Earth and Environment
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

In her thesis, Sinikka Lennartz has investigated marine emissions of climate-relevant sulfur gases and found that these sulfur emissions are lower than previously assumed. Their results help to integrate ocean emissions into climate models more efficiently and to improve climate forecasts.

Dr. Ann-Christin Baranski
Research field Health
German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)

Ann-Christin Baranski focused her work on the development of a very promising medication for bimodal imaging and robot-assisted removal of primary tumors and prostate cancer metastases that is suitable for direct clinical use.

Dr.-Ing. Daniel Leidner
Research field Aeronautics, Space, and Transport
German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Daniel Leidner thesis involved the improvement of the cognitive abilities of service robots so that they can perform their assigned tasks independently. Robots like "Rollin' Justin" are thus transformed from mere tools into full-fledged work colleagues. These systems are to be used, among other things, in future space missions.

Dr. Oleg Gorobtsov
Research field Matter
DESY German electron synchrotron

Oleg Gorobtsov’s thesis involved the development of novel concepts for harnessing the coherence of hard X-rays. He used an extremely original approach to show how these concepts could be used in the X-ray range to analyze data and develop new kinds of instruments.

Dr.-Ing. Alexandra Amherd Hidalgo
Research field Key Technologies
Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Centre for Materials and Coastal Research

Alexandra Amherd Hidalgo’s work provided new insights into the use of titanium alloys and their powder processing of such alloys. The studies she conducted made a significant contribution to the potential use of a cost-saving production technology for highly stressed components used in industries such as aeronautics and medicine.

Previous Prize Winners

Prize Winners 2017

Helmholtz Doctoral Prize 2017

Benjamin Korth
Research Field Energy
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ)

"On the thermodynamics of electroactive microorganisms"

Emma Järvinen
Research Field Earth and Environment
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

"Investigations of Angular Light Scattering by Complex Atmospheric particles"

Laleh Haghverdi
Research Field Health
Helmholtz Zentrum München

"Geometric Diffusions for Reconstruction of Cell Differentiation Dynamics" 

Estefania Munoz Diaz
Research Field Aeronautics, Space and Transport
Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)

"Inertial Navigation System for Pedestrians"

Johann Haber
Research Field Matter
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY

"Hard X-ray Quantum Optics in Thin-Film Nanostructures"

Christoph Bäumer
Research Field Key Technologies
Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ)

"Spectroscopic characterization of local valence change processes in resistively switching complex metal oxides"

Helmholtz Doctoral Prize Winners 2016

Dr. Tobias Vogt
Research Field Energy
Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)

Dr. Corinna Breusing
Research Field Earth and Environment
GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel

Véronique Gebala
Research Field Health
Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft (MDC)

Dr. Katharina Otto
Research Field Aeronautics, Space and Transport
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)

Wolfgang Gregor Hollik
Research Field Matter
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

Dr. Torsten Rieger
Research Field Key Technologies
Forschungszentrum Jülich

Helmholtz Doctoral Prize Winners 2015

Matthias M. May
Research Field Energy
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin

Dr. Clara J.M. Hoppe
Research Field Earth and Environment
Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung (AWI)

Dr. Volker Hovestadt
Research Field Health
Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum

Michael Kühn
Research Field Key Technologies
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

Benjamin Schmidt
Research Field Matter
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

Helmholtz Doctoral Prize Winners 2013

Dr. rer. nat. David Fellhauer
Research Field Energy
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

Dr. rer. nat. Sebastian D. Rokitta
Research Field Earth and Environment
Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung (AWI)

Dr. rer. nat. Jan Krumsiek
Research Field Health
Helmholtz Zentrum München

Dr. Anja Bauermeister
Research Field Aeronautics, Space and Transport
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)

Dr.-lng. Lena Lore Hecht
Research Field Key Technologies
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

Dr. Stefan Ulf Pabst
Research Field Matter
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY

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