PhD candidate – Institute of AI for Health (f/m/x)


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We are Helmholtz Munich. In a rapidly changing world, we discover breakthrough solutions for better health.

Our research is focused within the areas of metabolic health/diabetes, environmental health, molecular targets and therapies, cell programming and repair, bioengineering, and computational health. We particularly excel in the fields of basic research, bioengineering, artificial intelligence, and technological development.

Through this research, we build the foundations for medical innovation. Together with our partners, we seek to accelerate the transfer of our research, so that laboratory ideas can reach society and improve people’s quality of life at the fastest rate possible.

This is what drives us. Why not join us and make a difference?

The Institute of AI for Health develops solutions for digital health challenges. As an emerging European hub for applied artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), we aim at modeling large-scale, high throughput biomedical data, developing new drugs and treatments, and integrating multi-omics data for precision medicine.

The lab of Prof. Ewa Szczurek is looking for PhD candidates with a keen interest in joining a multidisciplinary team in the field of computational medicine. Our team works on projects involving  generative AI for design of antimicrobial peptides, as well as processing, analysis, and modeling of state-of-the-art single-cell omics and spatial data, with applications to pulmonary diseases or oncology.

Prof. Matthias Tschöp (Dr. Med., Dr. hc.), CEO of Helmholtz Munich:

"We believe that excellent research requires a range of different perspectives. Diverse teams reach better solutions and are more innovative in their research topics.

Establishing our Diversity Management Strategy demonstrates our commitment to ensuring an appreciative company culture based on mutual respect. We are also implementing diversity-sensitive processes throughout our whole organization."

Your tasks

A particular focus of the offered PhD positions will be on novel artificial intelligence methods for antimicrobial peptide design. The projects involve strong collaborations with international experimental partners. The PhD students will receive supervision in both AI and peptide design expertise and will be embedded in a highly supportive, communicative team. Both positions are funded by the prestigious ERC Consolidator grant DOG-AMP.

Your profile

  • Masters in computer science, AI, bioinformatics, biostatistics, or a related field.
  • Expertise in generative AI or probabilistic models, Bayesian statistics.
  • Strong programming skills combined with a mathematical mindset.
  • Interest in addressing clinical and biomedical questions.



Since 2005, we hold the TOTAL E-QUALITY award for exemplary action in the sense of an equal-opportunity organizational culture.

Helmholtz Munich is actively committed to diversity and inclusion in practice and is sustainably committed to equality.

The Diversity Charter has set itself the goal of promoting diversity in the world of work. By signing the charter, we commit ourselves to create an appreciative working environment for all employees.


This position provides the opportunity for you to build specialist knowledge whilst developing key professional experience, both of which will help you to make strides in your scientific career.

Remuneration and social security benefits are based on the German Collective Wage Agreement for Public-Sector Employees at Federal Level (EG 13 50% TV EntgO Bund). In addition, there is also the possibility of receiving an allowance of additional 25% if the applicable conditions are met. The position has an (initial) fixed term of three years but may be extended under certain circumstances.

We are committed to promoting a culture of diversity and welcome applications from talented people regardless of gender, cultural background, nationality, ethnicity, sexual identity, physical abilities, religion or age. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference. If you have obtained a university degree abroad, we will require further documents from you regarding the comparability of your degree. Please request the Statement of Comparability for Foreign Higher Education Qualifications as early as possible.


Interested in applying?

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Ewa Szczurek,, who will be happy to help.

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