Helmholtz Zentrum München is a research center with the mission to discover personalized medical solutions for the prevention and therapy of environmentally triggered diseases and promote a healthier society in a rapidly changing world.

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 disease kinetics, mining electronic health records, developing new drugs and treatments, analysing biomedical images, and integrating multi-omics data for precision medicine. Join us to drive biomedical discovery and build solutions that transform the future of medicine.

Our group is embedded in a thriving ML community in and around Munich with close connections to the Technical University of Munich (TUM, which will be the degree-granting University) and the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (LMU). We are part of the Munich ELLIS unit and maintain collaborations with renowned researchers worldwide.

For the new research group (‘AIDOS LAB’) headed by Bastian Rieck, we are currently looking for

Ph.D. candidates (f/m/x) in
Geometrical and Topological Machine Learning 101132

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To fully understand complex phenomena in the sciences it is necessary to analyse data not only at a single scale but at multiple scales. The complex interplay of geometry (focusing on individual structures in data) and topology (focusing on the overall ‘shape’ of data) leads to greater insights, accelerates scientific discovery, and ultimately helps us achieve more comprehensive descriptions of highly complex systems.

Our group develops novel methods that leverage recent advances in geometrical and topological machine learning in order to address pressing challenges in biomedicine and healthcare.

We are not just interested in improving the state of the art - we want to understand and improve the predictive performance of modern machine learning models in order to increase their robustness and reliability. To learn more about our group, please visit, or the website of the lab.


Your application should consist of a single PDF file containing:

  • A curriculum vitae (including any research outputs and, optionally, the contact details of two referees)
  • A motivation letter (max. 1 page) that details why you are interested in this position and briefly discusses your long-term research vision
  • Relevant transcripts from your studies (such as diploma/degree certificates)

The starting date is envisaged to be early 2022.

What Awaits You

As a member of our group, you will be able to conduct both foundational machine learning research and pursue practical applications in a highly interdisciplinary setting. Regardless of whether you are more interested in theory or in practice, you will have plenty of flexibility to choose your research projects according to your preferences.

We can offer you an exciting mixture of creative thinking and brainstorming, literature research, mathematical discussions, followed by actually implementing and reifying your ideas. Our research addresses real-world challenges while resting on firm theoretical foundations.

If you are a creative thinker with unorthodox ideas, you will fit right in! We are located at the Helmholtz Center Munich, which focuses broadly on health and biomedical applications. It provides a fantastic environment to tackle scientifically and socially relevant questions in the context of ML for healthcare.

Your qualifications

    • M.Sc (or comparable degree) in mathematics, computer science, statistics, physics, bioinformatics, or a related area
    • Strong mathematical abilities as well as some coding experience
    • An interest in continuous learning and impactful applications

    What we offer you

    scientific training at MUDS Graduate School
    work-life balance
    flexible working hours
    30 days annual leave
    on-site health management service
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    This position also provides the opportunity for you to build specialist knowledge and collect significant professional experience, both of which will help advance your scientific career.

    Remuneration and social benefits are based on the collective wage agreement for public-sector employees at federal level (EG 13 75% TV EntgO Bund). The position is (initially) limited to three years, but under certain circumstances an extension can be arranged.

    To promote diversity, we welcome applications from talented people regardless of cultural background, nationality, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity, physical abilities, religion and age until 31 Oct 2021. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.
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    For enquiries on the available projects, please contact Dr Rieck ( directly. For administrative inquiries, please contact Meike-Jana Kalb (

    Helmholtz Zentrum München
    Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
    Institute of AI for Health
    Ingolstädter Landstraße 1

    D-85764 Neuherberg

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