15 PhD Scholarships in Scientific Computing, Data Science and Physics – Germany

Applications are invited for 15 Fully Funded PhD Scholarship Positions in Interdisciplinary Scientific Computing, Data Science and Physics at Data Science in Hamburg – Helmholtz Graduate School for the Structure of Matter (DASHH), Germany.


Data Science in Hamburg – Helmholtz Graduate School for the Structure of Matter (DASHH) is a recently established, interdisciplinary graduate school that offers challenging PhD topics at the interface of the natural sciences, applied mathematics and data and computer science. DASHH involves several research institutions and universities in the multifaceted city of Hamburg, Germany.

DASHH is looking for excellent and highly qualified PhD applicants,
interested to work on data-driven research in Physics, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science or Structural Biology.

PhD Projects

Applicants can apply up to two PhD Research Projects of their choice:

  • Lensless X-Ray Microscopy at the Photon Limit
  • Workflows for reproducible computational science and data science
  • Cost-Effective High-Performance Simulation of Next Generation Light Sources
  • Scalable in situ visual analytics of multivariate volume data time series for materials science applications
  • Phase Retrieval in Imaging and Speech Enhancement
  • Dynamic protein pattern Recognition In Free-Electron Laser Experiments
  • Using Prior Knowledge for the Solution of Ill-Posed Inverse Problems in X-Ray Microscopy
  • Modeling x-ray superfluorescence by stochastic differential equations
  • Quantum Explorer – Pioneering Quantum Computing for Particle Physics and Computer Science
  • Model based simulation of dynamics in ferromagnetic nanostructures
  • Advanced Simulation Methodology for Optimizing Aerodynamic Lenses used for Single-Particle Diffractive Imaging
  • Water and Hydrocarbons in Confined Geometries: Correlating High Resolution X-ray Diffraction with Molecular Dynamics Simulation Data
  • Adaptive machine learning approximations for quantum simulations of hydrogen bond dynamics
  • Mixed Reality User Interfaces for Operating Particle Accelerators and Laser Facilities
  • Phase and Attenuation Retrieval for Propagation-Based Phase Contrast X-Ray Tomography


Successful applicants will receive the following benefits:

  • Leading interdisciplinary research between the Natural Sciences and Computer/Data Science or Applied Mathematics
  • Research at world leading large-scale research facilities (PETRA III, FLASH, European XFEL, LHC)
  • Attractive, interdisciplinary thesis topic
  • Excellent working conditions at a vibrant and inspiring research campus
  • Partnership with leading institutions and organisations such as: Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Universität Hamburg (UHH), Technische Universität Hamburg (TUHH), the Helmut-Schmidt Universität (HSU), the Institute of Materials Research of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), the department for Structural Infection Biology of the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research (HZI), the European XFEL GmbH and the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD)
  • Close supervision and support by a panel of established professors and scientists (consisting of a panel chair, a professor from the natural sciences and a professor from information/computer/mathematical science)
  • Transferable skills and career development
  • Three year full-time work contract at the level of the German TV-L13 salary scheme
  • Friendly and international work environment


To be eligible for PhD Scholarships, an applicant must have:

  • A Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or Natural Sciences
  • Preferably with an interdisciplinary training at the interface of natural and computer science or mathematics
  • Degrees from foreign universities and master degrees in non-research oriented study programs (Fachhochschule) might be eligible
  • Adequate English language proficiency


To apply for 15 PhD Scholarships in Scientific Computing, Data Science and Physics, an applicant must submit following documents with application:

  • Letter of Application (Why are you interested in this study program? What are your current research interests? In English, maximum 02 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae with relevant credentials, qualifications and list of publications (in English, maximum 02 pages)
  • Certificates of your Master and Bachelor Degrees (We accept degrees in German or English language, or certified and notarised translations of your degree)
  • Transcript of Records (in German or English, or certified and notarised translations thereof)
  • Abstract of your Bachelor and Master thesis (in German or English)
  • Proof of adequate English proficiency 
  • Summary of computer-science skills (Please comment on your experience with scientific software, in programming and in software development. Maximum 01 page)
  • Letter of recommendation from your official Master thesis advisor (to be uploaded by you) and optionally a second letter of recommendation (by one of your professors, or previous employers or supervisors)
  • Contact Information of your Master thesis advisor and a second reference, that you authorise to being contacted by our selection committee to investigate your past scientific and professional activities and academic performance by submitting your application.

Scholarships link

Publish Date:
Institute Name: Data Science in Hamburg - Helmholtz Graduate School for the Structure of Matter
Degree/Course: PhD
Deadline: December 01, 2019
Country: Germany
Course Start: March 01, 2020
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