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PhD Student (m/f/d) (194/22)

closing date:
January 15, 2023
start of work:
earliest possible
hours of work:
part time

Our offer

Today, the RKI is Germany’s national public health institute. It employs more than 1,300 people from over 50 nations, provides excellent research infrastructure and pursues a modern approach to its scientific work.

We are looking for a new team member for our new “Centre for Artificial Intelligence in Public Health Research” (ZKI-PH) in Wildau (subject to availability of funds). Join the Robert Koch Institute - one of Germany’s largest departmental (governmental) research institutions.

PhD Student (m/f/d)
up to salary group 13 TVöD)

We look forward to meeting you!

Job Title

PhD Student


Scientific research activity in the field of Artificial Intelligence for Public Health, in particular:

  • Independently work on exciting research projects at the interface of AI and Public Health, e.g. in one of the following areas:

    • Basic AI research in Public Health; AI applications for society.
  • Cross-departmental collaboration with colleagues at the Robert Koch Institute to combine and extend the expertise traditionally
    anchored at the RKI in the study of infectious and non-communicable diseases with artificial intelligence methods, e.g., through

    • Comprehensive analysis of disease dynamics; further development of early warning systems; risk assessment of pathogens;
      optimization of disease burden calculations;
    • Visualization of complex relationships, Big Data analyses, and pattern recognition of complex public health data.
  • Data management, data linkage, algorithm/method development, and quality assurance of this work
  • Participation in the supervision of master's students

Preparation of scientific reports and publications

  • Preparation of project and research reports
  • Publication of research results in national and international journals
  • Presentation of research results at national and international congresses

Your profile

Formal requirements

  • Completed scientific university studies (e.g., university diploma, master's degree) in the field of data science, machine learning,
    public health, or a related field.

For foreign educational qualifications, we require proof of equivalence with a German degree.

Knowledge and experience:

  • relevant in the field of Data Science and Machine Learning
  • Proven experience in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Data Science in the application
    field of ZKI-PH
  • Very good knowledge in quantitative data analysis and practical experience in dealing with complex data bodies in common
    programming and scripting languages (e.g., Python and R)

Additionally desirable:

  • Knowledge or experience in the specialized fields of the Robert Koch Institute and/or public health research
  • Experience in presenting complex (scientific) topics in a comprehensible way
  • Initial experience in scientific presentation of research results

Further requirements

  • Language skills English at least C1, preferably C2, German at least A2 or willingness to acquire further German skills as soon as possible in order to be able to communicate effectively in the working environment
  • List of publications and list of previous/ongoing externally funded projects with funding details

The successful applicant will have:

  • Ability to learn and willingness to always keep your own knowledge up to date
  • Willingness to innovate and an open approach to new developments
  • Independence and a self-reliant way of working, characterized by a high degree of initiative and sense of responsibility
  • Ability to cooperate and work in a team to achieve common results
  • Service orientation and the ability to adapt to the needs of the counterpart
  • Reliability through adherence to agreements and on-time, high-quality work

The benefits we offer you

A CLEAR PURPOSE: We offer you a job that actually matters. As Germany’s most important Public Health Institute, we can have a big impact at the RKI.

COOPERATION IS KEY: In our line of work, we can’t do without teamwork. That is why we attach great importance to respectful communication and an open feedback culture.

FLEXIBLE WORKING ARRANGEMENTS: Times are changing and so is the RKI: we offer individualised, flexible working time models and are increasingly focusing on mobile working.

VACATIONS AND SABBATICALS: At the RKI you’re offered 30 paid leave days each year and have the possibility, if necessary, to take a sabbatical and leave work for longer.

WORK, FAMILY AND MORE: We take care of each other, create working conditions that are suitable for all the different phases of life and respond to the needs of our employees.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS: Team sports, relaxation courses or a cinema club, we’ve got it all. Furthermore, we regularly host all kinds of events – both work-related and informal ones.

TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS: We want you to grow with us. That’s why we support your professional, academic and personal development with all the means at our disposal.

MODERN EQUIPMENT AND A TRANSIT PASS: Here, at the RKI, you can focus on your work. We offer state-of-the-art equipment and a transit pass, to facilitate your research and administrative work.

The RKI is located in Berlin – Germany’s vibrant, multicultural capital in the heart of Europe. The Institute’s facilities are set in the environment of a clean, green city that is home to first class art, historical and science museums and well-known theatres. Public transit links to other districts and the surrounding countryside are excellent.

You’re looking for a new challenge?

Become part of the RKI! We are looking forward to meeting you!

We’re committed to offering equal opportunities in employment and welcome all people in all dimensions of diversity. That is why we guarantee workplace equality. Disabled candidates with the same qualifications and suitability will be given hiring preference. Within the scope of its supervisory powers, the Federal Ministry of Health may examine application documents on a case-by-case basis. Your data will be deleted after the application procedure has been completed.

Application procedure

Submit your application via the public service job portal Interamt at

Reference number 890789 / 194/22
Deadline 15.01.2023
Contract type: temporary (3 years)
Remuneration: up to E 13 TVöD
Location: Wildau (close to Berlin)
Further information: