Young Investigator Group Leader (f/m/d) in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Helmholtz Zentrum München - Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
collective salary agreement
October 14 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Other Corporate

As German Research Center for Environmental Health, Helmholtz Zentrum München pursues the goal of developing personalized medical approaches for the prevention and therapy of major common diseases such as diabetes mellitus, allergies and lung diseases. To achieve this, it investigates the interaction of genetics, environmental factors and lifestyle.

Germany’s largest research organization, the Helmholtz Association, launches Helmholtz AI: This dedicated, interdisciplinary platform will compile, develop, foster and promote applied artificial intelligence (AI) methods nationwide for all Helmholtz centers in collaboration with its external and university partners. Its Central Unit is currently being implemented in Munich, one of Germany's major hubs for applied AI, at the Helmholtz Center Munich.

Fresh knowledge and ideas drive the success of our research programme. With Helmholtz AI, the Helmholtz Association now has the unique opportunity to leverage its broad and large data sets across many fields with analysis expertise to answer questions with societal impact. We are inviting applications for

Young Investigator Group Leader (f/m/d) in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning 2019/0353

Your opportunity

Potential focus areas could be algorithmic machine learning, big data integration, data assimilation and model-based machine learning, explainable AI and computer vision. We're interested in receiving applications from people with a PhD and postdoc experience who want to address important applied AI/ML questions in our creative, multidisciplinary and collaborative environment. Successful candidates are expected to take this opportunity to actively shape the innovative and rapidly developing research field of AI/ML in Munich and beyond and should establish themselves as leading focal points in the field. 

In order to encourage bold and unconventional ideas, we prize the ambitious and vigorous pursuit of new approaches over incremental successes.

Your profile

Young Investigator Group Leader must hold a PhD, have international experience, should be highly motivated and innovative with an outstanding track-record in the field of machine learning, causal inference, computer vision, artificial intelligence, data science and/or data analytics. Demonstrable leadership experience, e.g. group supervision and management, including successful raising of extramural research funding, as well as business, entrepreneurial start-up and industry experience are considered an asset.

What we offer you

At we pursue scientific excellence, innovation and impact. With a competitive starting package, this is your opportunity to be an active part of and to advance your career in a world-leading institution, establishing your research group in a vibrant and excellent AI community with one of the biggest data treasures in Germany. The highly international, multidisciplinary environment provides the right set of circumstances for professional growth, collaboration and to expand based on external grants.

Remuneration and benefits are in accordance with the collective salary agreement for the public service (TV EntgO Bund). The successful candidates will be offered a competitive startup and running package, including staff. The position is initially limited to five years, with a tenure track option based on evaluations planned.

Situated on the foothills of the Alps, Munich is consistently ranked as one of the most vibrant and enjoyable cities in the world, with an exceptional quality of life. Greater Munich is also home to several world-class universities and research institutes, creating a truly inspiring intellectual atmosphere. With the help of extensive and goal-orientated professional development measures and career-building programmes we encourage you to grow as a person. To ensure a good work/life balance we assist you with flexible working hours, in-house health management, a nursery, and an “Elder Care” concept as well as other consultation and support options.

As a holder of the Total E-Quality Award, we promote equality of opportunity. In order to increase the proportion of women in management positions, we would be pleased to receive corresponding applications. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.

Curious? If you have further questions, simply contact Dr. Angela Jurik-Zeiller on +49 89 3187-3980Meike-Jana Kalb on +49 89 3187 3996 or send a email to, who will be happy to be of assistance.

Your application

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive online application via the 'Apply' button. The application should be a single PDF file containing a curriculum vitae, a list of publications (highlighting up to three and briefly elaborating on their importance), the names and contact details of three referees, a brief description (2 to 4 pages) of past achievements and a detailed description (max. 5 pages) of future research plans. Please use our online submission system.

Interviews will be scheduled for 16 and 17 December 2019. More information about Helmholtz AI is available at

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive online application until 15th November 2019.

Angela Jurik-Zeiller

Helmholtz Zentrum München
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
Helmholtz Artificial Intelligence Cooperation Unit (HAICU)
Ingolstädter Landstraße 1

85764 Neuherberg near Munich

The Helmholtz Zentrum München is part of the Helmholtz Association, Germany's largest scientific organization. Altogether 40 000 people currently work in its 19 scientific-technical and biological-medical research centers. The Association's annual budget amounts to around 4.7 billion Euros.