PhD student (Medical Informatics)

Within the interdisciplinary research project FeatureCloud (, the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science – Bioinformatics Group, Prof. Dr. Dominik Heider, offers a position as

Research Assistant (Ph.D. student)

The open Ph.D. position is an integral part of the European FeatureCloud project. The primary objective of FeatureCloud is a novel kind of medical data mining technology that – unlike existing approaches – will employ privacy-preserving federated machine learning to integrate local AI globally without the need for any transfer of primary medical data. It will allow you to work in a vibrant bioinformatics research environment with national and international collaborations in Medicine, Pharmacology, Psychiatry, Biology and other related research areas. Moreover, you will be able to advance your knowledge in the areas of bioinformatics, machine learning as well as systems medicine. You will learn to employ these novel technologies to biomedical data, such as genomics, transcriptomics or metabolomics, within the scope of interesting, clinically relevant studies. We will encourage your personal development and the project will enable many research directions within the field of bioinformatics.

More information about the project and publications you can be found here:

Experience in machine learning, medical informatics, federated models, or regulatory aspects of the software as a medical device is a plus. We expect the candidate to have a Master’s in computer science, bioinformatics, medical informatics, data science, statistics or a similar field, good programming skills, and the willingness to work in an interdisciplinary collaborative project together with partners from different areas. Disposition to own scientific qualification (e.g. a doctorate project in the area bioinformatics) is expected. We actively support the professional development of junior researchers, e.g., by the offers of Marburg Research Academy (MARA), the International Office, and the Human Resources Development Office.

The position is offered for a period of 3 years, if no former times of qualification must be considered. The salary and benefits commensurate with a public service position in the state Hesse, Germany (TV-H E13, 65 %).

The University of Marburg is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Applicants with children are welcome – Philipps-University is certified as a family-friendly university.

Please send your application, including motivation letter, cv, and certificates with reference number PHD-MED as subject to by 31.01.2020 at the latest.

Written by: Anne-Christin Hauschild