PhD Students

We are looking for:

  • inherent curiosity and extraordinary drive to explore and learn
  • high engagement and ability to work independently
  • strong intrinsic motivation and interest in applying and developing machine learning methods in high-impact application scenarios like (bio-)medicine and environmental change
  • graduate degree (Diplom, master, etc.) in fields like computer science, mathematics, physics, computational biology, medicine, or comparable
  • affinity to coding or willingness to learn outside of regular working hours
  • optimally
    • experience in applying or developing statistics or machine learning methods
    • practical experience in project work and/or publishing academic papers

What you will be doing:

  • Research in data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence in application settings like (bio-)medicine and environmental change with the goal to gain a doctorate/PhD
  • Application and development of methods ranging from multi-modal learning, deep learning, Bayesian modeling, and exceptional model mining to explainable artificial intelligence, fairness and human computer interaction
  • Collaborative work with international partners like Stanford, UC San Diego, oder UNC Chapel Hill
  • Publishing academic articles in national and international renowned venues
  • Engagement in academic self-governance, organizing and running academic events, support of student organizations, etc.
  • Involvement in teaching activities (seminars, tutorials, grading, etc); roughly 4 hours a week


  • a friendly, supportive, team-oriented, and inclusive work environment with highly motivated colleagues
  • international network including universities like Stanford, UC San Diego, or UNC Chapel Hill
  • fully funded position (PhD students: temporary appointment for three years); TVL-E13, 40 hrs/week, this is far beyond international standards (> EUR 50k) and includes health insurance, a retirement plan, and more!
  • flexible work hours
  • 30 paid vacation days
  • health and family support provided by the university
  • a multitude of educational programs
  • discounted university sports


We are really looking forward to your application! The current application deadline is October 15th, 2023. The earliest start date is November 1st, 2023. Please apply via the application portal of the University of Rostock. Please including the following as a single PDF:

  • cover letter (max. 1-2 page) detailing
    • tell us how motivated you are and it will be awesome to have you around :)
    • why our lab is interesting to you
  • CV including
    • potential previous projects, industry experience, etc.
    • two contacts for potential recommendations (e.g., your bachelor and master thesis advisors)
  • grade transcript
  • anything else you would like to share 😄

Note: Please check the official call. Due to state regulation some position may require you to be proficient at speaking German 🇩🇪.