Doctoral researchers @HZB

Being a doctoral researcher @HZB means being part of an international, multifaceted research organization that provides access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure and promotes networking and exchange within the Helmholtz Association and beyond.

HZB recognizes the specific needs and requirements relevant to the training of doctoral researchers and accordingly developed guidelines that contain a modern supervision concept. Central parts are transparent conditions for a good and comprehensive supervision as well as manifold measures to gain key competences. A doctorate @HZB aims at the achievement of excellent results under best possible conditions within a reasonable timeframe and at promoting the personal development of doctoral researchers.

Central contact point for all doctoral researchers is the office of the doctoral researchers coordination that also offers support for individual career planning.

Doctoral researchers can become a member in one of HZB’s graduate or research schools. Furthermore, numerous scientific and non-scientific qualification offers and programs are available throughout the whole year.

Doctoral degrees are conferred by HZBs partner universities according to their specific regulations. The university is usually chosen by the affiliation of the main supervisor.

Positions for doctoral researchers are regularly published on HZB's website.


Doctoral researchers coordination

The doctoral researchers coordination (DR coordination) is the contact point for all matters related to doing a doctorate at HZB. Doctoral researchers can turn to it with all their questions and issues. The DR also cooperates with the scientific supervisors and universities. Furthermore, it continuously advances the program for doctoral researchers @HZB and functions as interface to the HZB management and other HZB bodies.

Doctoral researchers representatives

The representatives of the doctoral researchers are doctoral researchers from both locations, Wannsee and Adlershof, and are elected once a year by all HZB doctoral researchers. They organize the yearly PhD retreat, the PhD day and the regular “Stammtisch” that offers the opportunity to get to know each other in an informal environment. Furthermore, they represent the interests of all doctoral researchers within the Scientific-Technical Council (WTR).  


Further informations to the topics mentioned above can be found here.

Further contact persons / Conflict management

In case of conflicts or problems that impair the working conditions or the quality of the doctorate, HZB doctoral researchers are requested to proactively look for solutions or support. The doctoral researchers coordination is available to all HZB doctoral researchers at any time and assists confidentially in finding suitable contact persons or points out further possibilities for solving conflicts.

The HZB ombuds persons located on both campuses offer consultation and mediation in case of disputes or issues in scientific conduct (e.g. authorship issues, suspicion of scientific misconduct etc.) and can be contacted by doctoral researchers at any time.

As well as the works council, the gender equality officer, the HZB Office for Work and Life (OWL), the members of the Department of Personnel and Social Matters or the anti-discrimination officer.