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Helmholtz Association Careers


Helmholtz Association of German Research


Bonn, Germany

Job Type

Full & Part time


Open all the year.

About us :

The Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers is the largest scientific organization in Germany, with approximately 34,000 employees and a budget of approximately 4.5 billion euros. It is a public-private partnership that conducts research in various fields, including energy, health, and the environment. The Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers comprises 18 research centers and an overarching organization. As part of its mission, the organization conducts research for the benefit of society by focusing on large-scale, interdisciplinary projects that address critical societal concerns.

Job Description :

Position descriptions at the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers will vary depending on the position and the research center. The following are some common types of positions and their general responsibilities:

A Ph.D. student is primarily focused on their research and thesis. However, they are also expected to take on some responsibilities that assist in the smooth operation of the research center.

Positions in research: These positions involve the conduct of independent research in a specific field and may include responsibilities such as designing and conducting experiments, analyzing data, and publishing the results of that research.

A postdoctoral position is typically available to individuals who have recently completed their Ph.D. and are interested in gaining additional research experience. It is possible that responsibilities include conducting research under the supervision of a more experienced researcher, as well as teaching and mentoring.

Administrative positions: These positions are responsible for providing administrative support to research centers and their researchers. This position may involve managing budgets, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the research center, and providing administrative support to researchers.

Technical positions: These positions provide technical support to researchers and research centers. The duties of this position may include maintaining and operating laboratory equipment, assisting with data analysis, and providing technical assistance to researchers.

Managers are responsible for managing the operations of research centers and their researchers. Among the responsibilities of an administrator are the development and implementation of policies and procedures, the management of budgets and resources, and the supervision of other employees.

You should always check the specific job posting to determine the required qualifications and responsibilities.

Eligibility Criteria :

An applicant's eligibility for a position at the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers will vary depending on the position and research center. The association does, however, require some general qualifications for positions.

  • A strong background in the specific field of research for which you are applying is also important.

  • Proficiency in the German language may be required for some positions, although English is also widely spoken and used at the association.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to work independently and in a team are also important.

  • The association encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds.

It's always recommended to check the specific job posting to see the required qualifications and to apply accordingly.

How to apply

You can find and apply for current job openings on the career website of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers (

Typically, you will be asked to submit the following materials when applying:

  • A cover letter should explain your qualifications and the reasons for your desire to work for the Helmholtz Association.

  • A CV or resume should outline your educational and professional background, as well as any relevant research experience.

  • You may be required to submit letters of recommendation from previous supervisors or professors, depending on the position.

  • This may include copies of your Ph.D. or postdoctoral certificates as well as any other relevant certifications or licenses.

  • A research statement or proposal describing your research interests, goals, and plans is often required for research positions.

  • It is always recommended that you read the job posting carefully and follow the instructions provided. If you have questions about the application process, you may also contact the specific research center or department.

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