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Promotion of young scientists

International Helmholtz Research School for Diabetes launched

Promoting outstanding young scientists for the next generation of diabetes researchers – this is the stated aim of the new International Helmholtz Research School for Diabetes. To this end, Helmholtz Zentrum München has joined forces with the University of Alberta’s Diabetes Institute (ADI) in Canada and the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The application deadline for the first selection round of funded PhD positions is June 29, 2018.

International Helmholtz Research School for Diabetes launched

Diabetes is one of the world’s largest public health challenges, affecting 400 million people globally - figures still rising. A great need for innovative treatments and new concepts for dealing with this widespread disease makes the training of a new generation of highly specialized scientists particularly important.

This is the aim of the newly-founded research school. “By combining our strengths in a joint program, we provide doctoral students with the required expertise and networking opportunities of tomorrow’s research,” says Prof. Dr. Stephan Herzig, Director of the Institute for Diabetes and Cancer at Helmholtz Zentrum München and Professor of Molecular Metabolism Control at TUM. “Training the new generation of leading diabetes researchers, we hope to identify previously unknown molecular mechanisms and develop innovative prognostic instruments and therapeutic strategies. The long-term goal is to find new ways to prevent, treat and ultimately cure diabetes,” says the spokesperson of the International Helmholtz Research School for Diabetes.

The school’s coordinator, Dr. Sofia Sasse, adds that the student’s curriculum is complemented with training in management, leadership and communication skills that prepares them in leading positions of all career stages. A major focus on research residency at the partner institution ADI will provide an exclusive level of international research experience.

In a pilot project, the research school offers up to six funded doctoral positions yearly for highly-qualified and motivated international students who wish to conduct research at one of the diabetes institutes of Helmholtz Zentrum München. Three-year employment contracts with the Helmholtz Zentrum will ensure continuity and are combined with a doctoral degree from TUM, a University of Excellence. The starting date for successful candidates is February 2019; the program language is English.

Applications Deadline is June 29, 2018

Young scientists with a master's degree and a keen interest in diabetes, endocrinology, molecular biology, (epi)genetics, epidemiology and related fields are invited for application. Candidates should have excellent English language skills and laboratory experience, and should be open-minded, communicative and well-organized. Further information on requirements, the application procedure and projects can be found at the following link:

Website Alberta Diabetes Institute

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. The Helmholtz Zentrum München has about 2,300 staff members and is headquartered in Neuherberg in the north of Munich. Helmholtz Zentrum München is a member of the Helmholtz Association, a community of 18 scientific-technical and medical-biological research centers with a total of about 37,000 staff members. 

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s leading research universities, with around 550 professors, 41,000 students, and 10,000 academic and non-academic staff. Its focus areas are the engineering sciences, natural sciences, life sciences and medicine, combined with economic and social sciences. TUM acts as an entrepreneurial university that promotes talents and creates value for society. In that it profits from having strong partners in science and industry. It is represented worldwide with the TUM Asia campus in Singapore as well as offices in Beijing, Brussels, Cairo, Mumbai, San Francisco, and São Paulo. Nobel Prize winners and inventors such as Rudolf Diesel, Carl von Linde, and Rudolf Mößbauer have done research at TUM. In 2006 and 2012 it won recognition as a German "Excellence University." In international rankings, TUM regularly places among the best universities in Germany.

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