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Research Training Groups and Schools

Forschungszentrum Jülich is involved in a number of research training groups and schools through collaboration with centres of higher education, universities, and industry partners. It currently has 22 such partnerships. The focus is on teaching PhD students within a thematically focused, often interdisciplinary research programme, as well as a structured training concept with subject-related and soft skills components, e.g. project management, presentation techniques, and literature searches. Forschungszentrum Jülich is responsible for three institutions:

HITEC - Helmholtz Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training in Energy and Climate Research

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HITEC is a Helmholtz Graduate School of Forschungszentrum Jülich and the five partner universities Aachen, Bochum, Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Wuppertal with a focus on energy and climate research. PhD students at the Institute of Energy and Climate Research and the partner universities acquire the expertise and the methodological and communication skills necessary for scientific work at the highest international level. Furthermore, it provides well-founded interdisciplinary know-how on the scientific, technical, and social dimensions of the topic of energy and climate, such as the complex relations between the energy supply and its impact on climate change. HITEC stands for Helmholtz Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training in Energy and Climate.

Partners: RWTH Aachen University, Ruhr University Bochum, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, University of Cologne, University of Wuppertal

HITEC Graduate School website

International Helmholtz Research School: BioSoft

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The International Helmholtz Research School BioSoft offers excellent research opportunities for PhD theses in soft matter and biophysics. The courses prepare scholarship holders for interdisciplinary work at the intersection of biology, chemistry, and physics. Seminars on soft skills are also offered on topics ranging from preparing for a PhD thesis to training courses for job applications and leadership skills.

Partners: University of Cologne, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Caesar - center of advanced european studies and research (Bonn)

Helmholtz Research School website

German Research School for Simulation Sciences

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The German Research School for Simulation Sciences (GRS) gives postgraduate and PhD students the chance to learn the ropes of simulation science and perform cutting-edge research at two of the most prominent scientific institutions in Germany: RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich. Together, these institutions founded the GRS in 2007 as a non-profit company. This was the first time in Germany that a research school was established by a university and non-university institution which organizes its own study programme. The project is financed jointly by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Innovation, Science, Research and Technology of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, and the Helmholtz Association.

Partners: RWTH Aachen University, Forschungszentrum Jülich

GRS website

Helmholtz School for Data Science in Life, Earth and Energy (HDS-LEE)


HDS-LEE is one of five Helmholtz data science graduate schools. It provides an interdisciplinary environment for educating the next generation of data scientists in close contact to domain-specific knowledge and research. Besides the Forschungszentrum Jülich other institutions are involved: RWTH Aachen University, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, German Aerospace Center, and the University of Cologne. The doctoral students of the program are trained accompanying to their doctorate in all essential elements of information and data sciences as well as in communication and additional key qualifications. As part of their doctoral theses, students advance the development of data science methodologies and harness the power of state-of-the-art data science technologies to solve challenging scientific problems in the domains of life and medical sciences, earth sciences and energy systems/materials science. HDS-LEE stands for "Helmholtz School for Data Science in Life, Earth and Energy".

Partners: RWTH Aachen University, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, German Aerospace Center, University of Cologne

HDS-LEE website