Published on 04.07.2024

Synergy AI Scientist in the Helmholtz Foundation Model Initiative at MDC for Helmholtz Imaging

This position was originally published in the job portal of MDC.

Apply by July 11, 2024 as a Synergy AI Scientist at MDC!

The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in the Helmholtz Association is an international biomedical research center dedicated to understanding the molecular mechanisms of health and disease with the goal to devise new diagnostics and medicines. The MDC is a member of the Helmholtz Association, Germany’s largest scientific organization, and offers an engaging research environment with cutting-edge research infrastructure. Currently, ~1250 employees and ~500 guest scientists work at the Berlin-Buch and Berlin-Mitte campuses. Our diverse workforce is a core strength that inspires creativity and innovation at the MDC.

The MDC is committed to improving human health through transformative biomedical research. Our goal is to pioneer discoveries for preventing, treating, and ultimately curing disease.

The Helmholtz Association has launched an ambitious initiative to harness the recent advancements in AI and the rise of Foundation Models. The Helmholtz Foundation Model Initiative (HFMI) aspires to lead in creating generic AI models for a variety of research domains. In its current Pilot phase, HFMI funds four Pilot Projects and an overarching Synergy Unit. It is the mission of the HFMI Synergy Unit to amplify the impact of the HFMI on domain research. To this end, the Synergy Unit works with all Pilots in a cross-domain comparative benchmarking approach, aiming at deriving generalizing principles and best practices for streamlined foundation model development and deployment across domains.

Job Description

  • Benchmark self-supervised learning paradigms and -workflows on a broad range of large-scale scientific data sources from various domains to identify common patterns how known data properties are reflected in embedding space
  • derive generalizing principles and best practices to streamline foundation model development for novel data domains
  • to this end collaborate closely with the HFMI Pilot Projects and further foundation model efforts in the community
  • engage in community building- and outreach events to ensuring lasting impact of the initiative


  • MSc in computer science, physics, mathematics or a related field
  • PhD with relevant machine learning focus
  • Experience with large-scale HPC is a plus

We offer

  • international working environment with communication in English and German
  • interesting career opportunities and a range of opportunities for further qualification and training
  • Compatibility of family and career certified by the workandfamily audit (“berufundfamilie audit”)
  • Support for “New Berliners” through the MDC Welcome & Family Office
  • On-campus health and fitness center

You also benefit from

  • a remuneration in accordance with the collective agreement for the federal public service (TVöD-Bund), including additional company pension schemes
  • flexible working hours and childcare support
  • the possibility of mobile working

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