Doctoral student for the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health (m/f/d)

searched for the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health (HIGH).

The Institute of Global Health at Heidelberg University, Germany’s oldest university and a leading hub for health-related research in Europe, is looking for an outstanding PhD student. The researcher will work under the mentorship of Dr. Pascal Geldsetzer and receive a designation as visiting researcher at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

  • Job-ID: V000010071
  • Field of application: Heidelberg Institute of Global Health
  • Location: Heidelberg
  • Start date: at the earliest possible date
  • Job Category: Science and teaching
  • Working hours: full-/ part-time
  • Published: 19.07.2024
  • Limitation:Temporary (limited to 3 years, with the possibility of an extension)
  • Contract:TV-L

Tasks and responsibilities

The PhD student will work under the guidance of Dr. Pascal Geldsetzer and other researchers at both Heidelberg University and Stanford University, including population health researchers, clinicians, and methodologists. The researcher will lead analyses in large-scale electronic health record data to determine the real-life effectiveness of certain medications, lifestyle advice, or health services interventions on health and health system outcomes. Electronic health record datasets are from the United Kingdom, USA, Denmark, and Germany. In addition to this core project, the research group works on a wide variety of research, with foci being medication effectiveness, health services research, and population health issues. Methods used in the group’s work include quasi-experimental techniques, descriptive epidemiology, and randomized trials. The student will be expected to publish in high-impact peer-reviewed journals.

The salary is paid according to the German TV-L system (the salary agreement for public service employees). As an equal opportunity employer, the HUK is committed to increase the percentage of female scientists and, therefore, especially encourages female researchers to apply. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference. Candidates from any nationality can apply.

We are open to discussing options for part-time work or working remotely.


  • Masters degree with quantitative training or research experience. We will also consider those with a Bachelors degree only if they have relevant training and/or experience. A degree in a health-related subject is not required to apply
  • Training and experience in quasi-experimental methods is a plus
  • Strong coding skills in R, Stata, or other statistical software package
  • Good communication skills in English (knowledge of German is not necessary)

We offer

  • Target-oriented individual further education and training opportunities
  • Targeted training on the job
  • Ticket for public transport (Deutschlandticket)
  • Subsidy for holiday care for school children
  • Active health promotion
  • Company pension scheme
  • Access to the university library and other university facilities (e.g. university sports)

Contact & Application

Please apply by sending a CV to Pascal Geldsetzer at A cover letter is not required. There is no specific deadline for the application - we hire on an ongoing basis.


Applications will be accepted via e-mail.

Heidelberg Institute of Global Health
Dr. Pascal Geldsetzer
Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.3
69120 Heidelberg
Tel.: +49 6221 56-5040

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