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Wanted: Helmholtz Pioneer Campus - Administrative position with a focus on Online, Social Media, Events Fulltime/Part-time (f/m/d)

You independently handle and solve a variety of general administrative topics for our continuously growing

scientific teams and the HPC management....


Wanted: Helmholtz Pioneer Campus - Administrative position "Grant and publication management" (f/m/d) Fulltime/Part-time

You independently handle grant and publication related projects, taking main responsibility for the preparation, submission and execution of grant...


Wanted: Helmholtz Pioneer Campus - Administrative position with a focus on "Finances" Full-time/Part-time (f/m/d)

You independently handle and solve a variety of general administrative topics for our continuously growing scientific teams and the HPC management....


Team Martinez-Jimenez Wanted: Two Postdoctoral Positions - Biomedical Science (f/m/diverse)

Our laboratory aims to compare “molecular age” (predicted by molecular features such as DNA methylation, chromatin accessibility and cell-to-cell...


EVENT - HPC Symposium ‘Engineering biomedical breakthroughs enabled by computer sciences’

Nov. 15, 2018, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Neuherberg. The symposium is free, open to the public. No registration required (first come, first serve).


Wanted: Helmholtz Pioneer Campus Working Student (f/m/diverse) - Online Marketing/Science Communication

We are looking for a motivated Working Student in Online Marketing and Science Communication.


New Advisory Board supports scientific deployment

To position the pioneers with their groundbreaking ideas at an international level, HPC recently nominated a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)...


Fluorescent dye could enable sharper biological imaging

Recently, Dr. Oliver Bruns joined the new Helmholtz Pioneer Campus, where he aims to visualize processes in living organisms. Together with his former...

The Helmholtz Pioneer Campus

HPC is an innovation campus with a startup culture, routed in the Helmholtz Zentrum Munich and part of the Helmholtz Association, Germany’s largest research community. HPC stands for the smart fusion of biomedical sciences, engineering and digitization in a research environment that has no parallel in Europe. Helmholtz Pioneers pave the way for tomorrow’s biomedical breakthroughs. Teams of top scientific talents from all over the world work together on the development of novel solutions that make a difference in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of metabolic diseases. HPC gets its name from Hermann von Helmholtz (1821- 1894), a physician and physicist, polymath and science pioneer. HPC aspires to the research excellence Helmholtz embodies.


We are pioneers, our mission is ...

... driving discovery

We address the big challenges in biomedicine and engineer novel solutions that enable decisive breakthroughs in metabolic disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Research that pushes boundaries is our passion.

HPC Future Research Areas

Microfluidics, Organ on-chip Matthias Meier, Stanford* 
Next Generation in-vivo Brain Imaging Ryan Remedios, Caltech*

Bio-Sensing, Bio-Imaging Oliver Bruns, MIT*  
Material Engineering Jian Cui, ETH*

Molecular Aging, Single-cell Heterogeneity Celia Martinez-Jimenez, CRUK*
Spatial Transcriptomics

3D-Genome Architecture, Bio-Computation Boyan Bonev, CNRS*
Gender Medicine

*affiliation before joining HPC

... facilitating discovery

We enable intellectual freedom with flat organizational structures, less bureaucracy and open communication channels. We provide creative space with exceptional resources and leading-edge infrastructure.

HPC Infrastructure

  • Substantial start-up and running costs for innovative pioneer teams with no teaching obligations.
  • Funding has been secured for a state of the art research building hosting up to 20 teams with scheduled opening in 2021.
  • We are testing digital processes for effective interdisciplinary research and efficient science administration.
  • We are based in Munich, European hub for engineering, life sciences and IT and voted one of the the most liveable cities in the world (Mercer ranking).

... accelerating discovery

We create new tools and technologies in interdisciplinary teams combining the skills of exceptional engineers, biologists, physicists, physicians and data specialists.

... communicating discovery

We share our expertise and methods within the Helmholtz Association as well as local and global (academic, corporate, societal) partners, providing impetus and inspiration for future medicines to improve societal health.

HPC Conferences & Networks

Successful international conferences

  • Annual Helmholtz-Nature Medicine Conferences since 2013
  • 1st International Conference on Bioengineering Biomedical Breakthroughs, July 3-6, 2018; San Servolo; Italy

Established networks
Stephen Quake, CZ Biohub Stanford · Katia Karalis, Emulate Inc. · L. Boyer, MIT · M. Haigis, Harvard · F. Slack, Harvard · P. Frenette Einstein · S. Raffii, Weill Cornell · A. Giraldez, Yale · O. Shirihai, UCLA · M.Teitell, UCLA · K. Plath, UCLA · F. de Sauvage, Genentech


Prof. Dr. Matthias Tschöp
Director of Biomedicine
Scientific Director, Helmholtz Zentrum München
Alexander von Humboldt Professor
Chair Division of Metabolic Diseases at TUM

Prof. Dr. Vasilis Ntziachristos
Director of Bioengineering
Director Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging at Helmholtz Zentrum München
Chair of Biological Imaging at TUM

Dr. Thomas Schwarz-Romond
Director of Operations

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