Ph.D. Position in Health Data Privacy (f/m/d)

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The mission of the Berlin Institute of Health at Charité (BIH) is medical translation: transferring biomedical research findings into novel approaches to personalized prediction, prevention, diagnostics and therapies and, conversely, using clinical observations to develop new research ideas. The aim is to deliver relevant medical benefits to patients and the population at large. The BIH was founded in 2013 and is funded 90 percent by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and 10 percent by the State of Berlin. Since 2021 the BIH has been integrated into Charité as its so-called third pillar.
As of now limited for 3 years the BIH is looking for a

Ph.D. Position in Health Data Privacy (f/m/d)

We are looking for an excellent PhD candidate for the working group of Health Data Privacy at the Berlin Institute of Health, with the start date as soon as possible. We are a young and enthusiastic group looking for people willing to contribute to our exciting research. The group aims at understanding patients’ views on privacy and strengthening trust through innovative privacy-enhancing solutions in order to support the patients’ willingness to share data for medical research, and to enhance adoption of digital health solutions. The work takes the form of patient-centric design of privacy-enhancing technologies, and incorporates various methods of user research.

Job description:

  • Work independently and as part of a team to solve novel, research problems arising from real-world needs in the area of patient-centred privacy.
  • Design patient-centric methods and technologies to facilitate the secure sharing of medical data for healthcare and research.
  • Close collaboration and exchange with internal and external partners from scientific community, hospital environment, and industry.
  • Publication of manuscripts as first author, and presentation of research results at scientific conferences.
  • Supervision of Bachelor and Master’s level students.


  • Master degree in Computer Science, Medical Informatics or related subject.
  • Knowledge in at least one of the following areas: privacy, data protection, usable privacy or usable security.
  • Experience in user-centred research methods.
  • Some knowledge of statistical methods is expected and experience of statistical analysis will be an advantage.
  • Legal knowledge in privacy issues, particularly in the healthcare context, is considered an asset.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and German are a must.
  • The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and have strong analytical skills.

We offer:

  • A collaborative research environment that encourages and supports scientific curiosity, innovation, and development of its team members.
  • Remuneration according to E13 TVöD VKA-K: The grouping takes into consideration the qualifications and the personal circumstances of the candidate.
  • A full-time position (39h/week) / part-time possible.
  • Appointment duration: 3 years.
  • 30 vacation days per year (with a five-day week) and up to 24 flextime days per year.
  • Additional benefits customary in the public sector (e.g. annual bonus, VBL).
  • Family - friendly, flexible working hours and homeoffice option for better work-life balance.

We live diversity!

BIH strongly encourages qualified women to apply. Applications from people with an immigrant background who meet the hiring requirements are expressly encouraged. Severely disabled applicants and those with equal status will be given preferential consideration in cases of equal suitability.
Please submit your application via the BIH Career portal by 19.06.2023, quoting the reference number BIH-41.23 We are looking forward to hear from you!
Please note: If you have a foreign university degree, we would like to draw your attention to the fact that you may need to obtain a certificate from the ZAB. You can find more information at:

The recruitment requirement for those born after 1970 is proof of measles immunity / measles vaccination.
Please contact Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Maija Poikela (E-Mail: or Maryam Sheykholeslami ( if you have any questions about this position.
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