Career Paths

The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) offers diverse career options for scientists. Young researchers have the opportunity to found their own groups, for instance aided by the Young Investigator Groups programme of the Helmholtz Association. In cooperation with our partner universities we appoint professorships on two different levels.


In cooperation with universities the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) is appointing professorships on two different levels: “W2” for group leaders and “W3” for department leaders.

Most recently, Alice McHardy and Dagmar Wirth were appointed:

After receiving her PhD in 2004, Alice McHardy worked in several research positions, including the leadership of a research group at the Max-Planck-Institute for Computer Science. Most recently, she held the professorship for the algorithmic bioinformatics at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. In April 2014 she was appointed W3 professor and head of the department Computational Biology of Infection Research at the HZI.

Dagmar Wirth obtained her PhD from the former GBF (today’s HZI) and later returned to the HZI as project leader for cellular models and head of the research group Model Systems for Infection and Immunity. Since September 2014 she holds a W2 professorship.

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