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University Assistant Predoctoral, Max Perutz Labs

Vienna (Landbezirke) (AT)
Closing date
3 Mar 2024

74 Max Perutz Labs Startdate: 15.05.2024 | Working hours: 30 | Collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) 
Limited until: 14.05.2027 
Reference no.: 2058

The Max Perutz Labs bring together the groups working in molecular biology at the University of Vienna. In order to intensify the collaboration with the Medical University of Vienna in the field of molecular biosciences, the Max Perutz Labs were founded in 2005. We maintain high-tech research infrastructures at two neighbouring locations, where around 450 scientists from more than 40 nations work in basic biomedical research in more than 45 research groups.

Your personal sphere of influence:

As a PhD student (university assistant predoctoral) in the laboratory of Pim Huis in ’t Veld, you will investigate mechanisms of cell division. When cells divide, they need to transmit a complete and damage-free copy of the genome to both arising daughter cells. This requires that sister chromatids are completely resolved from one another. If that is not the case, connected pieces of DNA are stretched into so-called DNA bridges when chromatids part in anaphase.

The Huis lab studies the protein machinery that recognizes and processes DNA bridges in human cells. For a mechanistic understanding, we combine reconstitution biochemistry with cell biology, structural biology, and biophysics. We strive to gain insight into error-prone cell division in human disease and to discover fundamental principles of cell division. In your project, you will build protein-DNA complexes from purified components and study their properties using biochemical and structural approaches.

We are looking for a candidate that is enthusiastic about the mission of the lab: unravelling the intricacies of the molecules that make our cells divide correctly. As a member of a new lab, you will work closely together with colleagues and the group leader and shape the team in the coming years. We strive for a supportive feedback culture, a diverse and international team, and a place for creative and rigorous science.

Our freshly renovated lab is located on the 5th floor of the Max Perutz Labs where Chromosome Biology and Biochemistry come together. We are a part of the Vienna Biocenter (VBC), providing PhD students with a state-of-the-art scientific infrastructure, unique opportunities for scientific and personal development, as well as a large network of peers. Vienna is a beautiful, vibrant, and affordable city.

Your future tasks:

You actively participate in research, teaching & administration, which means:

  • Contribute to the biochemical and biophysical characterization of protein-DNA complexes in vitro
  • Present your work in lab meetings, institute seminars, and meetings with your thesis advisory committee
  • Finalise your dissertation agreement within 12-18 months
  • Complete your dissertation and participate in the preparation of research papers
  •  Participate in teaching within the scope of the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement
  • Supervision of BSc and MSc students
  • You take on administrative tasks in research, teaching, and administration

This is part of your personality:

  •  Ability to work in a team and excellent communication skills
  • University degree in Biology or Chemistry
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English (C1 level or higher)
  • Basic experience in academic writing
  • Successful completion of the VBC PhD programme selection
  • Experience in protein expression, purification, and quality control is required
  • Experience with insect cell culturing and electron microscopy are desired

What we offer:

Employment duration: The employment duration is 3 years. Initially limited to 1.5 years, the employment relationship is automatically extended to 3 years if the employer does not terminate it within the first 12 months by submitting a declaration of non-extension. With appropriate work progress, an extension to a total maximum of 4 years is possible

Fair salary: Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc).  The basic salary is EUR 2684,10 (14x per year, calculated for 30 hours per week).

Work-life balance: Our employees enjoy flexible, family-friendly working hours.

Inspiring working atmosphere: You are a part of an international academic team in a healthy and fair working environment.

Good public transport connections: Your workplace in the center of beautiful Vienna is easily accessible by public transport.

Internal further training & Coaching: Opportunity to deepen your skills on an ongoing basis. There are over 600 courses to choose from – free of charge.

Equal opportunities for everyone: We look forward to diverse personalities in the team!

It is that easy to apply:

  • With your scientific curriculum vitae
  • Short motivation letter with reference to PhD program application
  • Master Degree  /  Diploma
  • Via our  job portal/ Apply now -  button

If you have any questions, please contact:

Pim Joannes Huis in t Veld

We look forward to new personalities in our team! 
The University of Vienna has an anti-discriminatory employment policy and attaches great importance to equal opportunities, the advancement of women and diversity. We lay special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions among the academic and general university staff and therefore expressly encourage qualified women to apply. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female candidates.

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Application deadline: 03/03/2024 

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