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University Assistant Postdoctoral, Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science

Vienna (Landbezirke) (AT)
The basic salary of EUR 4,752.30
Closing date
1 May 2024

91 Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science
Startdate: 01.05.2024 | Working hours: 40 | Collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc)
Limited until: permanent
Reference no.: 2316

The Division of Terrestrial Ecosystem Research at the Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science intends to strengthen its expertise at the interface between microbial ecology and ecosystem ecology and has an open PostDoc position for a scientist with strong expertise in these fields. We are a committed team and offer a creative working atmosphere in an international scientific environment, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, and flexible working hours. 

Your personal sphere of influence:

The overall aim of the project is to further develop quantitative stable isotope probing (18O-qSIP) approaches, to understand how microorganisms beyond bacteria grow. In particular, the taxon-specific growth of fungi and protists (and possibly also viral replication) in complex communities in their natural habitat will be in the focus of this postdoctoral position. Also, the development of qSIP-metagenomics approaches is envisioned. We are looking for a talented, highly motivated postdoctoral scientist who is excited to work with molecular tools and stable isotope approaches in a highly international setting. The position is located in the Soil Ecology Group of Andreas Richter at TER, the Division of Terrestrial Ecosystem Research at the Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science and will be associated to the Austrian Cluster of Excellence, Microbiomes Drive Planetary Health ( This position is limited to 3 years, with the possibility of extension.

Your future tasks:

Active participation in research, teaching & administration, which means: 

  • You are involved in research projects and scientific studies.
  • You publish internationally and give lectures.
  • You supervise your students.
  • You participate in evaluation measures and in quality assurance.
  • You take on administrative tasks in research, teaching and administration.

This is part of your personality:

  • You hold a PhD degree in an area of (micro-)biology, ecology, environmental sciences, or a related field.
  • You have a strong background in stable isotope probing (preferably with qSIP) and microbial ecology.
  • Excellent scientific track record (including first-author publications in international, peer-reviewed journals)
  • Excellent English language skills (written and spoken)
  • Team player, with a curious, independent, committed and motivated personality

What we offer:

Work-life balance: Our employees enjoy flexible working hours, remote/hybrid and/or part-time work (upon agreement).

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.

Fixed-term contract and fair salary: The basic salary of EUR 4,752.30 (14 times a year) increases if we can credit professional experience.

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

It is that easy to apply:

  • With a letter of intent (1 page maximum)
  • With your scientific curriculum vitae (including a list of your publications)
  • With a concise description of your research experience (1 page maximum)
  • Doctoral Degree
  • Contact details of two persons who could provide reference letters.

Interviews will be held on a rolling basis and as soon as a suitable candidate is found, the position will be filled.

If you have any content questions, please contact:

Andreas Richter

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: 10/25/2023

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