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University Assistant (prae doc) at the Department of Biological Chemistry
The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 178 fields of study, approx. 9.800 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position from 01.10.2020 of a
University Assistant (prae doc)
at the Department of Biological Chemistry
Reference number: 11193
The Department of Biological Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry announces a position for four university assistants (prae-doc) on the topic of developing chemical tools for investigating microbial interactions (research group Microbial Biochemistry, Böttcher lab).
Further Information: The advertised position is associated with the newly established professorship of Microbial Biochemistry bridging the Faculty of Chemistry and the Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science (DOME). The research group is currently based in Konstanz and will be moving to Vienna soon.
We are currently looking for highly talented and highly motivated PhD students (prae-doc) with a strong background in Synthetic Chemistry, Chemical Biology, and/or Pharmacology, and/or Microbiology to join our Microbial Biochemistry Research Group at the University of Vienna. In our research group we explore chemical strategies for the customized modulation of bacterial population behavior with the goal of selectively interfering and controlling growth, motility, virulence and species interactions of human pathogens and commensals. We also investigate the chemical interactions of commensal and pathogenic bacteria as well as the chemistry of microbe-human interactions and aim to exploit the potential of the privileged structures of natural products by synthetic organic chemistry. We hereby focus mainly on novel anti-infective compounds including inhibitors of virulence and specific pathogenesis-associated targets as well as species selective antibiotics. Our vision is to develop customized chemical tools to selectively target viability, virulence and behavior of individual species in a complex microbiome which would open the possibility of chemical microbiome engineering in the future.
Duties and responsibilities of the successful applicant will include, but are not limited to:
- Participation and implementation of research projects on the aforementioned topics with the possibility of writing a dissertation.
- A doctoral thesis agreement is expected to be concluded within 12-18 months
- Design and synthesis of chemical probes
- Application of probes for labelling microbial targets
- Biological assay development
- Target identification and/or natural product isolation and inhibitor discovery
- Preparation of research reports, manuscripts for publications and oral presentations
- Supervision and training of students and staff members
- Support with administrative tasks, grant applications
- Participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement
Completed degree (Master) in chemistry, life sciences, biochemistry, molecular biology pharmacology, microbiology, or similar. Excellent command of written and spoken English
Very good organization skills, precision and diligence in laboratory work, highest level of motivation, excellent teamwork skills.
Applications documents: -Letter of motivation including research interests -Academic curriculum vitae -List of publications, evidence of teaching (if available) -Degree certificates
Main research field
Special research fields
Very good knowledge
Type of computer skills
Specified computer skills
Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (
http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 27.08.2020, mentioning reference number 11193.
For further information please contact Böttcher, Thomas .
The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (
http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.