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University Assistant (prae doc) at the Department of Pharmacognosy
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 01.01.2020 of a
University Assistant (prae doc)
at the Department of Pharmacognosy
Reference number: 10168
We represent a highly integrated multidisciplinary team working with both plants and microorganisms toward a common goal - drug discovery from nature. We offer well-equipped laboratories, creative and motivating atmosphere and the possibility for advanced academic training toward further career development.
We are looking for a pre-doctoral scientist to join a research team working in the field of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
and focused on drug discovery from natural sources, including microorganisms and plants. Your work will comprise
characterization of bacteria isolated from various environments, including production of bioactive secondary metabolites,
identification and cloning of secondary metabolite biosynthesis gene clusters, and genetic manipulation of bacteria aimed at
discovery of novel bioactive compounds. You will actively participate in research and assist in teaching. This involves
developing and strengthening your independent research profile, involvement in research projects, and international publications
and presentations. Your duties will include participation in the teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement,
supervision of students, and involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching and research administration. - We expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 12-18 months
English - Master degree in Microbiology, Pharmacy, Molecular Genetics or related fields (e.g. Biochemistry, Molecular Biology
etc.). Methodological competence in modern molecular cloning techniques, microbiological handling and genetic manipulation of
bacteria are highly desired. Basic IT user skills of MS Office, bioinformatic tools used in genome analyses and in silico gene
manipulation (e.g. Clone Manager) are essential, as are good communication skills (written and spoken) in English and German. Experience in isolation and characterization of secondary metabolites would be an advantage. We expect a high
ability to express yourself both orally and in writing, and ability to work in a team.
In addition, we expect the successful candidate to have experience of working on research projects. Desirable
qualifications are knowledge of university processes and structures, and experience in supervising students. Application
documents: - Letter of motivation - Academic curriculum vitae (including, if relevant, a list of publications, a list of courses and a
list of talks given) - Description of research interests and contact details of people who could provide a letter of reference.
Main research field
Special research fields
Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Toxicology
Other and interdisciplinary Natural Sciences
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 21.12.2019, mentioning reference number 10168.
For further information please contact Zotchev, Sergey +43-1-4277-55296.
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.