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International PhD Program “Biomolecular Technology of Proteins (BioToP)”

International PhD Program

Biomolecular Technology of Proteins (BioToP)

6 PhD Student Positions

Vienna Institute of BioTechnology of BOKU, Vienna, Austria

BioToP offers an inter- and multi-disciplinary research-based doctoral education at the interface of basic and applied science in the field of protein biotechnology.

BioToP offers a challenging scientific environment with state-of-the-art facilities and provides comprehensive and thorough up-to-date research training in the fields of:

  • structure-function analysis, engineering and design of proteins
  • protein synthesis, targeting and post-translational modifications
  • expression systems and cell factories
  • bioinformatics and molecular modelling

The BioToP-specific educational program comprises lectures, seminars and instructional courses that complement the research work in the participating groups.

Highly qualified and motivated students of any nationality are invited to apply for the 3-year studentships. Funding will be according to the salary scheme of the Austrian Science Fund. Additionally students will receive funding for research stays abroad and for the participation at international conferences.

International PhD Program “Biomolecular Technology of Proteins (BioToP)”

Further information on research projects as well as application guidelines and forms are available at:

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Application deadline: February 20th, 2020

Research Topics:

Most of the offered projects in this call are collaborative research projects. These projects are highly interdisciplinary, i.e. at least two faculty members of different research areas will significantly contribute with their complementary expertise. Applicants can choose up to three projects of interest:

  • Design of a minimal enzyme set for lignin depolymerization
  • Effect of membrane organization on weak acid transport proteins
  • Effects of N-glycans on structure and dynamics of IgAs and their implications on receptor binding
  • Engineering of a bispecific mAb recognizing an optimized epitope of IgE as well as CD3 – a novel strategy for fighting allergic diseases
  • Redox communication between cytosol and ER
  • Seasonal influenza virus vaccine effectiveness through recombinant neuraminidase on VLPs

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