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International PhD Programme in Molecular Life Sciences

International PhD Program in Molecular Life Sciences

Vienna BioCenter PhD Program

Empowering Curious Researchers...
... at a leading Life Science location in the heart of Europe

The Vienna BioCenter is a leading life science location in Europe: a thriving campus that combines basic research, universities and biotech companies. As a student at the VBC you will be supervised by top scientists from four world-class institutes and have full access to state-of-the-art facilities, thus giving you the opportunity to launch a successful scientific career. English is the working language in all institutes.

The VBC campus is highly multidisciplinary with research areas ranging from molecules to populations: Biochemistry and Structural Biology; Cell and Chromosome Biology; Computational and Systems Biology; Molecular Medicine; Neurobiology; Plant Biology; RNA Biology, Gene Regulation and Epigenetics; Stems Cells and Developmental Biology. Importantly the scientific environment is extremely dynamic and collaborative, you will have numerous opportunities to meet, talk, listen and collaborate with fellow scientists. The program offers a flexible curriculum structure with an initial training course, lectures on scientific topics as well as technical and complementary skills training. Moreover, students contribute to the management of the institutes, through representatives, and organize events that promote networking and career development, such as an annual retreat and a symposium.

Not only will you be in one of Europe’s best institutes, you will live in Vienna, which is rated as the number one city in the world for quality of life. Vienna is a fun city embedded in beautiful old buildings, an international metropolis in the heart of Europe.

International PhD Programme in Molecular Life Sciences

The Vienna BioCenter PhD Program is a Doctoral school of the University of Vienna and Medical University of Vienna in collaboration with the Gregor Mendel Institute (GMI) and Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) of the Austrian Academy of Science, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) and the Max Perutz Labs.

Applicants must hold a master’s degree or equivalent from a university in a related topic (or you will complete a master's degree within six months of the application deadline). UK applicants should expect to graduate with a BA (Hons) First Class. Successful applicants will be hired on a full employment contract with a competitive salary.

We accept applications twice per year and we usually recruit about 30 students per call. Our diverse community welcomes undergrads regardless of culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, color, religion, disability, and sexual orientation.

Application dates:
Autumn Call - 1 September to 15 October
Spring Call - 1 March to 8 April

For further information check our website:

International PhD Programme in Molecular Life Sciences

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