PhD at the intersection of microbiology and organoid technologies: Austria

In frame of the Vetmeduni PhD Programme “One Health”, a Ph.D. position is available at the intersection of microbiology and organoid technologies. This will be hosted at the Institute of Microbiology, Department of Pathobiology, Vetmeduni Vienna, Austria.

This project will employ intestinal organoids to decipher the mode of action of enterotoxins and develop risk-based diagnostic systems for enterotoxigenic bacterial pathogens, using Bacillus cereus as an example. The successful candidate will be trained in the cultivation of BSL-2 group bacteria and state-of-the-art molecular techniques in the research group of Prof. Dr. Monika Ehling-Schulz, Institute of Microbiology, as well as in the handling of intestinal organoids and lab-on-chip technologies by Dr. Alexandro Rodriguez-Rojas, Clinical Unit of Internal Medicine Small Animals.

The Vetmeduni One Health Program will provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to undertake research at the intersection of animal and human health, food safety and environmental sustainability. Our curriculum covers a broad range of topics including epidemiology, infectious and non-communicable diseases, microbiology, data science, food safety, ecology and conservation medicine.

The ideal candidates should hold a Master’s degree in life sciences, biomedicine or biochemistry. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in microbiological and molecular techniques. Experience in cell biology is an asset. Very good knowledge of English is essential since oral and written language proficiency in English is required for external communication. The candidate should be interested in applied research, show an independent working style and be a team player.

We provide an excellent laboratory environment and integration in a dynamic interdisciplinary research team.

The deadline for applications is 30.04.2023 and successful candidates will be expected to start their projects between 1 August and 1 November 2023. The position is funded for 3.5 years. The selected candidate is expected to complete a Ph.D. thesis within the time frame of this project.

Further Information: Prof. Dr. Monika Ehling-Schulz (

Are you interested? Please send your application (only pdf-files!), including a detailed CV accompanied by a letter of application and the names and contact details of two referees, quoting reference number 2023/0127 via e-mail to Please do not forget to include the reference number, or we shall not be able to assign your application to the correct position.

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