Research assistant - Microbiology: Austria

The Medical University of Vienna is one of the most traditional medical training and research institutions in Europe. With around 8,000 students, it is today the largest medical training institution in the German-speaking world. With its 26 university clinics and three clinical institutes, 12 medical-theoretical centres and numerous highly specialised laboratories, it is also one of the most important top research institutions in Europe in the biomedical field. MedUniWien offers young researchers an optimal research and training environment with its wide-ranging PhD programmes and excellent teaching staff. From May 2019, a PhD research position will be available at the Institute for Hygiene and Applied Immunology in the working group of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexander Kirschner ( Research assistant (Pre Doc, 30 h)

Your duties:

  • conducting a doctoral thesis within the framework of a competitive EU research project on “Automated Online Flow Cytometry for Real-time Monitoring of Bacteria in Drinking Water”
  • application and further development of new trend-setting technologies for the quantification of water-borne bacteria in drinking water
  • cooperation with further scientific cooperation partners in the field of microbiological water quality analysis, as well as in chemical water analysis (especially TU Wien and KL Krems)
  • in addition to laboratory work, samples must also be taken in the field

Your profile:

  • diploma or Master Degree in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Microbial Ecology, Environmental Analytics, or similar disciplines
  • experience with microbiological or molecular biological methods
  • experience with microscopy and flow cytometry of advantage
  • interest in scientific work, in statistical or bioinformatic data analysis and in writing scientific publications
  • manual skills and pleasure in manual laboratory work
  • willingness to be mobile for sampling and work in laboratories of project partners
  • independent and reliable work attitude
  • friendly, open personality with team spirit
  • excellent German speaking skills (C1)
  • group B driving license

Your perspective:

You can look forward to a challenging job in a highly motivated, nationally and internationally networked team. The working group is a partner of the Inter-University Cooperation Centre Water & Health ( and closely networked with research groups at the TU Vienna and KL Krems. The monthly minimum gross salary for this position is € 2.112 (30 h).

Your application documents include letter of motivation, curriculum vite and certificates and should be sent by e-mail to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexander Kirschner at the Medical University of Vienna, Kinderspitalgasse 15, 1090 Vienna, Austria by 15 March 2019 (

Further details
Share this opportunity