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At IMBA, we believe that curiosity makes science happen. IMBA is one of Europe’s leading scientific institutes. We make up a highly dynamic and collaborative community and our faculty has an over 60% success rate in ERC grant applications. We are looking for outstanding candidates from all areas of biology, including interdisciplinary backgrounds, who aim to pursue an ambitious and innovative research program and establish collaborations within our campus. Our faculty are world leaders in research topics ranging from the 3D architecture of genomes and small RNA biology to the in vitro reconstitution of whole organs and embryos, united by our passion to discover molecular principles and mechanisms.


Successful candidates will be offered an initial contract of five years, with an anticipated extension to eight years – subject to external review. The recruitment package includes a competitive salary, four additional fully funded positions (two PhD students, one postdoctoral researcher, one technician), and generous consumables & investment budgets. Research groups also enjoy free access to a broad portfolio of scientific core facilities, including a mouse house, microscopy & cytometry, mass spectrometry, bioinformatics & high-performance computing as well as stem cell and genome engineering facilities. Faculty will be able to recruit students through our highly competitive international PhD program.


Foremost, you will build up your research group in one of Europe’s most vibrant life science centers. As an IMBA group leader you will be part of a dynamic and collegial faculty that is embedded in a multidisciplinary environment. Together with the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, the Gregor Mendel Institute, and the Max Perutz Labs, IMBA is part of the Vienna BioCenter (VBC) a vibrant research hub home to more than 1400 scientists. In addition, the VBC supports a growing biotech scene with over 30 companies situated on campus.

The recruitment of students and postdocs via the highly competitive VBC PhD Program, Summer School, and VIP2 postdoctoral program ensures access to top talents, while our symposia, seminars and lecture series on campus regularly attract outstanding international speakers. IMBA provides a very supportive and family friendly environment with dual-career support and guaranteed, subsidized onsite childcare for its faculty and staff.


IMBA is located in the heart of Vienna, which is consistently ranked the #1 livable city in the world by Mercer. Vienna offers a lively local and international cultural scene, a highly developed—yet affordable—metropolis, excellent public institutions from schools to parks, and easy access to many destinations in Europe and beyond.


Applications should be submitted electronically by January 10, 2021. In your online application, you will be asked to include a cover letter, a CV including your publication list (preprints are welcomed), and a concise summary of past achievements and future research plans (the latter not exceeding three pages). When registering, you will be asked to name three referees who will submit a reference letter online.

Appointment will be based on scientific excellence. We at IMBA aim to counteract gender imbalance and therefore explicitly encourage women to apply. We likewise strongly and explicitly encourage people living with disabilities, LGBT individuals, and people from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds to apply.

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