University of Innsbruck (LFU)

PhD fellowship position in “total synthesis of natural products” within the doctoral programme "Ageing, Regeneration, and Drug Research" (ARDRE) at the University of Innsbruck

University of Innsbruck (LFU)

Innsbruck, Austria

PhD fellowship position in “total synthesis of natural products” within the doctoral programme “Ageing, Regeneration, and Drug Research” (ARDRE) at the University of Innsbruck

Located at the Center of Europe and in the heart of the Alps, the University of Innsbruck provides an excellent surrounding for cutting-edge research and learning. At the crossroads of European countries and scientific communities, we offer an inspiring multidisciplinary atmosphere and an outstanding international scientific network. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral programme ARDRE (Ageing, Regeneration, and Drug Research) offers a PhD fellowship position for a highly qualified early-stage researcher (ESR) who wishes to obtain a doctoral degree with a focus on Total synthesis of polycylic anti-ageing natural products (TAP) at the University of Innsbruck (UIBK) in Austria.

ARDRE provides structured training in both research-relevant and professional skills by building expertise in the fields of cellular and organismal ageing mechanisms, 2) stem cell and regeneration biology and 3) drug discovery, in a well-coordinated network structure. Our mission is to transfer advanced knowledge of ageing and regeneration mechanisms, as well as innovative drug research to the next generation of scientists, and train the ESR at the highest level possible.

The University of Innsbruck offers an excellent research environment and high-level training, which benefits from a team of group leaders from nine departments contributing to teaching, co-supervision and international networking. This international scientific community will enable the PhD students to participate in short research visits and international secondments. Collaborations with various renowned research institutions exist, for example University of California at Davis (USA), Université du Luxembourg (Luxembourg), University of Barcelona (Spain), University of Leeds (UK), University of Padova (Italy), Technical University of Dresden (Germany) and University of Galway (Ireland). ARDRE fellows work in a stimulating international and interdisciplinary research environment, with an individual mentoring programme that will provide an excellent basis for a future career in academia or industry. Information on the host lab and supervisor as well as a description of the suggested research topic are provided at

The PhD research work should preferably start between May and July 2020, or as soon as possible after.


We offer an employment contract for 4 years, with an annual gross salary of 40’103 EUR (susceptible to taxes) for 40 hour/week employment. All PhD fellows will be liable to full medical and social contributions according to the Austrian federal legislation, implying a retirement scheme and (partly paid) parental leave.


Offer Requirements

Requirements: Excellent theoretical and practical knowledge in (retro)-synthesis of complex natural products. Strong background in the structure elucidation of polycyclic molecules via in (2D)-NMR spectra and related techniques.

For application submit the documents as listed on the ARDRE homepage by email (as a single, named document in PDF format using “lastname_firstname.pdf”) until April 20, 2020 to the following address:

PhD students are selected on the basis of their application materials and video and/or personal interviews at the University of Innsbruck. We invite applications from highly qualified and motivated students of any nationality and we are looking forward to your application for a PhD fellowship in our program

University of Innsbruck

The ARDRE programme has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 847681.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.