Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA)

Postdoc Position

Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA)

Vienna, Austria

IMBA – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology is one of the leading biomedical research institutes in Europe focusing on cutting-edge functional genomics and stem cell technologies. IMBA is located at the Vienna BioCenter, the vibrant cluster of universities, research institutes and biotech companies in Austria. IMBA is a basic research institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the leading national sponsor of non-university academic research.

What makes individuals, populations and ultimately species different from each other? The overall goal of the Burga lab is to understand at the molecular level the forces driving the evolution of complex traits with a particular emphasis on genomic conflict (selfish elements). We strive to find elegant molecular explanations to the big questions in genetics and evolutionary biology. To do so, we combine our expertise in quantitative genetics, genomics, biochemistry and developmental biology.

Two postdoc positions are available in the Burga Lab on:

  1. the mechanisms and evolutionary consequences of genomic conflict (toxin-antidote elements) in nematodes & vertebrates (ERC-funded) and,
  2. the impact of species hybridization on the evolution of cell types in mice using single-cell sequencing.

More info:

The position is offered initially for 2 years, with possibility of extension up to 3 additional years.

The ideal candidate should be curious, creative, independent and driven by understanding how populations and species evolve at the genetic and molecular level. S/he should hold a PhD in genetics, biochemistry, structural biology, cell or developmental biology. For project 1, prior experience with C. elegans and/or mice is valuable but not required. For project 2, a background in mouse genetics and cell culture (primary cell lines/stem cells/organoids) is required. For both projects, a background in programming (R, Python, Java, etc.) is highly desirable.

The IMBA is a leading institute in the life sciences in Europe with unparalleled scientific infrastructure embedded within the dynamic Campus Vienna Biocenter ( Vienna offers a lively multicultural environment with high living standards and is repeatedly ranked the most liveable city in the world (Mercer, Economist rankings).

Salary and benefits
An internationally competitive salary with full benefits. Child care facilities are available on campus.

Application and enquiries
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Postdoc Position