Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)

Scientific Director at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA)

Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)

Vienna, Austria

The Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) is seeking a

Scientific Director

at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA).

The Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) is Austria’s central non-university research and science institution. Its statutory mission is to “promote science in every aspect” by operating a total number of 28 research institutes, which are engaged in innovative research of international standing in a variety of disciplines.

Three of the OeAW institutes are conducting research in the field of life sciences. One of them, the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA), was established in 2002 and, since then, has developed into one of Europe’s top level institutions in molecular biology and biomedicine under the leadership of Professor Josef Penninger. The research efforts of IMBA include RNA biology, cellular and chromosomal dynamics, stem cell biology as well as the development of models of human diseases ( While grounded in biological mechanisms, these efforts are contributing to the basis for new strategies in the prevention and treatment of diseases and public health challenges including cancer, autoimmune disorders, metabolic diseases (e.g. diabetes mellitus), neurodegeneration, and aging.

IMBA has an annual budget of approximately 15 million € that is provided by the OeAW, and additional national and international third-party funding for designated research projects and ideas. The institute offers a world-class scientific and collaborative research environment and is supported by skilled administrative staff, including grant service, finance, and public relations personnel. Various scientific facilities provide a wide range of novel technologies, instrumentation, and techniques to enable researchers at IMBA to achieve their goals. Core resources comprise scientific and technical support for stem cell research, transgenic animal models, advanced microscopy, metabolomics, flow cytometry and cell sorting, next generation sequencing, and preclinical imaging and phenotyping.

The institute is part of the Vienna BioCenter, a vibrant research campus with more than 1.400 senior and junior postdoctoral scientists as well as 700 high-potential students from at least 40 different countries. The Vienna BioCenter combines university-based (Max F. Perutz Laboratories), non-university-based (IMBA; Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology; Research Institute of Molecular Pathology), and biotech companies. It provides ample resources and, thus, represents a hotspot of sophisticated intellectual and technological know-how in Europe.

The OeAW is now seeking a strong and creative scientist of high profile to serve as scientific director of IMBA (in succession of Professor Penninger). Candidates should have made seminal contributions to the fields of basic molecular biology and/or biomedicine and enjoy an outstanding international reputation among his/her colleagues. The success of their research should also be reflected in peer-reviewed third-party funding generated from public and private sources. The ideal candidate will also possess strong leadership qualities and be well connected within the international scientific community. The future scientific director will want to continue his/her cutting edge research program and, at the same time, ensure that IMBA and the Vienna BioCenter remain attractive places for top level scientists while retaining high visibility in the public domain.

We offer an attractive recruitment package that includes an internationally competitive salary, a substantial annual research budget (personnel, consumables, investments) as well as access to the entire research infrastructure of the Vienna BioCenter campus.

The term of appointment is initially limited to 5 years with an opportunity for extension, depending on external review. The OeAW strives for gender equity and strongly encourages applications from women.

IMBA provides a very supportive, collegial and family friendly environment with subsidized on-campus child care facilities. Beyond that, IMBA is located near the city center of Vienna, with its manifold cultural and recreational attractions.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Please send a curriculum vitae, cover letter and research program for IMBA to Anton Zeilinger, President of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, at

Closing date for applications: June 3, 2019

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