4 Postdoctoral fellow, 5 PhD student & 2 Bioinformatician (Postdoc & MSc level) positions available!

4 Postdoctoral fellow, 5 PhD student & 2 Bioinformatician (Postdoc & MSc level) positions available!

Medical University of Vienna

Vienna, Austria; Salzburg, Austria

We are currently implementing a special research program (SFB) in Vienna and Salzburg, Austria. The SFB “HDACs as regulators of T cell-mediated immunity in health and disease” constitutes a major strategic grant, consortium and research network newly funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). It comprises an interdisciplinary team of eight research groups, of which seven are located in Vienna and one in Salzburg, Austria. The project will start in March 2019. We are currently hiring several Postdoctoral fellows, PhD students and bioinformaticians.

OUR AIMS: Histone deacetylases (HDACs) are key epigenetic and genetic regulators during development and cell differentiation. HDACs control the acetylation status of histones and non-histone proteins, thus modulating chromatin function and the activity of non-histone protein targets, respectively. The overall aim of this 8-year special research program and consortium is to provide a mechanistic molecular rationale for the development and application of isoform-selective HDAC inhibitors for the treatment of T cell-mediated diseases, and to test essential regulatory roles of reversible lysine acetylation beyond histone modifications and epigenetic gene regulation in T helper cells.


  • Christoph BOCK: Systems-level analysis of HDAC-dependent Th cell plasticity (1 Postdoc position)
  • Michael BONELLI: HDACs as targets in systemic autoimmune disease patients (2 PhD student positions)
  • Nicole BOUCHERON: HDACs and Th cell modulation in allergic airway inflammation (1 PhD student position)
  • Wilfried ELLMEIER: HDAC function in T cells beyond histone modifications (1 Postdoc position)
  • Iris GRATZ: HDAC function in peripheral regulatory T cell biology (1 Postdoc position)
  • Markus HARTL: HDAC-dependent interactomes and acetylomes in T cells
  • Karl KUCHLER: HDACs and T cell-mediated antifungal immunity (up to 2 PhD student positions)
  • Christian SEISER: Regulation of HDAC complex function in T cells (1 Postdoc position)
  • SFB Bioinformatics platform (1 Postdoc position & 1 research bioinformatician – MSc level)

OUR OFFER: Being part of a newly established collaborative translational immunology research program embedded in a stimulating international interdisciplinary research environment (based in Vienna and Salzburg, Austria) with access to state-of-the-art technology.

APPLICATION: Candidates have to demonstrate a strong motivation to engage in the project and network. Previous research experience in either immunology, molecular/cell biology, epigenetics, systems biology or bioinformatics is desired (but not essential). Electronic applications must include the following documents in a single PDF file:

  1. Academic curriculum vitae of no more than 2 -3 pages
  2. List of peer-reviewed publications
  3. Motivation letter explaining why you wish to start / continue a career in the field (1 page), and which SFB group(s) you would like to join

Applications (subject heading “Application for HIT-SFB Position”) should be e-mailed by February 25 2019 to hit@meduniwien.ac.at. Two reference letters must be e-mailed by mentors of applicants before the deadline directly to hit@meduniwien.ac.at. Short-listed candidates will be invited for Skype interviews and/or personal interviews in March 2019. Positions are open from April 2019 onward; the actual start dates are flexible.
INFORMATION: A description of the research program, of the individual projects and all application details can be found at: www.meduniwien.ac.at/HIT


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4 Postdoctoral fellow, 5 PhD student & 2 Bioinformatician (Postdoc & MSc level) positions available!