The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 184 fields of study, approx. 10.400 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position from 01.05.2023 of a

Project Staff
at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
to 30.04.2026.

Reference number: 14077

Do you have a strong interest in Systems Biology and the relevance of the Gut Microbiome in health and disease?

Then come join our team as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Manuela Schmidt, University of Vienna, Austria.

Our translational research focuses on the molecular underpinnings of painful pathologies in vertebrates and on the dynamics of gut microbiota function in the context of diseases. In particular, we have set up an integrated workflow using advanced omics methods, such as metaproteomics and AI-based multi-dimensional data analysis.

We seek candidates having successfully completed their PhD. Candidates who have strong expertise in proteomics, bioinformatics, and mouse disease models are especially encouraged to apply.

Above all, we seek a skilled and dedicated person, who enjoys science and shares our passion for research!

Our research group is embedded in the Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Vienna. Thus, we benefit from close interactions with experts in chemical medicine, bioinformatics, drug screening, and systems biology. We offer a full-time contract funded by the FWF (Austrian Science Fund) for 3 years.

We provide opportunities for

• highly relevant research on the functional impact of the gut microbiome in health and disease

• cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, and collaborative research

• the development of own projects in the context of microbiota studies

• professional development including grant writing, advancing in academia, and leadership skills offered by the University of Vienna.

We embrace diversity and encourage international candidates to apply. The University of Vienna and our lab is committed to supporting women in science and especially encourages them to apply.

If you are interested in joining our team, please send a cover letter (explaining your motivation and experience) and your curriculum vitae (including names and contact information for potential referees) via E-mail to or apply online.

Duration of employment: 3 year/s

Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:
Your responsibilities include:
• Plan and execute in vitro and in vivo experiments on the gut microbiome in mouse disease models
• Investigate the dynamics of host-microbiome interactions upon treatment with probiotics and antibiotics
• Manage and develop research projects independently
• Manage collaborative projects within our research group and with our collaboration partners (in particular, with clinicians)

Essential required skills:
• PhD in Biomedical Sciences, bioinformatics or related fields
• Motivated team player striving in a highly dynamic work environment
• Utmost commitment to deadlines
• Excellent documentation skills
• Leadership skills including strong written and oral communication
• English (fluent, written and spoken)

• Expertise in the following fields is required:
o Proteomics studies with hands-on experience on state-of-the-art LC-MS/MS systems (specific training on our mass spectrometer will be provided)
o Analyzing LC-MS/MS-based proteome data
o Applying bioinformatics tools used for microbiome analysis, differential expression, and metaproteomics
o Utilizing common scripting language such as R or Python

Preferred skills and qualifications (not absolutely necessary but nice to have):
• Experience with common molecular biology techniques
• Experience working with mouse disease models
• Experience with sample preparation for protein extraction

Research fields:
Main research field
Special research fields Importance
Systems biology SHOULD

Language level Importance
Excellent knowledge MUST

Type of computer skills
Specified computer skills  Importance
Basic Knowledge
MS Office MUST

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 02.06.2023, mentioning reference number 

For further information please contact Schmidt, Manuela +43-1-4277-55360.

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity ( The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

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