As Austria's largest research and technology organisation for applied research, we are dedicated to make substantial contributions to solving the major challenges of our time, climate change and digitalisation. To achieve our goals, we rely on our specific research, development and technology competencies, which are the basis of our commitment to excellence in all areas. With our open culture of innovation and our motivated, international teams, we are working to position AIT as Austria's leading research institution at the highest international level and to make a positive contribution to the economy and society.

Our Center for Health & Bioresources invites applications for an internship position for our location in Tulln (in immediate vicinity to Vienna). In the Center for Health & Bioresources we aim to solve challenges associated with demographic change, resource scarcity and environmental pollution and to develop innovative solutions, that enable early disease detection and support healthy and active aging.

As part of our research unit Bioresources you will work with our world-leading experts in deciphering plant-microbe interactions with elaborated methodological skills and profound scientific insights in the ecology and physiology of fungi, bacteria, parasites, toxins (chemical hazards) and allergens and plants. In the recent years in Europe, the share of alternative production systems, driven by innovative marketing strategies have grown. However, microbial food safety of these systems has not been addressed properly. In scope of this internship, you will get an opportunity to cast light upon potential microbial hazards related to one selected food type.





You will support our colleagues and work on a case study aiming to assess the emerging food hazard(s).

You will perform microbiological tests to assess the presence of pathogens and indicator microorganisms in the selected food type.

In addition, you will help us to define and investigate additional risk factors related to the selected food type.

You will get familiar with the working environment in the field of applied research and will have the opportunity to share your views with our researchers and last, but not least, to build up your professional network.

Your will contribute to better understanding of the microbiological hazards related to novel food systems.

Your results will contribute to the development of improved food risk assessment strategies.

Your qualifications as an Ingenious Partner:

Ongoing master’s studies at an Austrian university in the field of Microbiology, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, or similar

Basic microbiological knowledge (aseptic working techniques, culturomics) is essential

Interest in food system and food microbiology

Enthusiasm for scientific work

Willingness to take over responsibility and work independently

Good verbal and written communication skills in English essential, German knowledge beneficial


What to expect:

Starting date: possible from June 2024

Internship duration: 6 months

A remuneration of at least EUR 1.400,-- gross per month for 38.5 hours per week.

Possibility for a master's thesis: In addition to our company benefits, flexible working conditions and work experience in a highly innovative environment, we offer the possibility of writing a master thesis under the general scope of: „Detection and monitoring of microbial risks in novel and alternative food production or distribution systems“ - In case you are interested in writing your master’s thesis throughout this internship, please let us know. As a research institution, we are familiar with the supervision and implementation of final theses and we are looking forward to supporting you accordingly.

AIT participates in the FEMtech programme of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency. At AIT diversity and inclusion are of great importance. This is why we strive to inspire women to join our teams in the field of technology.

Please submit your complete application including your CV and cover letter online.


For further information, please contact:

Dr. Tanja Kostic, tanja.kostic(at)



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