A PhD position is available in an Austrian Science Fund (FWF)-funded project at the Competence Center Periodontal Research at the Medical University of Vienna, University Clinic of Dentistry.

In our laboratory, we are highly interested in exploring the fundamental mechanisms involved in periodontal health and diseases as well as periodontal regeneration. We are especially focused on the mechanisms of periodontal inflammation in periodontitis and during orthodontic tooth movement. Our proximity to the Clinical Divisions of the University Clinic of Dentistry allows us to be in constant exchange with specialists in the different dental disciplines and link our basic science to clinical research.

The specific project for which we are seeking a highly motivated PhD student is focused on the immunomodulatory activities of periodontal ligament-derived mesenchymal stromal cells during orthodontic tooth movement.

Working hours: 30 hours per week

Salary: according to the FWF’s personnel costs schema

Temporary employment: 3 years

Start: not earlier than May 1, 2024


What we offer:

- Full funded PhD project

- Highly motivated and interdisciplinary research environment

- Proximity to well-equipped core facilities of the Medical University of Vienna

- Well-structured PhD program (N790) of the Medical University of Vienna with different kinds of lectures to increase your knowledge in scientific research

- Supervision by two mentors (the PI of the project and the head of the Competence Center Periodontal Research)

- Continuous and uncomplicated exchange with the two mentors


Skills and experience:

Potential candidates must hold a Master’s degree in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, or any related area. Knowledge of immunology and cell biology is mandatory. Additionally, the candidate should have experience in various cell and molecular biology techniques, including cell culture work, isolation of primary cells from human tissue and blood, qPCR, and flow cytometry. Experience in bulk RNAseq, single-cell RNAseq, and in bioinformatic analysis of RNAseq data is an advantage. The candidate should also have excellent English (written and oral) and communication skills.


Curriculum vitae, motivation letter, and at least one letter of recommendation should be mailed to:

Christian Behm (Principal Investigator of the project), University Clinic of Dentistry, Medical University of Vienna

e-mail: christian.behm(at)meduniwien.ac.at


Application deadline: February 18, 2024

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