Company Description

The University of Innsbruck (German: Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck) is a major Austrian university founded in 1669. It is currently the largest research and education institution in Tyrol and the third largest in Austria according to student population. With four Nobel laureates, the university is recognized for its strong research focus and academic excellence.


Start date/duration:

from 04.03.2024

for 3 years


Administrative unit:

Department of Microbiology


Extent of employment:

20 hours per week; will be increased to 30 hours per week once the dissertation agreement has been signed


Job Description:

In this position you are expected to write a dissertation in a stimulating environment using the university's infrastructure. You will hold your own lectures, tutor students and participate in administration. 50% of the working time is reserved for the thesis.



PhD position (CEDRIC): Dissertation on the topic “Creating a sustainable transboundary agroecosystem through root microbiome biodiversity”


Main tasks: Dissertation on the topic of ​​“Creating a sustainable transboundary agroecosystem through root microbiome biodiversity”; Independent research and teaching in the field of environmental microbiology and/or bioinformatics; dissemination; Initial and continuing education; Administrative tasks.


Required qualifications: Completed master's degree in microbiology, genomic research or a related field; Experience in amplicon-based and/or metagenomic analysis of environmental samples; Experience in creating microbial profiles of root microbiomes using 16S rRNA gene or ITS region sequences is an advantage.


Also desired are: willingness to learn new skills, high resilience, flexibility and self-motivation, creative problem-solving ability, teamwork and communication skills, high level of independence and willingness to undertake research stays with cooperation partners at home and abroad, very good English skills, German skills (if not a native language) or the willingness to acquire them.


Please include a written proposal on your dissertation project with your application (max. 5 pages).


Project proposal outline:


Link to submit your application: email to christian.rinke(at) - include a motivation letter (1 page, pdf), your CV (3 pages max, pdf), and the written proposal on your dissertation project (5 pages max).


Deadline 18.12.2023

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