Company Description

The University of Innsbruck, founded in 1669, is the largest research and education institution in Tyrol and the third largest in Austria according to student population. It is one of the major Austrian universities, and four of its researchers have been distinguished as Nobel Laureates.



University Assistant (PhD position)

Code BIO-13918


Start date/duration:

from 04.03.2024

for 4 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.



Job profile:

The description associated with this job duties and requirements can be found at:



The minimum gross salary (stipulated by collective agreement) for 20 hours per week amounts to € 1.639 per month (14 times)*. The salary will be increased to € 2.458 for 30 hours per week once the dissertation agreement has been signed and sent to the Personnel Department. The salary will be higher if you have worked in a similar position before. Furthermore, the university has numerous attractive offers (



PhD position (B1/1): Dissertation on the topic “Discovery, characterization and optimization of plastic-degrading enzymes”

Preferred skills: Completed master's degree in microbiology, biotechnology, or a related field; excellent molecular biology knowledge, e.g. DNA extraction, PCR, enzyme assay, heterologous expression of enzyme candidates, etc.


Beneficial Skills: Experience using bioinformatics tools to characterize enzymes; experience with qPCR and SIP (stable isotope probing).


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


Project proposal outline:



We are looking forward to receiving your online application by 14.12.2023.

Link to submit your application: < >


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