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Our Center for Health & Bioresources located in Vienna invites applications for a PhD Thesis. 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.

Our Competence Unit Molecular Diagnostics focuses its research on the development of novel diagnostic technologies for a wide range of applications (e.g., infectious diseases, cancer diagnostics, health monitoring).

The PhD project is part of the European research project “MI-DNA DISC“, involving six institutions from Europe and is coordinated by Dr. Ivan Barišić. The goal of the Horizon Europe is to develop a novel DNA-based data storage approach. The PhD candidate will investigate DNA-based technologies regarding their data storage capacity and develop genetic tools to store data in the genomes of bacteria. The candidate will be enrolled at the Technical University Vienna.





You dive deeper into the topic of synthetic biology and DNA-based data storage.

You carry out a literature search and keep track of the actual literature about novel genetic engineering tools in bacteria.

You perform sequencing experiments to analyse bacterial DNA exchange mechanisms.

You use and become familiar with analytical instruments and molecular tools.

You interact with other international scientists and project consortia working on DNA-based data storage and synthetic biology.

You will be introduced to the European community working on DNA-based computing.

You work interdisciplinary with molecular biologists, computer scientists, physicists, and dissemination and exploitation experts.

You will publish your research results at conferences and in international journals.

You will learn how to evaluate the results and prepare them for further studies.

You will accumulate experience in a research field, that has an enormous potential to transform data storage and computing.

You will gain experience in a group of international scientists and build up your professional network.


Your qualifications as an Ingenious Partner:

Master's studies in the field of molecular biology or similar

Good knowledge in Microbiology and Genetics, ideally regarding ligation-based DNA technologies, bacteriophages and/or CRISPR-Cas

Enthusiastic about the conception of scientific studies, writing of proposals and publishing papers

High level of commitment and team spirit

Very good knowledge of English in word and writing

Interested in reading and writing scientific publications and enjoy application-oriented questions from industry

High level of commitment and team spirit


Duration of the PhD project: 3 years

Start date: ideally as soon as possible – However, there is some flexibility concerning the start-date


What to expect:

EUR 34.507 gross per year, for 30 h / week. In addition to numerous events, seminars and networking opportunities, there will be additional company benefits. As a research institution, we are familiar with the supervision and execution of PhD theses, and we are looking forward to supporting you accordingly!


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. We welcome applications from women, who will be given preference in case of equal qualifications after taking into account all relevant facts and circumstances of all applications.


Join our AIT PhD programme with around 150 international students, carried out in cooperation with renowned universities – Let’s make ideas work – With you?


Please submit your documents including your CV, cover letter and your certificates (Transcript of records) online:


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