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University Assistant (prae doc) at the Department of Biological Chemistry

Physical chemistry; Radiochemistry; Chemical biology
Department of Biological Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University Vienna


The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 178 fields of study, approx. 9.800 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position from 01.09.2019 of a

University Assistant (prae doc)

at the Department of Biological Chemistry


Reference number: 9831


A three-year PhD thesis funded by the Horizon2020 initiative of the EU is available at the biological chemistry department of the university Vienna.

The NMR / DNP group of the university Vienna is looking for a highly motivated student to carry out a PhD thesis project centered around novel (hyperpolarization) tools based on NMR spectroscopy for the characterization of protein and DNA interactions.

Our lab is working on combining dissolution dynamic nuclear polarization (DDNP), a technique to boost signal intensities in NMR spectra, with time-resolved detection of biomolecular NMR spectra on milliseconds to minutes time-scales. Our lab is equipped with 7 state-of-the-art NMR devices and integrated in a fully equipped biochemistry facility.

The project is centered around the interactions of intrinsically disordered proteins with proto-oncogenic factors that play a role in the development of breast cancer and aims at development of time-resolved models that describe the protein-protein binding events at an atomistic level to obtain a better understanding of the biological function of these interactions.

The interdisciplinary PhD project combines biochemical and biophysical research with instrumentational and methodological developments of the NMR and DDNP technology. A biochemical orientation and an interest in NMR methodology would be ideal.


Duration of employment: 4 year/s

Extent of Employment: 30 hours/week

Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.


Job Description:

The Institute of Biological Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Vienna is currently seeking a Ph.D. student with experience in the area of NMR Spectroscopy to work on combining biochemical and biophysical research with instrumentational and methodological developments of the NMR and DDNP technology.

We expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 12-18 months.

Participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement.



The candidate should hold a diploma or master degree in chemistry, biology, physics or a related discipline.

Excellent command of written and spoken English.

Experience in NMR Spectroscopy, ability to work in a team.


Applications documents:

-Letter of motivation including research interests

-Academic curriculum vitae

-List of publications, evidence of teaching (if available)

-Degree certificates


Research fields:

Main research field: Chemistry

Special research fields: Physical chemistry; Radiochemistry; Chemical biology

Importance: should



Educational institution: University

Educational level: Chemistry

Special subject: Biochemistry

Importance: should




Language level: Very good knowledge

Importance: should


Language level: Good knowledge

Importance: should



Type of computer skills: Basic Knowledge

Specified computer skills: MS Office

Importance: should


Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 28.07.2019, mentioning reference number 9831.

For further information please contact Kurzbach, Dennis.


The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

Human Resources and Gender Equality of the University of Vienna

Reference number: 9831

E-Mail: jobcenter(at)univie.ac.at

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