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MASTER THESIS POSITION: Metal-Microbial Interactions in Outer Space Environment

Space Biochemistry Group, Department of Biophysical Chemistry, University of Vienna


Our space research project aims to decipher the protective role of minerals and metals for the survival of metallophilic extremophiles after a long-term exposure to harsh outer space conditions outside the International Space Station (ISS). The project will decipher the roles of (i) metal encapsulation in survivability of the chemolithotrophic archaeon Metallosphaera sedula and (ii) Manganese protection system in survivability of Deinococcus spp. after a long-term exposure in outer space.


Aim of the study:

The master thesis aims to cultivate metallophilic microorganisms and characterize their metal-microbial interactions in outer space environment of low Earth orbit outside the International Space Station (ISS)

We offer:

Extensive supervision by experienced researchers of state-of-the-art approaches for fermentative cultivation and physiological characterization of metallophilic microorganisms, participation in a continuously evolving project, biochemistry of extremophiles, molecular techniques, electron microscopy and analytical spectroscopy techniques.

The candidate will be integrated into an interactive and international lab environment with a broad scientific experience in astrobiology, biochemistry, microbiology, biophysics, physiology, as well as microbial biotechnology.

Thesis duration: 6-12 months; salary: 440EUR per month. Beginning: immediately.


Highly motivated, enthusiastic students with a strong interest in Astrobiology/Biotechnology/Biochemistry/Microbiology/Analytical Chemistry, and with a passion for science and research are encouraged to apply. Previous experience in microbiology would be an asset.

If you are interested, please send your applications including CV, a letter of motivation and references to Tetyana Milojevic: tetyana.milojevic(at)univie.ac.at

For more information please visit our website at https://www.bpc.univie.ac.at/ueber-uns/mitarbeiter/tetyana-milojevic/




Name: Dr Tetyana Milojevic

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