The Genome Evolution and Ecology group from the division of Archaea Biology and Ecogenomics offers one PhD position in computational biology in the project “Evolution of Physiology: The link between Earth and Life” funded by a recently awarded ERC starting grant to Filipa L. Sousa. It will involve extensive comparative genomic and phylogenetic analyses in close context to biological and geological data. This will further contribute to the elucidation of evolution of microbial physiology and diversity.


The PhD position will involve large scale genomic analysis to elucidate how selected bioenergetics solutions have evolved over time.

Essential Skills

  • An MSc degree in biochemistry or molecular life sciences;
  • Experience with genome analysis;
  • Knowledge regarding microbial physiology
  • Strong motivation and interest in working in microbial evolution;
  • Excellent skills in written and spoken English.

Conditions of Appointment: We offer up to 3 years of appointment according to the salary scheme of the University of Vienna. The University of Vienna is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply: Applicants should submit a single pdf combining a letter of motivation, a detailed CV (including previous employments, a brief description of research interests, and publication list) and contact details for at least 2 referees. This document should be submitted by email to Filipa L. Sousa (

Application deadline: Open until filled
Start date:
Location: University of Vienna, Austria