General Information

Several positions are available in the PhD program "Microbial Symbioses" at the University of Vienna, Austria.

Our students have a background in microbiology, microbial ecology, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, cell biology, plant sciences, or marine sciences. They are interested in investigating the complex interplay between microbes and their hosts in an interdisciplinary and international research environment.

Diverse research projects are available, ranging from marine symbioses to human and plant microbiomes.

The deadline for the current call is January 10, 2020. Applications may be considered after the deadline if not all positions are filled.

Application documents should include, in a single PDF document:

  • Completed application form (to be found on our website
  • a motivation letter
  • a CV
  • university certificate(s) including grades
  • at least one letter of recommendation

Applications may be sent to .

Research projects of successful applicants are funded for a period of up to four years, according to the Austrian Science Fund standard salary for PhD students (€ 2,162 gross salary per month in 2019).


The PhD program Microbial Symbioses offers a unique and comprehensive education in the field of microbe-host interactions. Students benefit from the interdisciplinary and integrative approach offered by our faculty and the exceptional infrastructure available in the participating departments. Our faculty members are committed to providing a stimulating environment for the PhD students and promote their independent and critical thinking, their creativity and self-engagement, but also their communication skills and team working abilities.

The PhD program offers a set of measures and opportunities together ensuring the highest quality of PhD training, with a special focus on early international networking and learning scientific concepts and methods in an interdisciplinary research environment.

  • Interdisciplinary training workshops
  • National and international networking
    • Seminar series "Let's talk about symbiosis"
    • Symposia
    • Annual retreats
    • De Bary Lecture series
  • Secondments
  • Training in transferable skills & career mentoring

Selection process

The admission procedure might vary depending on the call, but includes:

  • evaluation of the written application by a panel of faculty members
  • invitation of selected applicants to the University of Vienna, and two 15-minute (chalk-talk) presentations by each of the applicants on their master’s thesis and a scientific paper selected by the faculty panel, respectively.
  • personal interviews, introduction of available research projects by faculty members, and meetings with students

Website for additional job details

Application deadline:
Start date: Flexible
Location: University of Vienna, Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science