In the spirit of Max Perutz, who tirelessly advocated the value of creativity and out-of-the-box thinking in science, we are looking for motivated, creative, and independent young scientists who pursue innovative projects with the potential to yield new insights into fundamental biological processes.
Successful candidates will be offered standard 30-hr/week PhD contracts for 3 years with full benefits and additional travel expenses of up to €500 per year that can be used to fund active participation in scientific conferences or research stays abroad.
Application deadline: December 20, 2023
Funding: Up to 3 years; employment at the University of Vienna; salary according to the University of Vienna pre-doc scheme; travel expenses of up to €500 per year for scientific conferences or research stays abroad.
Max Perutz Labs PhD students who started no longer than 1.5 years before the application deadline (starting date of the work contract not the date of PhD enrollment) and have already held their first thesis advisory committee (TAC) meeting and submitted their thesis agreement and accompanying documents (see https://molekularebiologie.univie.ac.at/approval-of-thesis-project/) by the time of the application deadline.
The PhD project must be carried out at the Max Perutz Labs.
Re-applications are not possible.
Evaluation: The evaluation of the applications will be carried out externally by two reviewers selected by the European Science Foundation (ESF) following a standard ESF evaluation scheme. The evaluation by the ESF takes approximately 3 months. Top-ranked applicants will be invited for a panel interview.
Subsidiarity: If fellowships are awarded by the Max Perutz Labs and another funding body (e.g. ÖAW), the external fellowship rather than the Perutz fellowship shall be accepted.
Number of awards: up to 2 awards per call
Application form including:
Scientific abstract (max. 2000 characters incl. spaces)
Research proposal (max. 10 pages including reference list). The proposal must include information on the state of the art, including relevant literature citations, as well as information on methods, potential pitfalls and backup plans, and a goal-oriented time plan
Statement from PhD supervisor (to be submitted directly to the selection committee)
Candidates will be ranked based on their written application and on the results of a personal interview with the selection committee. The interviews will take place in April.
Pavel Kovarik, Director Vienna BioCenter PhD Program