Job Offers

Current Job offers (as of Nov. 14th, 2017)

  • PhD student position, Group of Dr. Genikhovich
  • Three PhD student positions, Group of Dr. Simakov

(detailed descriptions see below)

PhD student position: Group of Dr. Genikhovich

The Department for Molecular Evolution and Development at the University of Vienna is looking for a motivated candidate to work in an FWF-funded project devoted to the investigation of the patterning of the oral-aboral axis in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis.

Body axes are systems of molecular coordinates allowing different parts of the body to develop differently. Anthozoan cnidarians (sea anemones, corals) are unique among non-bilaterian animals to possess bilateral symmetry and two body axes regulated by the same molecular systems as bilaterian (vertebrate, insect) body axes. We are trying to understand the evolution of the regulatory mechanisms of axial pattering, as it allows us a glimpse into how the whole diversity of the animal body plans became possible.

In your PhD project, you will be deciphering the mechanism of the Wnt/b-catenin dependent patterning of the main body axis in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis embryos. This evolutionary early branching animal with very simple morphology has multiple Wnt ligands expressed in staggered domains along the main body axis, and you will be identifying their receptor preferences and function in the embryo. The work will require a combination of gene function analysis in Nematostella embryos and mammalian cell culture experiments, which will be carried out in collaboration with the Department of Pharmacognosy of the University of Vienna.

We offer:

1.     Full-time employment for three years as a PhD student in one of the leading cnidarian developmental biology labs in Europe, salary according to the Austrian Science Foundation (FWF) rates.

2.     Friendly, motivating and supportive scientific environment.

Requirements:

1.     Desire to tackle fundamental developmental biology questions

2.     A completed or nearly completed Master of Science degree or its equivalent.

3.     Experience with mammalian cell culture work.

4.     Knowledge of the general molecular biology techniques.

5.     Good English skills.

 

Please send your CV, a motivation letter and contact details of two referees to grigory.genikhovich@univie.ac.at until 15.12.2017.

Suggested reading:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27229764

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28974637

Two PhD Student Positions: Group of Dr. Simakov

The Department of Molecular Evolution and Development, University of Vienna, is looking for two enthusiastic PhD students with background or interest in evolutionary biology to investigate the molecular basis behind ancient transitions in metazoan genome architecture with a special focus on cephalopods.

Coleoid cephalopods (octopus, squid, cuttlefish) have large, complex genomes. The regulatory landscape required to establish their complex nervous system and development remains elusive. One of the research directions in our group focuses on applying methods of functional genomics to study genome regulation and its evolution in the emerging small cephalopod model species Euprymna scolopes (Hawaiian bobtail squid). We are also generally interested in the mechanisms of genome architecture evolution across metazoans with a special interest in the impact of repetitive elements in large genomes.

The candidates are desired to have previous experience with experimental molecular approaches and/or bioinformatic tools in those topics. The positions are funded by a grant from the Austrian Science Fund and run for three years with a possibility of extension to four years.

The work will be integrated and highly collaborative with several groups at the University of Vienna and the Center for Organismal Systems Biology, in particular the Departments of Molecular Evolution and Development, Integrative Zoology, and Neurobiology, as well as other research institutes. Additionally, the students, depending on the project focus, can be associated with either one of the two Vienna Doctoral Schools "Molecules of Life" and "Cognition, Behavior and Neuroscience".

Vienna is an internationally-renowned hub for evolutionary biology with over 50 research groups in the Vienna Evolutionary Biology network (evolVienna). The city harbors several Universities and Research Institutes for biological and biomedical research with a vibrant academic environment. Vienna is a vibrant historic European capital with a high QOL.

Please send your CV, letter of motivation, MSc (or equivalent certificate) and at least two reference letters (or contacts) latest by Dec 1st directly to: Oleg Simakov ( oleg.simakov (at) univie.ac.at ). Anticipating starting date: early 2018.

PhD Position: Group of Dr. Simakov

PhD position available at the Department of Molecular Evolution and Development (LINK). Cephalopods (octopus, squids, cuttlefish, and nautilus) are fascinating animals to both the general public and science. The evolution of the molecular cascades specifying their complex nervous system and development remains elusive. With the recent decoding of the octopus genome, cephalopods are becoming increasingly important for molecular studies of the underlying genomic innovation. We are looking for an enthusiastic student with interdisciplinary background or interest to explore approaches in bioinformatics and experimental areas to investigate the ancient transitions in the genome architecture and function in cephalopods.
The student will take part in several ongoing and future cephalopod genome-related projects, with a major aim of reconstructing the molecular basis of the ancient transitions and early diversification within the clade. Utilizing the emerging small cephalopod model species Euprymna scolopes (Hawaiian bobtail squid), the functional aspects of those known conserved and novel regulators can be studied during development. The work will be integrated and highly collaborative with several groups at the University of Vienna and the Center for Organismal Systems Biology (LINK), in particular the Departments of Molecular Evolution and Development, Integrative Zoology, and Neurobiology, as well as other research institutes. Additionally, the student can be associated with either of the two Vienna Doctoral Schools "Molecules of Life" and "Cognition, Behavior and Neuroscience".

Description and application procedures at the University website: 
https://goo.gl/igy8gt .
Contact for questions: Oleg Simakov
(oleg.simakov@univie.ac.at