Institute of Microbiology PhD & Postdoctoral Research

1. Research mission and philosophy

Our mission is to contribute to the understanding of microorganisms and their roles in ecosystems as well as in industrial applications. We are a team of research groups of the areas Mycology, Soil Microbiology and  Physiology as well as Microbial Resource Management. Our ambitious professors and group leaders rely on classical as well as most recent microbiological and molecular techniques and are eager to explore new habitats.

2. Why should I join?

Located in a place where other are making their holidays, the thriving City of Innsbruck with 150.000 inhabitants and 30.000 students is offering great research facilities and great options for the leisure times.

Our experienced professors and young researchers will support you at all stages of your PhD, in the lab, with writing and submitting scientific publications. A PhD candidate will typically deliver a cumulative dissertation comprised of three papers as first author in international, peer-reviewed journals.

3. Positions are rare but motivation makes the impossible possible

Clearly, research positions are rare for young researchers, and it is only few that are being publicly announced, e.g. by our PhD program  ‘Biointeractions from basics to application (Bioapp)’. However, we strongly encourage excellent candidates to look for external funding as shown but not limited to the options below. We will assist you to develop a joint research project and to apply for your own grant.  A personal grant from your own country gives you additional independence. Please indicate in your application for which stipends you would be eligible to apply and what would be the next deadline of application. Some Austrian and European options for grants are listed below:

Doctoral candidates

Austrian Academic Exchange Service (OEAD) – PhD grants

doc - fellowships from the Austrian Academy of Science

Postdoctoral candidates

European Union Marie Curie Individual Fellowships

Human frontiers science program postdoc fellowships

EMBO long-term fellowships

FWF Austrian Science Fund: Lise Meitner program for postdocs from abroad or Hertha Firnberg program for female postdocs

Austrian Academic Exchange Service (OEAD) – postdoctoral Grants


If interested, please send a single PDF file including a one-page motivation letter, your CV that includes a statement of technical skills, research experiences and interests, and contact information for at least two academic referees to and indicate which professor(s) of the Institute of Microbiology the application should be forwarded to.

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