Open Positions

Research technician position • open since November 08 2022

Research technician position in RNA modification biology

Medical University of Vienna
Center for Anatomy and Cell Biology
Elisa Vilardo, Ph.D.
Schwarzspanierstr. 17, A-1090 Vienna
Tel.: +43 1 40160 37724
Group Vilardo

The group of Elisa Vilardo at the Center for Anatomy and Cell Biology is recruiting a Technical Assistant. The group works on the biology of tRNA modification, its impact on cell physiology and its implication in human disease. The projects involve the use of a diverse array of techniques, including tissue culture, molecular biology and biochemistry. We offer a young and international working environment within the frame of the Medical University of Vienna, located at the very heart of the city.
The ideal candidate will have a degree in biology, chemistry or related fields, and will be highly motivated to perform research in the life-sciences with the highest standards. Previous experience in cell and molecular biology is welcome, although further training will be provided in house as needed for the projects. The working language at the institute is English; knowledge of German will be of advantage.

The perspective start date is December 1st 2022.

If you are interested, please send a cover letter, CV, and two reference letters to
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Master Thesis • open since November 08 2022

Master thesis in RNA modification biology

Medical University of Vienna
Center for Anatomy and Cell Biology
Elisa Vilardo, Ph.D.
Schwarzspanierstr. 17, A-1090 Vienna
Tel.: +43 1 40160 37724
Group Vilardo

To date, more than 150 natural RNA modifications have been identified. However, the function and interplay among RNA modifications remains enigmatic. The Vilardo lab investigates RNA modifications in tRNAs, the key adaptor molecules between gene expression and protein translation. We use biochemistry, genome editing by Crispr/Cas9, and Next Generation Sequencing to investigate tRNA modifications and the enzymatic pathways responsible for modifications.
As part of the special research focus program RNA-Deco, we collaborate within a network of top RNA research laboratories across Austria.
If you are a highly motivated student in biology, biotechnology or similar subjects, and are interested to join our group at the Center for Anatomy and Cell Biology of the Medical University of Vienna, please send curriculum vitae, motivation letter and a recommendation letter to:
Vilardo Master ad

Master Thesis • open since October 04 2022

Master Thesis Project on "Why do chloroplasts recruit RNA processing factors to deal with protein quality control?"

Prof. Silvia Ramundo
Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology
Austrian Academy of Sciences
Dr. Bohr-Gasse 3
1030 Vienna, Austria
Group Ramundo

Prof. Javier Martinez
Max Perutz Labs
Vienna BioCenter
Dr.-Bohr-Gasse 9
1030 Vienna, Austria
Group Martinez

This Fall, at the Vienna BioCenter, Silvia Ramundo (GMI) and Javier Martinez (Max Perutz Labs) offer an exciting project for your Master Thesis:
“Why do chloroplasts recruit RNA processing factors to deal with protein quality control?”
About the Ramundo and Martinez Labs:
The Ramundo Lab investigates the chloroplast unfolded protein response (cpUPR). This signaling pathway allows photosynthetic eukaryotes to sense the accumulation of damaged proteins in their chloroplasts and mitigate the resulting stress by reprogramming nuclear gene expression.
The Martinez Lab studies the conversion of precursor RNAs into mature, functional RNAs. This process entails phosphorylation and dephosphorylation of RNA termini, the ligation of RNA exons during pre-tRNA splicing and the “unconventional” cytoplasmic splicing of the Xbp1-mRNA to encode a critical transcription factor for the orchestration of the UPR.
About the position and the research project:
You will characterize the function of RNA processing factors during the chloroplast UPR in the single-celled organism Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. You will have the opportunity to master state-of-art techniques in molecular biology and biochemistry and develop critical thinking in a creative Lab atmosphere within the vibrant Vienna BioCenter.
Please apply if you love gene expression and RNA Biology! We are looking for bright and energetic students with a passion for science and good organizational skills. A substantial experience at the bench is highly preferred (but not strictly required).
Please get in touch with us by November 30th enclosing a CV and a short motivation letter. We will conduct interviews during December.
Silvia Ramundo, Group Leader
Javier Martinez, Group Leader
About the Max Perutz Labs and the Gregor Mendel Institute:
The Max Perutz Labs a joint venture between the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna, aims to achieve a deep mechanistic understanding of fundamental biomedical processes and to provide an excellent education in molecular biology.
The Gregor Mendel Institute is an international research institute founded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Its main goal is to promote excellent curiosity-driven research within the field of plant molecular biology.
Both Institutes are located at the Vienna BioCenter, one of Europe’s hotspots for Life Sciences.
Master Thesis Position Ramundo/Martinez

Post-Doc Position • open since August 08 2022

Bioinformatics post-doc position (full-time) to study RNA modification

Institute for Theoretical Chemistry
University of Vienna
Währinger Straße 17, 3rd floor
1090 Vienna
Tel.: +43 1 4277 52738
Institute for Theoretical Chemistry

We are searching for an enthusiastic and highly motivated candidate for a bioinformatics postdoc position.
The special research program SFB RNA-DECO is a consortium of top RNA research labs in Austria investigating RNA modification. You will support the computational side of diverse research projects revolving around RNA modification. The projects will involve, but not be limited to, analysis of next generation sequencing data, RNA folding prediction and simulation, integration of biochemical/biophysical data into folding predictions.
The position is available with immediate start and until March 2024, with possibility of renewal for 4 additional years.
Your profile:
- PhD in bioinformatics, molecular biology, or equivalent
- Hands on experience in next generation transcriptome sequencing data analysis
- Experience in computational analysis
- Programming skills in scripting languages such as Python, Perl, R
- Experience with RNA secondary structure prediction
- Team player
- Good communication skills and command of English
- Excellent organisation skills to manage multiple projects
What we offer:
The Medical University is located in Vienna (Austria), which is consistently ranked as the most liveable city in the world, directly at the heart of Europe. Training and supervision will be provided in association with the RNAfold team at the Theoretical Biochemistry Institute of the University of Vienna. The candidate will have the opportunity to develop and apply analysis strategies and pipelines based on a broad range of data sets generated by the member labs of the RNA-DECO consortium. Employee benefits include full insurance, health care, and subsidized child care. Gross monthly salary is 4,061.50, following the Austrian Science Fund recommendation (, and will be adjusted according to years of experience.
Apply now sending your CV, a motivation letter, and the contact of two referees via email to and
Bioinformatics position