In this position you are expected to write a dissertation in a stimulating environment using the university’s infrastructure. 70% of your working time is reserved for the thesis. You will additionally gain experience in teaching, in the tutoring of students and participate in administration. The PhD project will investigate the interactions between fungi and their mycobiome.

Aim is to better understand the biology and nature of such interactions and to elucidate traits that lead to antagonistic and synergistic effects. Focus will be processes linked to communication and interaction in the mycobiome in short term (e.g. contact zones) and long term (e.g. microcosm studies) interactions. This will be done through a combination of observational methods (microscopy, phenotying), and by analysing genetic signatures or metabolomic datasets to identify relevant processes and/or metabolites. 

Main tasks: PhD thesis in the field of microbiology, especially in the field of mycology with a focus on interactions and secondary metabolites in the mycobiome; Research in the field of mycology with a focus on interactions and secondary metabolites in the mycobiome; Creation of scientific publications; Participation in the supervision of students; involvement in teaching; Preparedness to learn new tools and methods; administrative tasks. 

Required qualifications: Master’s degree in microbiology, mycology or a related subject; Sound knowledge and experience with microbiological, molecular biological and microscopic methods; Experience in analytical procedures would be an advantage. Knowledge and experience in the areas of fungus-fungus or fungus-prokaryotes interaction is an advantage;

high level of independence and willingness to do research with cooperation partners; Very good knowledge of English; knowledge of German (if not mother tongue) or the willingness to learn German within a reasonable timeframe; High willingness to perform, resilience and flexibility; creative problem-solving ability; team and communication skills; 

A written concept of your dissertation project in the field of mycology with a focus on interactions and secondary metabolites in the mycobiome is expected (max. 5 pages).

Salary: The minimum gross salary (stipulated by collective agreement) for this position amounts to € 2.458 per month (14 times)*. The salary will be higher if you have worked in a similar position before.


We are looking forward to receiving your online application by 04.07.2023. The University of Innsbruck emphasizes equal opportunities and diversity in its personnel policy.

The University of Innsbruck strives to increase the percentage of women and thus expressly encourages women to apply. This is particularely true for leading positions and scientific job offers. In case of underrepresentation women with the same qualifications will be given priority. Following Austrian disability legislation, qualified persons are strongly encouraged to apply.


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