Students obtain a PhD Degree conferred by the University of Vienna or by the Medical University of Vienna, depending on the affiliation of the supervisor, and /or based on the topic of the thesis. Our research groups recruit via both the Max Perutz PhD selection and the VBC PhD programme.
Our researchers in this field study how signalling pathways help organisms to maintain homeostasis. We study how signalling mechanisms impact homeostasis on molecular, cellular and organismal levels with a particular focus on the roles of autophagy and stem cells.
The doctoral program Chromosome Dynamics aims at understanding the molecular basis of chromosome maintenance and dynamics. Research topics include (somatic and meiotic) DNA repair, chromosome organisation, movement and segregation, telomere function, dynamics of chromatin modifications and gene regulation.
Vienna has long been home to a community of RNA researchers at Max Perutz Labs and many other institutes, dedicated to uncover the functions of these molecules. The RNA PhD track offers expert training in the field with an additional wide view of molecular biology and other disciplines.
Structural biology deals with the elucidation of the structures and dynamic interactions of large biological molecules, which is essential to understand all biological processes. The doctoral program provides students with training in the modern, high-end techniques that are required in this field.
The Center for Integrative Bioinformatics is part of Max Perutz Labs and aims at understanding processes that have shaped the genomes of contemporary species. To this end researchers apply methods from statistics, computer sciences, mathematics and computational statistics to develop models that mimic the process of evolution.
The TissueHome track focuses on understanding how tissue barriers rely on immune surveillance mechanisms to sense external signals, including pathogenic damages or barrier-specific commensal microbiota. The programme offers interdisciplinary training for PhD students in state-of-the-art immunology and infection biology techniques, as well as tailored transferable skills training.
Many of our research groups throughout all research areas additionally participate in the Vienna BioCenter PhD programme. Calls are held twice a year. The programme is jointly organized by GMI, IMBA, IMP and the Max Perutz Labs; the degree is awarded by the University of Vienna.
We welcome applications from highly qualified students who are passionate about science.
The official working language at the Max Perutz Labs is English. Thus excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are a prerequisite to enter our PhD tracks. Formal proof is an asset, but not mandatory.
The Max Perutz PhD Selection is open to students who (will) hold a university degree that formally qualifies them to enter a PhD or equivalent program in the country where the degree was obtained.
Next Application Opens
July 1st, 2019