Vienna University of Technology PhD Scholarship for International Students

PhD Scholarship

Course(s) Offered: Sciences (biology, ecology)
Course Level: Graduate (phd, research)
Provider: Vienna University of Technology
Country to Study in: Austria

Scholarship Description
A PhD position is available at the research group of environmental microbiology and molecular ecology lead by Andreas Farnleitner at the Institute of Chemical Engineering, Research Area Applied Biochemistry and Gene Technology, Vienna University of Technology, Austria.

The Vienna University of Technology is looking for a highly motivated PhD student to join our research team.

To be eligible, the following apply:
  • Applicants should be experienced with standard methods of molecular microbiology. Interests in biostatistics would be an advantage.
  • Applicants must have a diploma degree in (molecular) microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry or a related subject.
  • Good communication skills, independence, and a sense of responsibility are required.
Eligible groups
International students of any nationality

Participating Institutions
Institute of Chemical Engineering, Research Area Applied Biochemistry and Gene Technology, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Fields of study
Field of Biological sciences - Molecular Environmental Microbiology.

The research interests of the group are focused towards the field of environmental and health-related aquatic microbiology. During the last years the group has been developing and applying new molecular biological approaches for microbial water quality analysis.

The PhD project aims to understand the occurrence, fate and applicability (diagnostic potential) of genetic bacterial and viral markers for human-specific faecal pollution along the urban waste water pathway (i.e. raw sewage, waste water treatment, receiving surface and ground waters).

The PhD position will be part of a bigger project with strong interdisciplinary interactions to national/international cooperation partners.

Number of awards
One (1) will be given

Sponsorship duration
The position is available from January 2010 for 3 to 3.5 years

Scholarship benefits
The salary and conditions will conform with FWF guidelines (Austrian Science Fund) and the position will be associated with the FWF DKplus doctoral programme “Water Resource Systems”.

Method of Application
Applicants should send their letter of motivation, CV and contact information of at least two referees. Short listed candidate will be notified and invited for interview.

Application should be electronically submitted till 21 November 2010 to Priv.-Doz. Andreas Farnleitner (

Inquiries? Priv.-Doz. Andreas Farnleitner at

Application Deadline: 21 November 2010
Open to International Students: Yes

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