We're hiring! FWF Cluster of Excellence "Microbiomes Drive Planetary Health"


The recently established FWF Cluster of Excellence "Microbiomes Drive Planetary Health" unites microbiome research in Austria, bringing together 8 leading research institutions with strengths in many highly relevant areas of microbiome research, from the human microbiome to global change microbiology.

Our goal is to strategically link environmental, human, and methodological microbiome research to explore and understand fundamental principles of microbiomes across systems. This program is funded by the FWF Exzellenzinitiative excellent=Austria. The first, 5-year period of funding for "Microbiomes drive Planetary Health" begins in October 2023. 

We are looking for >30 postdoctoral research associates, >16 PhD students and >10 technicians to join our interdisciplinary research team at 8 institutions across Austria. We invite applications from excellent, curious, and open-minded scientists to develop their potential in one of 17 work packages, spanning environmental, human, and methodological topics. To explore these positions and our diverse work packages, visit https://microplanet.at/wp.

Alongside these research positions, we are also looking for PostDocs and technicians to support and strengthen six of our method facilities – ranging from environmental mass spectrometry to bioinformatics. To explore open positions at our labs, visit https://microplanet.at/mf.

Successful candidates (PhDs, PostDocs and technicians) will have full access to 10 cutting-edge method facilities and will benefit from a unique and comprehensive mentoring and training program, including training in microbiome methods, transferable skills and entrepreneurship, as well as active career planning.

All PhD positions are fully funded for 4 years. The duration of advertised PostDoc and technician positions varies (up to 4 years).

Applications are open from July 14th.

Review of applications begins immediately after August 15th, 2023, and continues until positions are filled.

Details on the projects, positions, required qualifications, and application procedure can be found at https://microplanet.at.