Open positions

PhD student or PostDoc position in bioinformatics for marine prospecting

Despite ongoing efforts to increase the percentage of renewable energy resources, hydrocarbons (HC), i.e. oil and gas will remain an important energy source for the next several decades. One of the key factors to reach EU’s ambitious goals in reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is the replacement of coal by alternative energy sources, mainly natural gas. Utilizing EU-borne energy resources is a key factor for reaching these goals. Prospection of fossil fuels in densely populated areas like Europe is bound to tight environmental regulations and comes at economic costs. The need to decarbonize our energy system and promote the sustainability of European economies leads to conventional hydrocarbon prospection facing public resistance. Finding a balance between energy demands and responsible management of environmental resources remains a challenge in the years ahead. The EU project PROSPECTOMICS is going to provide a possible solution by deploying a radically new approach based on biomolecules like DNA, RNA and proteins related to hydrocarbon-degrading microorganisms in marine sediments.

CUBE, the Division of Computational Systems Biology, is a group of bioinformaticians and computational biologists. We are interested in understanding of biological systems, ranging from single species to multi-species systems and ecosystems, based on data from large-scale bioanalytical methods. We develop, improve and apply computational methods for the interpretation of molecular information in biology, and establishes and analyses quantitative mathematical models. Within the EU project PROSPECTOMICS, we will analyse and model the experimentally generated data. We will use recent bioinformatic methods to assemble, bin and interpret metagenomic data, with specific focus on microbial degradation. We will statistically and functionally analyse metatranscriptomic and metaproteomic data. We will integrate all data with statistical models and will develop predictive models by using latest machine learning approaches. 

If you are interested in joining this project as PhD student or PostDoc, we look forward to your application. Please send your CV, motivation letter and scientific references to

Opportunities for ad-hoc applications

Student research assistant

Graduate student


Student research assistant positions

We are continuously looking for student research assistants in the fields of:

  • programming of web server applications
  • programming of applications in computational biology
  • scientific journalism and public dissemination of our work

Payment will be arranged according to the FWF personnel costs table. Period of employment and the number of weekly hours are up to individual agreements (up to 10 hours per week are possible).
Students interested in computational biology and having a reasonable background in one of the fields mentioned are encouraged to apply to Thomas Rattei.

Graduate student (pre-doc) positions
From project funding we are regularly hiring graduate students working on computational biology research projects in our lab. Payment will be according to the FWF personnel costs table. If your background and interests match one of our research areas, please get in touch wih us via e-Mail to Thomas Rattei.

Graduate student (pre-doc) fellowships
Our research projects provide permanently new topics for PhD theses. We are happy to help you to apply for a PhD fellowship.

Post-Doc positions

We encourage computational biologists in their early career (typically up to 3 years after their PhD defense or getting their PhD soon) to contact Thomas Rattei for job opportunities in our labs. Numerous funding sources for post-doctoral fellowships are available:

  • The Austrian Science Funds (FWF) has several funding programmes supporting Post-doctoral fellows: Stand-alone projects for funding the own position, the Meitner programme for international researchers incoming to Austria, and several carreer development programmes for female scientists.
  • The European Research Council (ERC) offers several Marie-Curie fellowships for Europeans on non-Europeans. There are versions for Postdoctoral researches relocating within Europe (IEF), or for coming back to their home country (ERG, IRG), for example. The ERC also offers Marie-Curie fellowships for researches of any nationality, the Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships, to finance research at a European host institution.
  • EMBO Long-Term Fellowships support post-doctoral researchers for visits up to two years. For eligibility, the applicant must move between countries and must have passed her/his PhD exam in the two years prior to the respective application deadline. Deadlines are 15 February and 15 August.
  • The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) offers Postdoctoral Fellowships to nationals of participating countries. These are (as of 01/2011): all EU member countries, Australia, Canada, India, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Switzerland, and the USA. The application deadline is typically towards the end of November.
  • FEBS Long-Term Fellowships are available for up to 3 years of postdoctoral work. Application deadlines are usually April 1st and October 1st.