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Vienna BioCenter (VBC) PhD Programme
Vienna BioCenter (VBC) PhD Programme
Vienna, Austria

Vienna BioCenter (VBC) PhD Programme

Empowering Curious Researchers
..…at a leading Life Science location in the heart of Europe

The Vienna BioCenter is a leading life science location in Europe: a thriving campus that combines basic research, universities and biotech companies.  Our programme has been successfully running since 1993, providing students from all over the world with exceptional training. As a student at the VBC you will be supervised by top scientists and have full access to state-of-the-art facilities, thus giving you the opportunity to launch a successful scientific career. English is the working language in all the institutes.

Our training programs are designed to prime and/or advance learning of critical skills, while supporting students and postdocs to become independent, critical and innovative thinkers, establish professional networks and ultimately move on to a next position.

We are looking for young motivated and ambitious students, who are excited about science and want to contribute for its advancement. We expect our students to work hard, but we also provide competitive salaries, numerous social benefits and support for career development.

Four Research Institutes collaborate in creating an exceptional training environment, where researchers have all the necessary resources to conduct meaningful projects: there is virtually no experiment that cannot be done at the VBC.

The VBC PhD Programme is jointly organized by:

Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP): www.imp.ac.at

Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA): www.imba.oeaw.ac.at

Gregor Mendel Institute (GMI): www.gmi.oeaw.ac.at

Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL): www.mfpl.ac.at

International PhD Programme in Molecular Life Sciences

The Vienna BioCenter (VBC) PhD Programme is a research-oriented educational programme that aims to support the scientific training of young graduates. Students learn through original (supervised) research projects; at the end of their studies they will be able to carry out independent research projects. The VBC Programme ensures that its students have protected time, mentorship, core facilities and a vibrant intellectual atmosphere.

The VBC PhD Programme has three main components:

  1. Supervised research project.
  2. Introductory Course (three weeks), to introduce the research topics and technologies, thus ensuring an effective use of all facilities and promoting networking within the campus community.
  3. Flexible curriculum: Lectures and seminar series, workshops, practical courses and journal clubs.

Furthermore VBC PhD students:

  • Present a short, formal talk on their PhD research to the VBC scientific community, once a year.
  • Have a thesis committee, which meets once a year to discuss the research plan and its progress or any other issues that may arise.
  • Contribute to the management of the institutes, through representatives, and organize events that promote networking and career development, such as an annual retreat and a symposium.
  • Are encouraged to present their scientific discoveries at international meetings. Most students attend several conferences during their time at the VBC.
  • May participate in short-term projects in other labs, allowing them to meet scientists at other research institutions.

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