PhD position: Yeast production platform for complex proteins

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PhD position

“Yeast production platform for complex proteins”

Vienna / Austria I 30 hours a week


That’s the project

Yeasts important hosts for production of industrial enzymes and biopharmaceutical proteins. Pichia pastoris is among the most used yeasts for recombinant protein production, and strong efforts have been made over the last years to develop tools for efficient strain development. In this project, acib will work on synthetic biology tools to enable rapid strain design to produce several difficult-to-express proteins.

Two PhDs are offered in that project:

PhD1: The project will focus on the development, validation and implementation of a synthetic biology toolset for Pichia pastoris

PhD2: The project will focus on design customized Pichia pastoris strains for several complex proteins, and the development and validation of fermentation processes for their production.

That could be your future me

You are part of a highly interacting interdisciplinary project team, you are at the front of synthetic biology research with an industrially used microorganism and you work in collaboration with an international industrial partner. Additional you start to build up your scientific network in an international team of researchers. You are working in an enjoyable work climate, you deal with flexible working hours, have numerous possibilities for further education and personal development. You are part of a helpful work environment full of team spirit and enthusiasm for your job.

That’s important to us

Master’s degree or equivalent in biotechnology, molecular biology, biochemical engineering, biochemistry, or similar study

Strong practical experience in molecular biology and/or bioreactor cultivations requested, and scientific interest in synthetic biology and bioinformatics applications desired.

Excellent skills in spoken and written English, an organized approach with strong attention to detail and good communication skills with ability to work well in teams.

You should enjoy the work in an international interdisciplinary environment.

That’s what you should know

It is intended to offer a minimum yearly gross payment of EUR 30,200.

Starting date January/February 2020

Research will take place in the research groups Profs. Diethard Mattanovich and Brigitte Gasser at the Department of Biotechnology of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU).

For more details on the two PhD positions please visit:



And now the stage is yours! Give us an idea about you.

Get in touch here: I 01_2020 for PhD1 or 02_2020 for PhD2

Application deadline: 20th December 2019

Please submit a detailed CV, letter of motivation, publication list, copies of your university degree documents, and contact details of up to 3 referees. Of course, we welcome applicants of all sexes (m/w/x), backgrounds and ages.

ACIB – the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology – is one of the leading research centres in the field of industrial biotechnology. ACIB is dedicated to joint research at the industrial-academic interface. Seven Austrian Universities and more than 50 leading industry partners are working together within the ACIB research programme.


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