Post Doc Position on Algae Synthesis of Biomolecules

The project:

Algae synthesize important biomolecules. This project aims to analyze, annotate and characterize a biosynthetic pathway connected to the Golgi apparatus of algae. Respective genes coding for the envisioned pathway shall be identified from genomics and proteomics data, available either from public data sets and/or from Golgi isolations and proteome data, established during this project. Enzymatic activities shall then be expressed and characterized in a yeast model.

The basic research project is fully funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

Research will take place at the Institute of Microbiology & Microbial Biotechnology, Department of Biotechnology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU)

Requirements of the candidate:

  • We are looking for a solution-oriented, persistent researcher with an independent, well-structured and goal-oriented working style.
  • PhD or equivalent degree in Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics or a similar field of study.
  • Strong practical experience in molecular biology techniques and bioinformatics tools to analyze sequencing and proteomics data. Experience in organelle preparations desired.
  • Fluent with basic and advanced computational tools for processing and annotating sequencing data.
  • Excellent skills in spoken and written English.

Main duties:

  • Identification of a specific biosynthetic pathway from algae from genome sequences and proteomics data
  • Process raw sequencing data into annotated information
  • Preparation of the Golgi apparatus from algae and yeast
  • Proteomics sample preparation and data analysis
  • Cloning of genes and expression in yeast
  • Characterization of the enzymatic activities using suitable methods
  • Publication of data
  • Co-supervision of Bachelor or Master students

Start date: 01.01.2022 for duration of 1.5 years (terminated contract)


Please apply by email to birgit.marckhgott(at) 

Application deadline: Nov 24, 2021

with a single PDF file containing:

  • a detailed CV and publication list,
  • a motivation letter,
  • copies of university degree documents, 
  • contact information (phone number and email) and
  • contact details of up to  3 academic referees

Scientific contact: Dr. Hans Marx (

We are dedicated to a well-balanced gender ratio, therefore this job advertisement addresses qualified male and female persons equally. The employment contract is classified as Postdoc according to standard personnel costs and salaries for FWF Project Proposals.

→ Job advertisement for download as pdf-file

Bachelor or Diploma/Master Thesis Positions

Bachelor and master thesis projects are available upon request.

If you are interested in our research and would like to do your thesis in our lab please contact us!