WWTF Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators

BOKU call for candidates in the field of Computational Biosciences

Vienna Research Group Leader in the field of Computational Biosciences
supported by a grant of EUR 1.6 million by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund

The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), is one of Europe's leading universities in the field of life sciences (https://boku.ac.at/en/about-boku). Upon combining natural sciences, engineering and economic sciences, BOKU aims at increasing knowledge of the ecologically and economically sustainable use of natural resources.

BOKU is looking for candidates to start a research group in the field of computational methods in the life sciences.

With this position BOKU aims to strengthen its profile in molecular life sciences. Complementary to existing expertise in biochemistry, cell biology, metabolomics, metabolic engineering, molecular modeling, bioinformatics and bioprocess engineering, we seek to establish a group in the field of metabolic modeling. Major topics will be the development of methods to model metabolism of microbial and higher eukaryotic cells, metabolic resource allocation, and the interface of metabolic and bioprocess models.

The aim of this announcement is to source exceptional candidates, who, once selected, will then go on to submit an application together with experienced scientists at the BOKU Vienna Institute of BioTechnology (VIBT) to the current call for young investigators. The Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF) addresses Vienna-based universities and research institutions that intend to hire an excellent young researcher from abroad for setting-up and managing an independent research group (see also www.wwtf.at).

Your profile:

  • PhD in a field of computational biosciences. In line with the WWTF guidelines, the PhD was awarded between 2 and 8 years ago.
  • Strong background in metabolic modeling in an area mentioned above
  • Excellent publication record in the field
  • Ambition to collaborate with diverse research groups in the fields of cell biology and cell engineering, bioprocess engineering, biochemistry, and analytical chemistry
  • Ambition to build an internationally renowned research group
  • According to the WWTF guidelines, the call is open for researchers currently based outside of Austria.

What BOKU offers:

  • Official nomination and support for the Vienna Science and Technology Fund program “Computational Biosciences” (https://www.wwtf.at/upload/VRG20_print_v1.pdf), which provides funding of up to EUR 1.6 million over six years to the successful candidates.
  • A group leader position at University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), upon successful application to the above-mentioned program.
  • A tenure track position upon positive evaluation of the group leader´s performance, a stimulating research environment and excellent research infrastructure.


Application deadline: April 23rd, 2020

To apply for this position, please send your documents in English to the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, for the attention of Anna Haider (anna.haider(at)boku.ac.at), reference: “Vienna Research Groups Computational Biology”. 

The application documents should comprise:

Application letter including a brief description of current research interests and research plans for the immediate future

Curriculum vitae including

  • list of publications with specification of five key publications which the applicant considers particularly relevant to the advertised position
  • list of talks given including information about invited keynote lectures at international conferences, list of acquired third-party funds (subject, duration, origin, volume) as well as, if applicable, inventions/patents)
  • overview of academic teaching and supervised theses, especially doctoral theses and
  • information about experience in organization, management and leadership as well as experience as a publisher, functions in research societies or programme committees

For scientific questions please contact Prof. Diethard Mattanovich, Department of Biotechnology (diethard.mattanovich(at)boku.ac.at)

For details regarding this call please contact Elisabeth Denk (elisabeth.denk(at)boku.ac.at), Research Support, Innovation & Technology Transfer of BOKU.