Open call for applications for the international PhD Programme "Biomolecular Technology of Proteins - BioToP". Application deadline: February 13th, 2019. For detailed information and application guidelines please visit:

Recombinant production of native and engineered proteins by biotechnological and biopharmaceutical means is a complex process that requires an inter- and multidisciplinary educational training in fields ranging from basic biochemistry and cell biology to production systems based on different organisms of varying complexity, bioinformatics and downstream processing. The doctoral program BioToP (Biomolecular Technology of Proteins) integrates basic and applied research in the field of modern recombinant protein science and production (from gene to product).

BioToP is a joint PhD programme of the BOKU Departments of Applied Genetics and Cell Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Food Sciences and Technology, Material Sciences and Process Engineering and Nanobiotechnology, which together constitute the VIBT (Vienna Institute of Biotechnology) of BOKU.

In detail, BioToP provides comprehensive and thorough up-to-date research training in the fields of (i) analysis, design and engineering of proteins, (ii) biosynthesis, posttranslational modifications and trafficking of (recombinant) proteins, (iii) expression systems and cell factories, and (iv) bioinformatics and molecular modelling. The unique cluster of basic and applied research represented by scientists in the field of biotechnology at BOKU provides an excellent infrastructure, the critical mass and a stimulating training environment to facilitate interdisciplinary and translational research.

BioToP provides a unifying educational platform and seeks to attract highly qualified graduate students from all over the world. Students selected by a competitive and transparent admission procedure will have the opportunity to work in any of 15 research teams with excellent scientific competence and infrastructure. Additionally, students will benefit from several existing national and European research networks and industrial competence centres coordinated by BOKU.
PhD students admitted to the BioToP PhD programme will have a regular employment with full social security coverage. Students will receive funding according to the salary scheme of the Austrian Science Fund. Furthermore students will receive financial support for participations at International Conferences and for research stays abroad in collaborating international institutions.

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