In the spirit of Max Perutz, who tirelessly advocated the value of creativity and out-of-the-box thinking in science, we are looking for
motivated, creative, independent young scientists who have started their PhD study at the Max Perutz Labs no longer than 1.5 years before the application deadline and have already held their first thesis advisory committee meeting.
innovative projects with the potential to yield new insights into fundamental biological processes.
Successful candidates will be offered standard 30-hr/week PhD contracts with full benefits and additional travel expenses of up to €500 per year that can be used to fund active participation in scientific conferences or research stays abroad.
Announcement: October 15
Application deadline: December 15
Max Perutz Labs PhD students who started no longer than 1.5 years before the application deadline and have already held their first thesis advisory committee (TAC) meeting and submitted their thesis agreement and accompanying documents (see https://molekularebiologie.univie.ac.at/approval-of-thesis-project/).
Re-applications are not possible.
Evaluation: 2-step evaluation
1st step: evaluation of written applications
2nd step: interviews (top 6 applications from the 1st step)
If fellowships are awarded by another funding body (e.g. ÖAW), the external fellowship shall be accepted and the Max Perutz PhD Fellowship will be retained in name only.
Number of awards:
up to 2 awards per call
Application form including:
Scientific abstract (max. 2000 characters incl. spaces)
Research proposal (max. 10 pages including reference list). The proposal must include information on the state of the art, including relevant literature citations, as well as information on methods, potential pitfalls and backup plans, and a goal-oriented time plan
Statement from PhD supervisor (to be submitted directly to the selection committee)
Candidates will be ranked based on their written application and on the results of a personal interview with the selection committee. The interviews will take place in April.
Pavel Kovarik, Director Vienna BioCenter PhD Program
Thomas Leonard, Deputy Director, Vienna BioCenter PhD Program
Alwin Köhler, Scientific Director, Max Perutz Labs