Apply for PhD Positions in Microbial Natural Products Research, University of Innsbruck , Austria

Apply for PhD Positions in Microbial Natural Products Research, University of Innsbruck , Austria

We are looking for highly motivated PhD candidates interested in pursuing their career in the area of microbial natural products. The candidate(s) will initially isolate and analyze fungal endophytes of rust susceptible and resistant trees, with the focus to identify taxa associated to rust resistance.

This will be followed by i) LC-MS/MS-based untargeted metabolomics analysis of the selected fungal strains, ii) mass spectrometry- and bioactivity-guided isolation of metabolites, iii) structure elucidation of antifungal metabolites, iv) investigating the ability of selected strains for producing new, unique, and cryptic natural products using silent genes activation techniques.


  • Master in Microbiology/fungal biology/ or related fields;
  • Sterile working techniques, molecular techniques, phylogenetical analysis, bioassays, basics in bioinformatic analysis;
  • Experience in fungal isolation, cultivation, identification, activation of silent genes, OSMAC approach, etc.;
  • Experience in fungal natural products isolation and related techniques;
  • Experience in the area of plant pathogens and performing related bioassays is a plus.

Duration and salary

The positions are for a maximum period of three and half years (initial contract 9 months), and the salary will be according to the personal costs of FWF and the hours of employment (60-75%).


Please include the following files in your application, preferably all in one PDF file:

  • Motivation letter
  • CV including the publication list
  • Diploma and transcript
  • Diploma and transcript (or equal degree)
  • Master or diploma thesis abstract (1-2 page)

Please send your application, including above-mentioned documents and further questions until 30th September 2023 to project PI:


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