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[ccp4bb] Research Technician Position in University of Vienna, Austria

Research technician position
is available in the research group of Kristina Djinovic-Carugo in the Department for Structural and Computational Biology, Max. F. Perutz Laboratories of the University of Vienna, Austria. The main area of the group research is structural biology of F-actin based cytoskeleton, with main focus on striated muscle. The lab uses an integrative structural biology approach combining biophysical and high resolution structural studies (macromolecular crystallography being the main technique) with lower resolution approaches (SAXS, SANS, EM) or specific distance information (chemical cross-linking coupled to mass-spectrometry, NMR).


The Department for Structural and Computational Biology is equipped with state of the art instrumentation/facilities to carry out all steps from cloning, protein _expression_ and purification, to X-ray diffraction, biomolecular NMR, as well as for a series of biophysical and optical spectroscopy techniques. The Department is located on Vienna Campus Biocenter, which is the largest life sciences hub in Austria. Vienna is frequently ranked the world’s best city to live in. It is a United Nations city with a large English-speaking community.


Job Responsibilities

You will be assisting in the lab on a variety of biochemical and biophysical studies, including gene cloning, protein _expression_, purification, and characterization of purified protein by various biochemical and biophysical techniques, and protein crystallization. You are also expected to help with management of laboratory, together with lab-manager of the research group.


The Candidate

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate who is enthusiastic to work in an ambitious and multidisciplinary team and fits the following profile:

  • Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or a related field
  • Excellent understanding of the theoretical and technical principles of common techniques in protein biochemistry and molecular biology, such as molecular cloning, protein _expression_ and purification and biophysical characterization.
  • Practical experience with molecular biology, molecular cloning techniques, protein purification, and biochemistry is essential; experience in insect and/or mammalian cell culture is an asset.
  • Experience with protein crystallization, biophysical characterization and structure determination will be highly valued.
  • She/He should be willing to acquire further skills and contribute to the development of new methods.
  • Excellent command of English (spoken and written) is a must, German skills are an asset. Computer literacy and experience of using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint is essential.


Application details: if you want to join an exiting project and become a member of our interdisciplinary team please compile an application package containing:

  • Letter of interest
  • Your CV
  • Contact details for two references

and submit your application to Kristina Djinovic Carugo (to e-mail: admin.vbc5@univie.ac.at) by March 12th, 2017.


This is a full-time post for up to 2 years with the possibility for extension to max 7 years subject to successful evaluation. The post is funded by the Christian Doppler Laboratory for HighContent Structural Biology and Biotechnology and is available for immediate start.

Brutto salary for 40 hours/week is EUR 2023,40.

Department of Structural and Computational Biology
Max F. Perutz Laboratories
University of Vienna
Vienna Biocenter (VBC), Campus Vienna Biocenter 5 
A-1030 Vienna

e-mail: kristina.djinovic@univie.ac.at
Phone: +43-1-4277-52203
Phone: +43-1-4277-52201 (secretary)
Mobile A: +43-664-602 77-522 03
Fax: +43-1-4277-9522