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[ccp4bb] Research Technician Position in Structural Biology in Vienna

Dear Colleagues

I would really appreciate if you could share the following information regarding this available position in my group.
Best regards and thanks



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 Z-disk of 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 provide specific technical support to a research project related to structural biology of muscle Z-disk interactome, and assist in the lab on a variety of biochemical, biophysical and structural studies, including gene cloning, protein _expression_, purification, and characterization of purified protein by various biochemical and biophysical techniques, as well as 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 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 needed; experience in insect and/or mammalian cell culture is an asset.
  • Experience with protein crystallization, biophysical characterization and structure determination will be highly valued.
  • The ability to work to efficiently work as part of a team is essential  
  • 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 exciting 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 February 5th, 2018.


This is a 30-35 h/week post for up to 6 years, subject to successful evaluation after one year. The post is funded by the University of Vienna, and is available for start in March 2018. Gross salary according to collective agreement of Univ Vienna is EUR 2254,20 for 40 hours/week.

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