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Ref2005: PhD Positions (Balzarotti Lab)

PhD Positions in the fields of Super Resolution Microscopy and Single Molecule Tracking: The research group of Francisco Balzarotti at the Research Institute for Molecular Pathology (IMP) offers several positions for highly motivated PhD students, who are interested in the fields of super reso¬lution microscopy and single molecule tracking.

Our Group. At the Balzarotti Lab, we develop novel optical methods and instrumentation for the observation of biological phenomena with the highest fidelity. We focus on schemes that require outstanding performance in terms of spatial and/or temporal resolution, such as super resolution fluorescence imaging and single-molecule tracking. By bringing together expertise in optics, labelling and photophysics, we develop solutions to transverse obstacles in biology and biophysics within a highly collaborative environment.

The Projects. The advent of Super Resolution Microscopy has unlocked the access to spatial resolutions beyond the diffraction limit of visible light (~250nm), becoming an invaluable tool for exploring the structure and function of biological processes. The recently introduced MINFLUX concept has pushed even further the possibilities of molecular localization in terms of spatio-temporal resolution. Driven by these concepts, the successful candidates will develop instrumentation to fill current technological gaps, while answering concrete biological questions in association with the rich and collaborative environment of the Vienna BioCenter.

The Candidates. The successful candidates should:

  • hold a MSc or equivalent degree in the fields of physics, biophysics or engineering;
  • experience in optics, electronics and/or programming (python, MATLAB, LabView, FPGA and/or GPU) is desirable;
  • experience in wet lab and/or microfluidics is also desirable.

The candidates should be curious, creative and excited about learning new topics and skills! Despite the emphasis on technology development within our group, a candidate with experience, knowledge or curiosity about biology will make a great match. This is the driving force of our environment at the Vienna BioCenter, where there is extensive exposure to diverse topics in biology.

Our Environment. The Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna is a basic biomedical research institute largely sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim. With over 200 scientists from 40 countries, the IMP is committed to scientific discovery of fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying complex biological phenomena. The IMP is located at the Vienna BioCenter, one of Europe’s most dynamic life science hubs with 1,800 employees from 70 countries in four research institutes, three universities and two dozen biotech companies.

Application. Interested candidates should send their application (motivation letter, CV, contact details of two references) by email to francisco.balzarotti[at]

Dr. Francisco Balzarotti
Group Leader
+43(1) 79730-3680