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Ref2309: Research Assistant (m/f/x), full time

The Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna pursues world-class research in basic molecular biology. It is located at the Vienna BioCenter and largely sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim. With over 250 scientists from 40 countries, the IMP is committed to scientific discovery of fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying complex biological phenomena.

The ERC-funded Balzarotti Group offers a position for a highly motivated Research Assistant, who is interested in the fields of super reso­lution light microscopy, photophysics, single molecule studies and optics. 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.

Research assistant scientific tasks:

  • Tissue culture and cell preparation
  • Immunostaining
  • Fluorescence in-situ hybridization
  • Bioconjugation chemistry
  • Folding and design of DNA-Origami
  • STORM, PALM and DNA-PAINT super-resolution imaging
  • Protocol optimization

Research assistant managing tasks:

  • Wet lab and Optics lab maintenance (organization, inventory, purchases, infrastructure, safety)
  • Coordination with institute services (purchasing, facility management, etc.)
  • Group organization (documentation, meeting preparation/reporting, internal activities)

Your Profile

  • Training in molecular biology (e.g. Master and/or PhD)
  • Experience in light microscopy (confocal and/or wide-field microscopy)
  • Results-oriented team player with a proactive mentality
  • Collaborative mindset and motivation to work in an international, interdisciplinary environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English (German language skills are not required)
  • Excellent organizational skills

Desirable skills:

  • Experience in the field of super resolution microscopy
  • Experience in single molecule studies and photophysical characterizations
  • Programming/scripting skills (e.g. Python)

Our Offer

The successful candidate will be part of a stimulating research environment at the Vienna BioCenter, a life-science hub in the vibrant city of Vienna, Austria, which is frequently ranked the world’s best city to live in. We provide an unparalleled training opportunity with world-class support at the group-, institute-, and campus-level and closely collaborate with an international network of scientists, clinicians, and industry. The annual gross salary starts from EUR 32,200, - or higher - for a full-time position (40 hrs/week), depending on qualification and experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package. The employment will be limited to two years with possible extension.

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Applications, including a letter of motivation describing your particular interest in this position and past research experiences, a CV, and the names and contact details of referees, should be submitted online.