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Ref2021: Masters thesis research, Stark Lab

We are looking for a highly motivated student to carry out her/his Master thesis work in the lab of Alex Stark at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna. 

The Group.
The Stark Lab has a long-standing interest in understanding transcriptional regulation of the genome, using high throughput screening for functional elements and transcription regulatory factors. Find out more at  

The project.
The project aims to characterize the regulatory roles of many transcriptional activators, from transcription factors to epigenetic regulators. Specifically, the project will focus on identifying novel transcriptional regulators of different promoter types using CRISPR based screening. In addition to CRISPR screening, the student would gain hands-on experience in other technologies such as Fluorescent Activated Cell Sorting (FACS) and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) based techniques.

The candidate.
The successful candidate for the Masters in molecular biology should:

  • Be highly motivated, curious and creative, and be interested in the topic.
  • Have a solid understanding and passion for molecular biology.
  • Be enrolled in a University Master's programme that allows performing the Master thesis work at independent research institutions like the IMP
  • Prior experience in working in a research lab will be a plus.
  • Be proficient in English (English is the working language in our lab and institute).

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 1,850 employees from 70 countries in four research institutes, three universities and more than 30 biotech companies.

Interested candidates should send a CV, university transcripts (including grades) and a motivation letter to Oliver Hendy (oliver.hendy[at]