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Postdoc opportunities for Israeli scientists

Are you an Israeli scientist looking for a postdoctoral position in the Molecular Life Sciences at a leading European institution? Are you passionate about fundamental research and looking to propel your career forward? The Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) at the Vienna BioCenter offers conditions that Israeli scientists have pointed out as particularly attractive for their specific needs.

Scientific excellence & accessible services

Since the IMP’s opening in 1988, scientists at the IMP have contributed to many ground-breaking discoveries in basic molecular biology, studying a broad range of life-science disciplines. The high quality of their work is regularly rewarded with prizes and honours, and 13 out of 16 IMP group leaders are ERC grantees as of early 2021. This, in combination with the IMP’s 60 to 90 yearly publications in international journals, vouches for the high academic standing of the institute.

As a postdoc, you will benefit from the easy and unbureaucratic access to our service facilities. The IMP enjoys close ties with the other members of the Vienna BioCenter – as a result, you will work embedded into a stimulating research community with around 200 postdocs in 90 different research groups. Scientists frequently highlight the collaborative spirit at the Vienna BioCenter – there is a friendly and sharing atmosphere with many fruitful exchanges. For scientist couples, the size of the community provides good opportunities to find fitting positions for both partners. If you require childcare, the Vienna BioCenter Child Care Center (part of the Vienna BioCenter Core Facilities and free of charge!) ensures that your little one(s) are only a few minutes away from your lab.

The Vienna BioCenter and postdoc opportunities

Daria Riabov Bassat and Elad Bassat have joined the IMP after completing their PhDs at the Weizmann Institute. Daria works in structural biology, Elad in regeneration. As scientist parents of a young child, they know how important strong support structures are in addition to a high-quality research environment to advance their careers.

Everything at the IMP, from the open space environment to the outstanding core facilities , is designed to help scientists. Due to the relatively small size of the institute, the working atmosphere feels more like a friendly “neighbourhood” than a strict research institute in which one could simply knock at the researcher’s door and develop collaborations.

Elad Bassat, Postdoc

The Vienna BioCenter is one of the biggest life sciences hubs in Europe, comprising four top research institutes (the IMP, Max Perutz Labs, IMBA, and GMI), over 35 biotech companies, and 1900 employees from more than 80 countries. Scientists, students, and entrepreneurs come together at the Vienna BioCenter in a dynamic and collaborative community with highly competitive standards. With about 200 postdocs and many more PhD students, the campus teems with stimulating conversations, seminars, and social events.

Postdocs at the IMP are mentored by some of the world’s best molecular biologists and are pushed to explore their full scientific potential. They can organise funding with their mentor, or they can take part in the VIP2 Postdoc Programme, a funded, three-year program that fosters scientific independence and prepares its participants for the next steps in their career.   

Vienna and the IMP – living the good life

Vienna has been repeatedly ranked the most liveable city in the world. It provides all the advantages of a big city while being clean and in close proximity with nature – an excellent environment for young adults and families to grow.

Being here over a year now, I am still amazed by the willingness of the institute to promote a better life for its scientists such as a wonderful on-site kindergarten, free German classes to the scientists and family members, and even in-house routine COVID-19 testing. Altogether, this makes the IMP an ideal fit for me and my family

Elad Bassat

Vienna is easy to both settle in as an expat and to get around with English; nearly half the city’s population has international backgrounds, giving the place a cosmopolitan feel. Austria’s capital is a dynamic hub for culture, art, and history, and provides a very high quality of life. An annual ticket for the entire public transport network costs a Euro per day – and is further subsidised by the institute.

The city is very well suited for life with young children. The government supports young families financially and provides a childcare facility on campus, where all the kids from the institute grow up together.

Daria Riabov Bassat, Reasearch Assistant

For colleagues who want to learn German, the IMP offers free language courses for all international employees and their partners on-site. Other benefits for IMP employees include health insurance, pension plan, five weeks of paid holidays, subsidised meals in the on-site cafeteria, a bicycle shed, and others

From Israel to Vienna… and back

International applicants have the possibility to apply for Career Grants from the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)  to get financial support for their move to Austria. The Agency offers different grant models to support interview travels, relocation, and the professional integration of a partner.

The IMP, while located in a central district of the city, lies within 25 minutes of Vienna International Airport. Under normal travel conditions, the airport offers about 10 daily direct flights to and from Tel Aviv-Yafo, making Israel an easy destination, reached in 3.5 hours.

Tempted?

Then have a look at our research groups to see if there are any that fit your background. Applications can be submitted anytime directly to potential mentors (principal investigators). PIs will also be able to point you to potential funding sources, such as the VIP2 Postdoc Programme.