Univerza Dunaj

Date of publication: 15. 1. 2024
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doktorski študij (študentsko delo ali redna zaposlitev, rok za prijavo 15. marec, 2024)

Apply for one to three of the ten available international PhD positions in the PROHITS doctoral network project. This collaborative project between eleven participant organisations from six countries, including both academia and biotech industry, will offer a comprehensive and cross-disciplinary structured curriculum for doctoral students. 10 fellowships (for DCs, Doctoral Candidates) are available in the areas of microfluidics, mass spectrometry, synthetic biology, bioinformatics and genome modelling.

Genome-scale network models in Vienna:

In the PhD project at the University of Vienna, you will develop, reconstruct, and curate (enzyme-constraint) genome-scale metabolic models (GEMs) of thermophilic prokaryotes for use as microbial cell factories. In close collaboration with experimental partners, you will integrate multi-omics data obtained into the GEMs and computationally derive a holistic understanding of the thermal response of the proteome of thermophiles.

Equipped with this knowledge you will:

improve our understanding of host physiology and metabolism under different cultivation conditions; and computationally design, predict and optimize industrial process conditions to improve product titre, rate, and yield (TRY) of a microbial cell factory under extreme conditions. You will be based in the group of Jürgen Zanghellini at the Department of Analytical Chemistry and intensively collaborate with experimental partners at NovoArc in Vienna, a company that develops and manufactures unique lipids derived from the extremophilic Archaeon Sulfolobus acidocaldarius for applications in drug encapsulation and delivery. In addition, you will spend a 3-month secondment at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB, Brussels) linking single cell protein level data to the developed models.

The project is part of a computational/experimental EU MSCA-DN project with a total of 10 Ph.D. students, and is highly interdisciplinary. Your focus will be on the computational part. Thus, good coding skills (preferentially Python) are essential. Knowledge of machine learning/artificial intelligence as well as basic biochemical knowledge is desirable Skills in the field of -omics as well as background knowledge on archaeal biology is a bonus. Candidates must be motivated to learn about all disciplines relevant to the project.

Candidates must be fluent in English.

Applications must be submitted online in English following the instructions and respecting the conditions at https://bit.ly/prohits. The deadline for applications is 15/03/2024 at 23:59 (CET)

Further general information about the PROHITS project: http://prohits.eu

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