Thursday, March 24, 2011

Vienna Biocenter PhD Programme


The Vienna BioCenter is a campus of scientific excellence. Four world-class research institutes in the modern, fun city Vienna make up the VBC. Research at the VBC covers a range of topics in modern biological sciences, including gene regulation, cell division, neural circuits, and evolutionary genomics. The VBC PhD programme supports its students in their scientific explorations, providing state-of-the-art equipment, expert scientific advisors, and extensive scientific and administrative support. The VBC PhD programme is the place for young researchers to put their creativity, ideas, and enthusiasm to work, addressing fundamental questions about how life works.

The Vienna Biocenter International PhD programme in Molecular Life Sciences is the longest running and most successful PhD programme at the Vienna Biocenter. Successful candidates in this programme have access to excellent facilities and an internationally competitive stipend.

A PhD at the VBC usually lasts three or four years. The initial contract for incoming PhD students is for three years. If students are making progress in their research and would like to stay in the lab for an additional year, the thesis committee can grant an extension. All students are expected to complete their degrees within four years.

VBC PhD salary?

Yes. The salaries offered to VBC students are among the highest for PhD programmes in Europe. Vienna is not an expensive city to live in. Students can live comfortably – many even save money – during their time at the VBC.

The PhD student yearly salary in 2010 is € 27,461 (gross) which is € 21,145 (net).

Getting into the VBC PhD programme requires three things: a written application, a personal interview, and a PhD position offer from a VBC group leader.

What’s required?

• Completed online application
• Two letters of recommendation
• A university degree that would formally qualify you to enter a PhD or equivalent programme in the country where the degree was obtained. We welcome applicants from the USA and the United Kingdom and we would ask you to contact the administrator for further details of how to apply
• less than 30 years of age at the time of application

How does the selection work?

A panel of VBC faculty first reviews all complete applications. Candidates with strong academic achievements, clear scientific thinking, and dedication and interest in research are invited to Vienna for interviews. All prospective students come to the VBC campus for five days, during which, they have the opportunity to learn first-hand more about the programme, life in Vienna, and research at the VBC. The VBC PhD programme covers travel costs and accommodation during the visit. A formal interview on the second day requires that the prospective students present a short “journal club” and their own research experience to a panel of VBC faculty. More details about the formal interview are provided to students when they are invited.

Candidates who perform well in the interview then have two days to discuss potential research projects with individual group leaders and get to know the different labs. During this discussion period, students prioritize the groups they would like to join. Finally, group leaders offer positions to the students who best fit the project and the lab. Candidates have 3 weeks to accept or decline the offer.

Assessment and selection procedure

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of their application and the letters of recommendation. Short-listed candidates will be invited for a five-day interview procedure in Vienna. We will reimburse round trip travel expenses and provide free accommodation.

Summer Deadline – 15 May each year
Interview Dates – first week of July

Winter Deadline – 15 November each year
Interview Dates – last week of January

Contact detail

Christopher Robinson
PhD Programme Administrator
Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (I.M.P.)
Dr. Bohr-Gasse 7
A-1030 Vienna
Tel.: +43 1 797 30/3001

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

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