Questions on IMBA
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What is IMBA?
IMBA is a basic research institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences where an international team of scientists conducts curiosity driven research to determine molecular mechanisms of biological processes in health and disease.
What is the scientific focus of IMBA?
IMBA values diversity. We use a wide array of model organisms including mouse, fly, microorganisms and Tetrahymena, to tackle basic biological questions at the molecular level, to understand how these processes are controlled in health and disease. IMBA uses state of the art methodologies in cell biology, structural biology, biochemistry, genomics and genetics to tackle these questions at all levels of complexity.
How is IMBA connected to other institutes on the Vienna Biocenter campus?
IMBA shares all scientific and administrative infrastructures with its partner institute, the IMP. Shared seminar culture, administration and joint access to scientific services make for the smooth operation of a closely linked scientific community, where each institute has its own individual identity. Scientific services are also shared with the GMI, which is a plant biology institute in the same building. IMBA is also connected to the MFPL with whom it shares the VBC PhD program and a joint weekly seminar series. Other common facilities on campus include the Campus Science Support Facilities (CSF), the VBC summer school and the Campus Child Care Center.
What are the educational aims of IMBA?
At IMBA we believe that science and education are inseparable. We offer an excellent research environment for undergraduates, PhD students and post docs to “learn on the job” and experience the intellectual freedom that goes hand in hand with the superb infrastructure, generous funding and passion for science that are the hallmarks of IMBA. In addition we offer specific training at each level, for example the international summer school training courses for PhD students and for post docs, to help prepare each generation for the next step.
Can I come to IMBA as an undergraduate? Can I do my Diploma at IMBA?
IMBA welcomes undergraduates for internships of several months, and diploma students for up to a year. Please contact group leaders directly to enquire about internships and diploma positions. You can also apply to our international summer school, which brings together students from all over the world for an intensive “hands on” research training school each year.
How long does a PhD at IMBA take?
An IMBA PhD takes between 3-4 years.
How can I do my PhD at IMBA?
PhD students at IMBA are recruited through the Vienna Biocenter international PhD program. More information on the program and the selection procedure can be found here >>PhD@IMBA.
What additional training opportunities are available for Phd students?
In addition to the opportunity to perform your PhD research in a highly dynamic and exciting environment, IMBA is committed to investing in your future by providing you with the “extra ingredients” you will need for success in your future career. We offer regular workshops on presentation skills for PhD students, and a PhD lecture series given by faculty members and invited speakers. Each PhD student gives a yearly institute seminar and regular additional presentations at group meetings and international conferences. In addition, PhD students have the possibility and funds to invite external seminar speakers to IMBA and to organize an annual conference on a topic of their choice. These networking and training opportunities give IMBA students a unique opportunity to learn vital skills for their future life in science.
How do I apply as a post doc to IMBA?
Scientists interested in carrying out post doctoral training at IMBA should apply directly to individual research groups.
What funding is available for IMBA post docs?
Group leaders have some core funding for post docs, and there is excellent support available from the Grant management department for fellowship applicants.
What additional training opportunities are available for post docs ?
As a post doc you not only need to write papers and grants, but also to prepare for the next step in your career. The IMBA post doc training programme is designed to give you a competitive edge on the job market by providing a high level of training in additional skills for your future career development. Besides providing an optimal environment to do the highest level of science, IMBA is committed to also provide soft skill education to support post docs for their tasks both during their post doc period and for their next stage of their career. Currently, the post doc training program is designed to improve skills in grant writing, paper writing and leadership in which all courses are operated by excellent and experienced coaches.
How many groups are there at IMBA, and how large are they?
Currently, IMBA has eight junior research groups and four senior groups. Junior groups can have up to nine members while senior groups typically have around 18 members.
What is the career structure for an IMBA junior group leader?
Junior group leaders are recruited for 8 years, with an evaluation after 5 years. Junior group leaders typically have just finished their post-doctoral position when starting their first own research group at IMBA.
What is the institute support for IMBA group leaders?
IMBA offers a highly competitive start up package to new junior group leaders. Groupleader positions come with a generous salary and sufficient support to run a research group. This includes up to four institute funded positions for junior groupleaders and generous running costs. In addition, the institute covers all investments to set up a research laboratory and provides free access to all scientific infrastructures. This includes access to the mouse house, a Drosophila facility, sequencing, oligonucleotide and peptide synthesis, mass spectrometry, bio-optics as well as a genomics facility with microarray and second-generation DNA sequencing support. Groupleaders are encouraged to expand upon this core funding by attracting additional external funding.