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Career & Education

Education is a core mission of IMBA. Scientific research - the creation of knowledge - is only meaningful if it is transferred to others. Here, together with our partner institutes at the Vienna BioCenter, we empower young scientists to break boundaries and make discoveries, while instilling them with our own knowledge and expertise. 

Scientific Training @ the Vienna BioCenter

International VBC PhD Programme

International VBC PhD Programme

All PhD Students at IMBA are part of the Vienna BioCenter (VBC) International PhD Programme in Life Sciences, jointly organized by IMP, IMBA, GMI and MFPL, in close collaboration with the University of Vienna. The VBC PhD Programme has established itself as one of the premier programs in biology and life sciences in the heart of Europe.

Empowering curious researchers” is the motto of the VBC PhD Programme.  To promote effective mentoring of PhD Candidates, we ensure that all candidates have the support and resources necessary to develop important research projects that are based on rigorous science.

VBC PhD Students attend a 3-week introductory course - Priming your PhD – which helps them to develop and implement their research projects. Throughout their training, students (and postdocs) present their work to the campus community at the Monday Seminars.  This weekly seminar series is a great vehicle to share knowledge and expertise between different groups and different institutes. At the same time, the seminars are a great way to obtain compelling presentation skills.

A flexible curriculum designed for and with PhD students: Diverse seminars and journal clubs occur on a regular basis for trainees to enrich and expand their interests. Additionally, students may participate in several advanced courses (e.g. writing, advanced microscopy, data analysis, etc.) and career development workshops. Each student is free to choose the courses he/she prefers, or can suggest and develop a new course. Every year, students organize different activities, including a Retreat and a Symposium. 

The programme holds two international calls per year and recruits approximately 15 motivated young scientists in each call.

For more information and current calls visit:

PostDoc Opportunities

PostDoc Opportunities

At IMBA you will find the freedom to pursue your ideas in an encouraging and extremely supportive environment. The research infrastructure enables virtually any research experience. Additionally, in collaboration with the other research institutes, IMBA offers a professional development programme specifically designed to support postdocs transitioning into an independent position and empower them to be pioneers.

To apply, please contact a Group Leader directly.

Master Projects

Master Projects

Although IMBA does not offer a formal programme for Master Students, most labs host Master Students during their thesis or for placements/internships. If you are highly motivated and fascinated by the work of one of our research groups, then please contact the relevant group leader and enquire about opportunities to join the lab during your Master’s research. Positions for master students are also advertised on this website under “open positions”.

VBC Summer School

VBC Summer School

The Vienna BioCenter Summer School offers a 9-week fellowship programme for current Bachelor and Master students to develop pertinent research projects. This unique opportunity allows each fellow to develop a research project in one of the groups. Summer fellows are given ample supervision, full access to our facilities, and generous stipends, so that they can be fully dedicated to their professional development. The programme includes the following components:

  • An Independent Research Project

Each fellow develops a project where she/he performs experiments, analyses data, generates ideas, and discusses results.

  • A Lecture Series

A series of lectures given by faculty members informs fellows about recent discoveries and state-of-the-art techniques in their respective field.

  • A Scientific Symposium

The symposium, completely organized by the fellows, gives each fellow the opportunity to present their findings to their colleagues, and the scientific community on campus.

Detailed information about the programme can be found on the VBC Scientific Training website:

Additional Job Offers

For more information about our career opportunities or if you would like to apply for one of our offered positions, please contact Sabine Steurer, Head of Recruiting & Development.