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2 PhD positions in neural stem cell biology

Contribute with your creativity and passion to the research activities of an international team of scientists in a vibrant field of biomedicine.

Eurac Research in Bolzano/Bozen in a Tandem Doctoral Program with the University of Innsbruck, Austria is looking for two highly motivated PhD students to work on projects related to understanding the underlying causes of either neurodegenerative or neurodevelopmental disorders combining stem cell biology with genetics, molecular biology and cellular biology in a systems biology approach with potential clinical impact.

You will have the unique possibility to develop an attractive and competitive research project on patient derived iPS cells, using cutting edge techniques such as CRISPR/CAS9 gene editing, organoid derivation along with functional and biochemical characterization of iPS-derived neurons, using confocal microscopy and electrophysiology.

Be part of a project between two international research centers, using state-of-the-art powerful tools in many fields of biomedical science to build link between basic and systems biology, for greater disease understanding, drug discovery and potential clinical translation. The collaborative PhD projects will be carried out at the University of Innsbruck and at the Institute for Biomedicine at Eurac Research in Bolzano/Bozen. The PhD students will be affiliated with both Institutions and are expected to alternate their presence between Bolzano and Innsbruck.

Training in this tandem program is designed to enable young researchers to reach a level of excellence that will allow them to compete for the most attractive post-doc positions in academic and industrial environments. The supervisory team will be composed of the University of Innsbruck and Eurac Research staff:

Prof. Dr. Frank Edenhofer, Head of Genomics, Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, University of Innsbruck; Dr. Corrado Corti, Translational Genomics, Eurac Research; Dr. Andrew Hicks, Vice-Head Institute for Biomedicine and Group Leader Translational Genomics, Eurac Research.



  • Develop an attractive and competitive research project on either neurodevelopmental disorders or neurodegenerative disease.
  • Using cutting edge techniques such as CRISPR/CAS9 gene editing
  • Organoid derivation from iPS cells along with functional and biochemical characterization of iPSC-derived neurons
  • Confocal microscopy and electrophysiology to characterize cell models



  • Masters in biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, human medicine, biomedicine or related study
  • Experience in the following areas: mammalian cell culture, human iPSC culture, neural stem cell differentiation, CRISPR/Cas9-editing in human cells.


We offer:

  • State-of-the art facilities and resources at the University of Innsbruck and Eurac Research
  • Individual supervision and monitoring (students will have personalized thesis steering committee)
  • A highly structured educational program, personal and career development


How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit their application (Motivation letter, CV, certificates of your Masters degree with indication of credit system), two letters of recommendation by email (as a single, named document in PDF format using "lastname_firstname.pdf") by 12.12.2019 to the following address:

Eurac Research
Institute for Biomedicine

Viale Druso 1 – 39100 Bolzano
Email: jobs.biomedicine@eurac.edu - www.eurac.edu
Tel: +39 0471 055 500 / Fax: + 39 0471 055 599

For further information please contact andrew.hicks@eurac.edu, Tel: +39 0471 055 521

or frank.edenhofer@uibk.ac.at, Tel: +43 512 50751411

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