PhD position in NMR spectroscopy

in the group of Julien Orts at the University of Vienna

We welcome early career researchers from all over the world.

Application including a letter of motivation, an academic curriculum vitae incl. list of publications and evidence of teaching experience (if available), degree certificates and transcript of records should be submitted via the recruitment tool Apply@PhaNuSpo, no later than on 31.03.2023.

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The PhD position is available in the group of Julien Orts at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Vienna. The successful candidate will perform cutting edge research in biophysical chemistry using NMR spectroscopy: We want to establish thermodynamic characterisation methods of molecular interactions at atomic resolution using solution state NMR. We anticipate that our research will open new avenues in the fundamental understanding of how atomistic mechanisms create function.

The project is part of a larger ERC grant.

  • The position is available from the 1st of May, 2023, or as soon as possible
  • Duration of employment: 4 years
  • Extent of Employment: 30 hours/week
  • Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.


  • The ideal candidate should hold a Master's degree and have a strong knowledge of biomolecular solution NMR spectroscopy.
  • Knowledge of protein biochemistry and experience with scripting is considered a plus.
  • You should also have high social competencies, excellent communication skills, and be a good team player.
  • The candidate should be highly motivated, results driven, have high social competencies, excellent communication skills, and be a good team player.

Working environment

Our NMR facility has recently been upgraded and houses five NMR spectrometers: 200 MHz, 400 MHz, two 500 MHz, and one 700M Hz with cryo-probes and sampleJet. Our wet lab has just been established and is over 200 m2 large with state of the art equipment for protein purification and biophysical characterization of protein/ligand interactions.

We offer a stimulating work environment, with research topics ranging from structural biology to drug discovery and scientific collaborations with academic laboratories and companies. Our faculty is young and dynamic: twelve new young Professors were hired in the Department over the last five years.

The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences is within walking distance of Vienna's historical city center. Vienna is regularly awarded the best city for quality of life and offers a vibrant international community.

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The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity ( The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.