Job ID: 116602

PhD student for Neuroscience – neuron-astrocyte interactions

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 11 October 2023

Contract Length: 4 years

City: Vienna

Country: Austria

Institution: Medical University of Vienna

Department: Neurophysiology and Neuropharmacology


The Kellner lab at the Medical University of Vienna is seeking a highly motivated PhD student. We are a new lab studying neuron-astrocyte interactions in the brain using cutting-edge imaging and genetic techniques.

The main objective of the PhD project will be to understand how neuron-astrocyte interactions are altered in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. We use in vivo imaging, transgenic mouse models, immunohistochemistry, RNA sequencing, MATLAB image analysis and more.

Knowledge of English (at least B2 level), Master’s or equivalent degree in life sciences (neuroscience is an advantage). Willingness to participate in research and teaching. The immigration law employment requirements for non-EU citizens must be guaranteed.

Desired additional qualifications:
Strong motivation for research, experience with neuroscience techniques preferred (such as calcium imaging, electrophysiology, experience in mouse surgery, coding/image analysis) , willingness to work with rodents, willingness to learn programming, responsible and organized, ability to work independently, friendly and cooperatively.

The position is for 4 years and involves participation in the Neuroscience PhD program. General information about a PhD position at the Medical University of Vienna can be found here.

Start date: Fall 2023 (flexible)

Please send a CV, letter of motivation and names and contact information for 2 references to with the number 8879/23 in the subject matter before October 11th 2023. Specific questions about the position could be sent to vered.kellner(at)

The Medical University of Vienna aims to increase the proportion of women, particularly in management positions and among scientific staff, and therefore expressly encourages qualified women to apply. Women will be given priority if they have the same qualifications.

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