Job ID: 54513

Ph.D. position

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 1 August 2021

Employment Start Date: 1 October 2021

Contract Length: 3 years

City: Innsbruck

Country: Austria

Institution: University of Innsbruck

Department: Institute of Pharmacy


A Ph.D. position in the field of ‘Opioid Pharmacology and Pain Research’ is available at the University of Innsbruck, supported by the Austrian Research Fund (FWF).

Applications are invited to join the Opioid Research Group at the University of Innsbruck, Institute of Pharmacy. Thee Opioid Research Group is involved in translational research in the fields of opioid pharmacology and opioid drug development. We are looking for a highly motivated Ph.D. student with strong interest in neuropharmacology and drug discovery. The successful applicant will study peptide and small molecule ligands interacting with opioid receptors, GPCR signaling, in vitro and in vivo functional activities, antinociceptive and side effects of new opioid ligands in mouse models. The project is highly multidisciplinary and combines molecular, biochemical and pharmacological in vitro methods and in vivo behavioral assays in mice.

The Ph.D. position is funded for 3 years. The successful candidate will enroll in the Ph.D. program “Pharmaceutical Sciences” at the University of Innsbruck. The working language is English. The Institute of Pharmacy is located in Innsbruck, in the Tirolian Alps, that besides a scientifically active environment offers excellent opportunities for cultural and sport activities.

Candidate profile: Master degree or equivalent in Pharmacy, Biology or a related discipline. Practical experience with cell culture and biochemical techniques is of advantage. Experience in animal work is welcome but willingness to work with animals is essential. Excellent knowledge in written and spoken English is required.

Interested candidates should submit their application, including motivation letter, CV, information on previous research experience and technical skills, certificates of Masters’ degree, and names of two contact persons per e-mail to Prof. Dr. Mariana Spetea,