Vienna Biocenter PhD Programme

 The Vienna Biocenter (VBC) PhD Programme in Life Sciences has been successfully running since 1993, providing students from all over the world with exceptional training. As a student at the VBC you will be supervised by top scientists and have full access to state-of-the-art facilities, thus giving you the opportunity to launch a successful scientific career.

We are looking for young motivated and ambitious students, who are excited about science and want to contribute for its advancement. We expect our students to work hard, but we also provide competitive salaries, numerous social benefits and support for career development.

The VBC PhD Programme ( is organized jointly by the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP -, the Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL -, the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA - and the Gregor Mendel Institute (GMI -

A full-time Dean heads the programme, in close collaboration with a steering committee (formed by a faculty representative of each of the institutes), thus ensuring the quality and smooth running of the programme.

Programme Description
This a research-oriented educational programme that aims to support the scientific training of young graduates. Students learn through original (supervised) research projects; at the end of their studies they will be able to carry out independent research projects. The VBC PhD Programme ensures that its students have protected time, mentorship, core facilities and a vibrant intellectual atmosphere.

The VBC PhD Programme has two main components:
  1. Supervised research project
  2. Introductory Course (three weeks), to introduce the research topics and technologies, thus ensuring an effective use of all facilities and promoting networking within the campus community.
  3. Flexible curriculum: Lectures and seminar series, workshops, practical courses and journal clubs
Furthermore the VBC PhD students:
  • Present a short, formal talk on their PhD research to the VBC scientific community, once a year.
  • Have a thesis committee, which meets once a year to discuss the research plan and its progress or any other issues that may arise.
  • Contribute to the management of the institutes, through representatives, and organize events that promote networking and career development, such as an annual retreat and a symposium.
  • Are encouraged to present their scientific discoveries at international meetings. Most students attend several conferences during their time at the VBC.
  • May participate in short-term projects in other labs, allowing them to meet scientists at other research institutions.