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CeMM International Postdoc Program (Vienna, Austria) Pre-ERC Postdoc Program in Cellular, Molecular and Digital Medicine

We are recruiting a group of postdocs who are eager to pursue groundbreaking biomedical research, and we will help them to establish themselves as future scientific leaders. This postdoc program is designed to prepare postdoctoral researchers for a successful ERC Starting Grant application and for an independent research career in top research organizations in Europe and around the world.

The postdoc program is based at the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, one of Europe’s leading centers for basic biomedical research – with clinical translation in mind. Selected candidates will join one of CeMM’s research groups for 3 to 6 years, addressing ambitious research questions in areas such as cancer, immunology, chemical biology, epigenetics, metabolism, and genomic medicine. Research projects will focus on medically relevant problems, including disease mechanisms, modern therapeutics and diagnostic strategies. On top of this, postdocs will receive extensive career development and leadership training from the entire CeMM Faculty and additional experts in a highly collaborative and supportive environment.

What we offer:
• An international group of highly collaborative colleagues that will help you achieve your scientific and career goals
• Top-notch environment with the ideas, projects, resources, infrastructure, collaborations, and mindset for groundbreaking research
• Excellent track record of past postdocs who have become internationally successful principal investigators, professors, entrepreneurs
• Strong focus on disease biology and translational research
• Interdisciplinary projects connecting biology with medicine, experiments with computation, and discovery with translation
• Unique opportunity to engage close interactions with physicians and clinical researchers at the Medical University of Vienna on one of Europe’s largest medical campuses
• Opportunities to collaborate with industry (biotech/pharma) and to get involved in academic start-up/spin-off companies
• Training program in project management, scientific writing, visual communication, entrepreneurship, leadership and data science
• Special training for writing successful ERC Starting Grants as a ‘ticket’ to an outstanding academic career
• Mentoring Program within EU-LIFE (https://www.eu-life.eu)
• Being part of a thriving academic and social community in Vienna, one the cities with the best quality-of-life in the world
• A competitive postdoc salary according to the Austrian Science Fund (https://www.fwf.ac.at), which amounts to an annual gross salary slightly above EUR 50,000, plus full insurance and relocation support
• CeMM’s HR department and administrative team offers support with relocation, visa applications, onboarding, family support, etc.

Whom we are looking for:
• Candidates who want to pursue innovative biomedical research and substantially advance their scientific career
• Candidates with international professional experience and enhanced potential to receive an ERC Starting Grant in the future
• Open to both PhD (natural sciences) and MD (medical sciences) holders
• From a variety of academic backgrounds: molecular biology, biomedical research, bioinformatics, biochemistry, bioengineering, etc.
• With the motivation, skills, experiences, and initial achievements (subject to academic age) to qualify for a competitive postdoc program
• Required are scientific quality and originality, as well as a collaborative and interdisciplinary mindset

Potential projects:
• Cancer immunology (Bock Lab). Single-cell sequencing, spatial omics and 3D imaging of the tumor immune microenvironment in patients, (humanized) mouse models and immune-enriched organoids
• Human synthetic biology (Bock Lab). Developing cell-based therapies (CAR T etc.) using high-throughput bioengineering, CRISPR screening and/or machine learning / artificial intelligence
• Precision pediatric oncology (Boztug Lab). Integrating multi-omics profiling with ex vivo image-based drug sensitivity testing on primary paediatric tumors and cancer organoids for personalized therapies
• Immunodeficiency-informed homeostasis (Boztug Lab). Dissecting fundamental mechanisms of immune homeostasis through discovery of inborn errors of immunity with predominant autoimmunity/autoinflammation for development of targeted therapies.
• Nuclear metabolism (Kubicek Lab). Chromatin-bound metabolic enzymes as drug targets
• Maintaining genome integrity (Loizou Lab). Mechanistic investigations into how cells maintain their genomes and what goes wrong in cancer
• Cellular transporters (Superti-Furga Lab). Targeting cellular transporters to modulate disease
• Systems biology (Superti-Furga Lab). Network-based systems-level analysis of the human transportome
• Cancer biology (Villunger Lab). Centrosomal abnormalities in cancer
• We are open to other ideas that fit into the broader scope and mission of the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine

The Institute (http://www.cemm.at/)
CeMM is an international research institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and a founding member of EU-LIFE. The mission of CeMM is to achieve maximum scientific innovation in molecular medicine to improve healthcare. It has an outstanding track record of top-notch science (last few years: >10 papers in Nature/Cell/Science/NEJM, >25 papers in Nature/Cell sister journals) and medical translation. The official language at CeMM is English, and more than 40 different nationalities are represented at the institute. CeMM promotes equal opportunity and harbors a mix of different talents, backgrounds, competences, and interests.

Eligibility Criteria:
• You must hold a PhD (or will have been awarded your PhD by the time of starting the Pre-ERC Postdoc Program in March 2021) and your PhD defense date must be no earlier than 2017
• You must have at least one first-author publication published by the time of starting the Postdoc

Please apply online https://cemm.jobbase.io/job/o1xi4oo5 with 1) a cover letter including a short summary of research interests and mentioning which research group(s) at CeMM you would be potentially interested in joining, 2) curriculum vitae (CV), 3) academic transcripts, and 4) contact details of three referees. Applications received by 15 August 2020, 17:00 CEST will be considered. The preferred starting date is January 2021 or earlier.

Selection Process:
All submitted applications are reviewed by the CeMM Faculty and selected candidates are invited to submit a recorded short presentation and research proposal. Shortlisted candidates are then invited to participate in online panel interviews with CeMM Faculty members which will take place at the end of October. At the end of the selection process, candidates will be asked to submit their preference regarding which research groups they would like to work with, which may be identical or different from the original choice indicated in the cover letter.

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