Tissue barriers rely on complex immune surveillance mechanisms to sense external signals, including pathogenic damages or barrier-specific commensal microbiota. A disturbed communication among immune cells within barrier microenvironments can trigger aberrant inflammatory signals, ultimately promoting malignant transformation, autoimmune diseases or increased susceptibility to life-threatening fungal infections. TissueHome shall address three major scientific questions: (i) How does the cross-talk of innate and adaptive immunity at tissue barriers operate in homeostasis and disease? (ii) What are the mechanisms specialized cells exploit to communicate within microenvironments to ensure barrier integrity? (iii) How do microbes shape the immune surveillance, and how does skin or gut microbiome dysbiosis contribute to infections and autoimmune diseases?
TissueHome offers interdisciplinary and interuniversity training for PhD students in state-of-the-art immunology and infection biology techniques, bioinformatics, as well as tailored transferable skills training.
TissueHome faculty members offering PhD positions include Karl Kuchler, Arndt von Haeseler (Max F Perutz Laboratories, MedUni Wien, Campus Vienna Biocenter), Wilfried Ellmeier, Maria Sibilia, Michael Jantsch, Christian Seiser (MedUni Wien), Veronika Sexl, Birgit Strobl and Mathias Müller (vetmeduni Vienna). A brief description of their main research interests and potential PhD projects offered by each group is available here.
TissueHome constitutes a new PhD track adding on to the existing MFPL PhD program tracks
This program offers 10-12 PhD positions starting on October 1, 2018.
PhD positions are open to applicants holding a Master’s degree or equivalent (four years B.Sc Honors with a written thesis) in molecular biosciences, biochemistry, medicine, computational biology/bioinformatics or related fields. The working language is English, making excellent written and oral communication skills in English mandatory. Previous research experience in immunology and infection biology is desired but not essential. Applicants must demonstrate strong motivation to engage in this interdisciplinary PhD program. Students who wish to apply must complete their Master's studies by September 2018. Applicants holding a degree from a non-European university must include a GRE® (Graduate Record Examination) score, by providing a pdf copy of the official record (for details see www.ets.org/gre)
Applications must be submitted via the Online Application System
Application deadline: August 1st, 2018
Additional details about schedule and selection procedure are available here