The doc.funds “Biomolecular Structures and Interactions” (BioMolStruct) offers an excellence PhD program that provides an in-depth, multidisciplinary training in biomedical research in a stimulating international environment. The thesis projects center around biomolecules and biomolecular complexes playing essential roles in cellular signaling and metabolism, with a focus on proteins, protein complexes, and lipid/protein interactions that are linked to ageing, cancer, neurodegenerative, metabolic, and cardiovascular diseases as well as genetic disorders.

  • Applicants must hold (or be close to obtaining) an undergraduate degree equivalent to a Master in any discipline of natural or life sciences or medicine which included a written master thesis.
  • Students who have not yet finished their Masters’ degree can apply but have to be graduated until September 2021.
  • Applicants are expected to be highly proficient in this language. A certificate of English proficiency is not mandatory for application but must be provided by the selected students before admission to the PhD program.
  • Students of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. Candidates are selected irrespective of sex, race or nationality.

Available Research projects:

  • Karl Gruber: Active site cavity and molecular dynamics analyses of mammalian α/β-hydrolase domain (ABHD) containing proteins
  • Walter Keller: Structural and functional investigation of the low-affinity IgE receptor CD23
  • Tobias Madl: Deciphering the intricate interaction network in the β-catenin destruction complex
  • Tobias Madl: Targeting disordered transcription factors
  • Gustav Oberdorfer: Mapping of helical folding space using parametric design and high throughput experimental validation
  • Monika Oberer: Interactions of physiologically relevant lipases via dynamic regions
  • Georg Pabst: Membrane curvature stress-mediated self-aggregation of proteins
  • Tea Pavkov-Keller: Interactions of probiotic bacteria with human dendritic cell receptor DCRuth Prassl: Artificial apo-AI peptidomimetic nanodiscs as membrane scaffolds for integral proteins
  • Ruth Prassl: High-resolution structure of apolipoprotein B-100 determined by cryo-EMAndreas Winkler: Red-light modulated protein oligomerization for optogenetic applications
  • Klaus Zangger: Using pure shift NMR to study the role of disordered proteins in the formation of stress granules

How to apply:

  • Download the Application Form and fill it as complete as possible.
  • The application form requires the contact details of two referees.
  • Recommendation letters send by applicants themselves or by referees not using the questionnaire are not accepted. In addition, scans in pdf format of the following documents must be provided: For all already completed degrees: Transcript of records, Degree certificate, For ongoing studies: Up-to-date transcript of records, Certificate(s) of English proficiency (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL) if applicable.
  • The application form and documents must be send to in one single e-mail, which does not exceed 10 MB.
—————–Quick Overview————-
Organization University in Graz
Country Austria
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Subject areas Natural Sciences, Life Sciences, Medicine
Fellowship amount Varies
Eligibility Open to all nationalities
Deadline May 12, 2021

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