The Medical University of Graz is inviting applications to join cutting-edge PhD program at one of Europe’s leading universities in the field of medical research. The PhD Programs “Molecular Medicine” (MolMed) and “Inflammatory Disorders in Pregnancy” (DP-iDP) offer a new call for five PhD positions.

About the project:
  • The thesis projects focus on aspects of inflammation, cancer research, pregnancy related diseases, aging and cardiovascular diseases that integrate basic research and clinically oriented sciences utilizing a wide spectrum of state-of-the-art techniques.
  • The PhD student will be embedded in an interdisciplinary community of supervisors, fellow students and will enjoy broad administrative support.
  • PhD students receive a fully funded working contract (30 hours / week) for three years (1 initial year + 2 years extension) including health insurance and social benefits.


  • 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 February 2022.
  • The language of instruction is English and 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.

How to apply:

  • Apply online
Available projects:
  1. Placental derived exosomes as sensors for lipid mediators in the fetus

Christian Wadsack, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical University of Graz

  1. Mimicking caloric restriction against cardiometabolic decline in aging and related heart failure

Simon Sedej, Division of Cardiology and Center of Medical Research, Medical University of Graz

  1. The role of platelet-derived factors on epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition of trophoblasts

Martin Gauster, Gottfried Schatz Research Center, Division of Cell Biology, Histology and Embryology, Medical University of Graz, Austria

  1. Interplay of gluconeogenesis and glycolysis in lung cancer cells

Katharina Leithner, Division of Pulmonology; Medical University of Graz

  1. Genetic events in the progression from precancerous lesions to invasive carcinoma

Karl Kashofer, Diagnostic & Research Institute of Pathology; Medical University of Graz

—————–Quick Overview————-
Organization Medical University of Graz
Country Austria
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Subject areas Life Sciences, Medicine
Fellowship amount Varies
Eligibility Open to all nationalities
Deadline 4th October 2021

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