How to apply

Two main tracks offer the opportunity to join the PhD program Microbial Symbiosis: 

  • Annual calls of the PhD program Microbial Symbiosis - First call 2019, deadline 10.01.2020
  • Bi-annual calls of the Vienna Doctoral School Molecules of Life 
    (Please check whether one of our faculty members is among the recruiting groups)

In addition, as new PhD projects become available between calls, we continuously accept direct applications.

Application documents should include, in a single PDF document:

  • Completed application form
  • a motivation letter
  • a CV
  • university certificate(s) including grades
  • at least one letter of recommendation 

Applications may be sent to

Admission procedure

The admission procedure might vary depending on the call, but includes:

  • evaluation of the written application by a panel of faculty members
  • invitation of selected applicants to the University of Vienna, and two 15-minute (chalk-talk) presentations by each of the applicants on their master’s thesis and a scientific paper selected by the faculty panel, respectively.
  • personal interviews, introduction of available research projects by faculty members, and meetings with students


Research projects of succesful applicants are funded for a period of up to four years, according to the Austrian Science Fund standard salary for PhD students (€ 2,162 gross salary per month in 2019).