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Research Technician Position
in Djinovic-Carugo group

Dept. of Structural and Computational Biology
Max Perutz Labs, University of Vienna

Research technician position is available in the Djinovic-Carugo laboratory in the Department for Structural and Computational Biology, Max Perutz Laboratories of the University of Vienna, Austria.

The Position

You will provide specific technical support to a research projects related to structural biology of muscle Z-disk interactome, and assist in the lab on a variety of biochemical, biophysical and structural studies, including gene cloning, protein expression, purification, and characterization of purified protein by various biochemical and biophysical techniques. You are also expected to help with the management of the laboratory, together with lab-manager of the research group.

The Candidate

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate who is enthusiastic about working in an ambitious and multidisciplinary team and fits the following profile:

  • Degree in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Molecular Biology, or a related field (MTA, CTA, B.Sc., M.Sc., Mag., DI)
  • Excellent understanding of the theoretical and technical principles of conventional techniques in protein biochemistry and molecular biology, such as molecular cloning, protein expression and purification and biophysical characterization.
  • Practical experience with molecular biology, molecular cloning techniques, protein purification, biochemistry is needed; experience in insect and/or mammalian cell culture is an asset. Experience with biophysical characterization and structure determination will be highly valued.
  • High accuracy, reliability and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills are a requirement.
  • She/He should be willing to acquire further skills and contribute to the development of new methods.
  • The working language in Max Perutz labs is English, excellent command of English (spoken and written) is a must, German skills are an asset. Computer literacy and experience of using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint is essential.

The Laboratory

Djinovic Lab is interested in the molecular mechanisms underlying the architecture and assembly of the striated muscle sarcomeres, in particular Z-discs. We use an integrative structural biology approach combining biophysical and high-resolution structural studies (macromolecular crystallography being the main technique) with lower resolution approaches (small-angle scattering, electron microscopy) combined with chemical cross-linking mass-spectrometry and NMR.

The Institute

The Department for Structural and Computational Biology is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation/facilities to carry out all steps from cloning, protein expression and purification, to X-ray diffraction, biomolecular NMR, as well as for a series of biophysical and optical spectroscopy techniques. The Department is part of the Max Perutz Labs, established by the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna to provide an environment for excellent, internationally recognized research and education in the field of Molecular Biology. Dedicated to a mechanistic understanding of fundamental biomedical processes, scientists at the Max Perutz Labs aim to link breakthroughs in basic research to advances in human health. Perutz Labs are located on Vienna Campus Biocenter, which is the largest life sciences hub in Austria. Vienna Campus Biocenter offers access to excellent Scientific Core Facilities. Vienna is frequently ranked as the world's best city to live in. It is a United Nations city with a large English-speaking community.

The Offer

We offer a challenging position in dynamic and multidisciplinary team and contribute to our research on fascinating Z-discs assembly within a highly international environment. This is a 30-35 h/week post for up to 6 years, subject to successful evaluation after one year. The post is funded by the University of Vienna, and is available for start in October 2020. This position is remunerated with a minimum gross salary according to collective agreement of Univ. Vienna 2421,70 Euro for 40 hours/week, definite salary depends on the previous experiences.

Application details: if you want to join an exciting project and become a member of our interdisciplinary team, please compile an application package containing:

  • Letter of interest
  • Your CV
  • Contact details for two references

and submit your application to Kristina Djinovic Carugo (to e-mail: admin.vbc5@univie.ac.at) by September 21st, 2020.

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