Job Announcement
IST Austria, Evolutionary Biology (Social Immunity), Klosterneuburg

PhD and postdoc positions

Application deadline for PhD positions: 08.01.2018
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The Social Immunity group at IST Austria in Klosterneuburg (close to Vienna) offers both PhD and postdoc positions to work on the recently funded ERC Consolidator Grant project EPIDEMICSonCHIP. Aim of this project is to understand how social insects, particularly ants, collectively defend their colonies from disease and prevent epidemics in their societies; we will seek new approaches to determine how individual behaviours interact and lead to the emergent property of colony-level defences.

To this end, we will build an automatised ant nest, the AntCHIP, to track and manipulate ant interactions in the presence of pathogens, elucidating how both the pathogens and information about the health state of colony members is transmitted through the colony.


previous experience and a strong interest in either:

  • behavioural observations and social interaction network analyses
  • analysis of chemical interactions in ants (GC-MS)
  • molecular tools (e.g. quantitative PCR)
  • engineering and digital image analysis (software e.g. Python, Matlab or similar)

Note that the engineering of the AntCHIP will be performed in collaboration with Ofer Feinerman with an extended stay in his group at the Weizmann Institute of Science.


The work is performed at the IST Austria (Institute of Science and Technology Austria), a PhD-granting fundamental research institute at the outskirts of Vienna, Austria. We offer an interdisciplinary research environment, excellent facilities and competitive salaries. PhD students are enrolled in the international Graduate School of IST Austria.


Please send an email of interest (as a single pdf file including a letter of motivation, a short summary of research interests, a CV, certificates, and contacts of two potential referees) via e-mail to

For PhD positions, it is additionally required to apply to the IST Graduate School, with application deadline: January 8th, 2018

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