Working at the GMI

The GMI is an international institute that strives for a healthy work-life balance

The GMI currently hosts more than 120 employees from over 30 countries. The working language is English and German language courses are offered to employees for free. Employees have flexible working hours and we offer competitive salaries based on the Austrian Science Fund salary scheme (note that monthly salaries in Austria are paid 14 times per year), including full health and pension insurance and five weeks of paid annual leave. An on-site cafeteria and coffee bar offer full meals at lunch and snacks throughout the day, providing a place for scientists from the GMI and the other institutes and companies at the Vienna BioCenter to meet and discuss their work. This collaborative atmosphere is further enhanced by weekly social hours.

The administration of the GMI aims to let researchers focus on their research by assisting with the move to Austria and providing assistance in identifying and applying for grants and fellowships. One of the key benefits of working at the GMI are the core facilities. Mundane tasks like dishwashing and media prep are handled by core staff and essentially any piece of high-tech equipment one might need for specific experiments, as well as skilled technical support to use the equipment and design experiments, are available on-site.

For employees with children, Austria provides a monthly family allowance (starting from €114 per month) from birth through the age of 18 to help pay for the cost of raising children. The Vienna BioCenter offers an on-site child care center, which costs roughly €200 per month, and accepts children from 3 months onwards.  Children begin school at the age of 6, and Vienna offers excellent public schools, including bilingual English schools, as well as numerous private schools.  After-school care is offered in most schools at reasonable prices. A pregnancy lab for expecting mothers allows researchers to continue their lab work, and the Austrian health care system offers a year of paid maternity leave, or up to 14 months if the leave is split between both parents.

Finally, Vienna itself has a great deal to offer. It has been ranked the best city in the world to live in by the Mercer Quality of Living Index for nine years in a row, and was ranked number one this year by the Economist Intelligence Unit, for its excellent public transportation system, where a yearly ticket costs only €1 per day, low crime rates, reasonable rents, and numerous cultural and sports activities. The GMI is located 20 minutes by train from the airport, and 10 minutes by street-car from the city center.