Education is a core mission of IMBA. Scientific research - the creation of knowledge - is only meaningful if it is transferred to others. Here, together with our partner institutes at the Vienna BioCenter, we empower young scientists to break boundaries and make discoveries, while instilling them with our own knowledge and expertise.

Vienna BioCenter PhD Program

A flexible curriculum designed for and with PhD students: Diverse seminars and journal clubs occur on a regular basis for trainees to enrich and expand their interests. Additionally, students may participate in several advanced courses (e.g. writing, advanced microscopy, data analysis, etc.) and career development workshops. Each student is free to choose the courses he/she prefers, or can suggest and develop a new course. Throughout their training, students (and postdocs) present their work to the campus community at the Monday Seminars.  This weekly seminar series is a great vehicle to share knowledge and expertise between different groups and different institutes. At the same time, the seminars are a great way to obtain compelling presentation skills. Every year, students also organize different activities, including a Retreat and a Symposium.

Empowering curious researchers

  • One of the premier programs in biology and life sciences in the heart of Europe.
  • Two international calls per year.
  • Find more information and current calls here

PostDoc Opportunities

At IMBA you will find the freedom to pursue your ideas in an encouraging and extremely supportive environment. The research infrastructure enables virtually any research experience. Additionally, in collaboration with the other research institutes, IMBA offers a professional development programme specifically designed to support postdocs transitioning into an independent position and empower them to be pioneers.

  • Develop your own ideas and projects
  • Close collaboration with others 
  • To apply, please contact a Group Leader directly.

Group Leader overview

In 2020 the Vienna International Postdoctoral Program (VIP2) was launched. The program offers three-year fellowships and two-mentor scheme, where fellows can count on the extensive network of the Vienna BioCenter Community. The novelty of VIP2 is that the second mentor can be from a different sector other than academic research. VIP2 fosters scientific independence by selecting candidates whose projects have the potential to develop into distinct research lines. VIP2 fellows have full access to scientific support facilities at their host institution and at the Vienna BioCenter Core Facilities. The program is open to candidates with backgrounds in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, engineering, computer science, and bioinformatics. VIP2 will recruit 45 fellows through three international calls.

More information:

Master Projects

Although IMBA does not offer a formal programme for Master Students, most labs host Master Students during their thesis or for placements/internships. If you are highly motivated and fascinated by the work of one of our research groups, then please contact the relevant group leader and enquire about opportunities to join the lab during your Master’s research. Positions for master students are also advertised on this website under “open positions”. 

  • Excellent research training
  • Use of state-of-the-art facilities 
  • Spanning a number of different fields

For more information please refer to the VBC Training website:


VBC Summer School

The Vienna BioCenter Summer School offers a 9-week fellowship programme for current Bachelor and Master students to develop pertinent research projects. This unique opportunity allows each fellow to develop a research project in one of the groups. Summer fellows are given ample supervision, full access to our facilities, and generous stipends, so that they can be fully dedicated to their professional development. The programme includes the following components: 

  • An Independent Research Project
  • A Lecture Series
  • A Scientific Symposium

Detailed information about the programme can be found on the VBC Scientific Training website:

Additional Job Offers

For more information about our career opportunities or if you would like to apply for one of our offered positions, please contact Sabine Steurer, Head of Recruiting & Development.