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  • PhD position available in Shaul Pollak's group

    11.01.23
    News

    VDS MES group leader Shaul Pollak is currently looking for a PhD student in the field of environmental systems microbiology. The position will involve developing and combining state-of-the-art machine learning and experimental methods to tackle a grand challenge in environmental microbiology – predicting ...

  • VDS MES graduate Philipp Höhn

    11.01.23
    News

    Philipp Höhn successfully defended his thesis entitled "The potential of hydrogeophysics and deep reinforcement learning for better groundwater management" on December 21, 2022. The board of examiners included Stephan Krämer, Thilo Hofmann and Michael Zumstein (all from the University of ...

  • VDS MES graduate Boris Meisterjahn

    11.01.23
    News

    Boris Meisterjahn successfully defended his thesis entitled "Methods for the investigation of the fate of engineered nanoparticles in the environment and complex matrices" on December 21, 2022. The board of examiners included Stephan Krämer, Thilo Hofmann and Michael Zumstein (all ...

  • VDS MES graduate Kyle Chardi

    10.01.23
    News

    Kyle Chardi successfully defended this thesis entitled "Effect of organic ligands on the stability of tetravalent uranium under anoxic conditions" on December 16, 2022. The board of examiners included Stephan Krämer (University of Vienna), Naresh Kumar and Walter Schenkeveld (both ...

  • VDS MES graduate Stephanie Castan

    13.12.22
    News

    Stephanie Castan successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled “Fate and impact of anthropogenic particles in the natural environment” on December 7, 2022. The board of examiners included Stephan Krämer, Lea Ann Dailey and Thilo Hofmann (all from the University of Vienna, Austria). ...

  • VDS MES graduate Annelieke Overbeeke

    12.12.22
    News

    Annelieke Overbeeke successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled “Bacterial degradation of polysaccharides in the gut mucosal ecosystem ” on December 6, 2022. The board of examiners included Michiel Kleerebezem (Wageningen University, The Netherlands), Timon Adolph (Medical University Innsbruck, Austria) and Alexander Loy ...

  • VDS MES graduate Max Nepel

    22.11.22
    News

    Maximilian Nepel successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “N2-fixing microbial communities in two distinctive terrestrial ecosystems - grassland soils and arboreal ant nests” on November 18, 2022. The board of examiners included Daniel H. Buckley (Cornell University, USA), Silvia Bulgheresi ...

  • VDS MES graduate Tamara Halter

    21.11.22
    News

    Tamara Halter successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled "Ecology and evolution of chlamydial symbionts of arthropods" on Nov 2, 2022. The board of examiners included Nicole Borel (University of Zurich, Switzerland), Wolfgang Miller (Medical University of Vienna, Austria), and Jillian Petersen (University of ...

  • Methods in Bioinformatics course announcement

    13.10.22
    News

    We are happy to announce a new Methods course in our doctoral school curriculum!

    The workshop Methods in Bioinformatics will be held by researchers from the Computational Systems Biology division from Feb 13-24, 2023.

    Sign ups are open via the course ...

  • Look back on the Life Science Career Fair

    06.10.22
    News

    The ÖGMBT's Life Science Career Fair attracted over 400 participants from Austria and abroad. We are happy to look back at a very successful event. 

    As it was the first career fair our doctoral school attended as an exhibitor, we want ...

  • Fully funded PhD position available in Adrian Tett's group

    04.10.22
    News

    The Doctoral School in Microbiology and Environmental Science offers a fully funded PhD position in Adrian Tett's group, in the field of microbial metagenomics.

    Find more information, including how to apply, here.

  • VDS MES Graduate Joana Séneca Cardoso Da Silva

    28.09.22
    News

    Joana Séneca Cardoso Da Silva successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled "The impacts of single and multiple global change drivers on soil microbial communities and functions" on September 27, 2022. The board of examiners included Kristen DeAngelis (University of Massachusetts, USA), Graeme ...

  • VDS MES at the ÖGMBT Life Science Career Fair, Sept 19

    01.09.22
    News

    Our doctoral school will take part in the 1st Life Science Career Fair organized by the ÖGMBT on September 19, starting from 10:00. 

    Our faculty will present a small seminar about careers in academia, while the doctoral school will ...

  • VDS MES Graduate Jay Osvatic

    08.07.22
    News

    Jay Osvatic successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "A study on the life cycle of Lucinid symbionts and their availability in the environment: Where did they come from, where do they go?" on July 6, 2022. The board of examiners included Roxanne ...

  • VDS MES Graduate Daniela Trojan

    08.07.22
    News

    Daniela Trojan successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled "Investigating the lifestyle of the Acidobacteriota, a phylum ubiquitous in terrestrial environments – genomics and physiological studies" on July 1, 2022. The board of examiners included Daniel H. Buckley (Cornell University, USA), Max ...

  • Curricular changes

    17.05.22
    News

    Dear students and members of the doctoral school,

    changes in the University law have brought about some small adaptations to our curricula in Natural Sciences and Life Sciences.

    Please find more information here (only in German): Link

    Comments and ...

  • 2 fully funded PhD positions in the VDS MES Spring 2022 call

    05.05.22
    News

    The Doctoral School in Microbiology and Environmental Science offers 2 fully funded PhD positions in computational microbiome research and soil ecology, respectively.

    Our call is open May 15th - June 15th, 2022.

    More information and online application ...

  • 6 fully funded PhD positions in the VDS MES Fall 2021 call

    27.10.21
    News

    The Doctoral School in Microbiology and Environmental Science offers 6 fully funded PhD positions in diverse research areas ranging from molecular microbiology, ecology, computational and evolutionary biology to environmental geosciences.

    Our call is open November 1st - November 30th, ...

  • 7 fully funded PhD positions available in the VDS MES Spring 2021 call

    28.04.21
    News

    The Doctoral School in Microbiology and Environmental Science offers 7 fully funded PhD positions in diverse research areas ranging from molecular microbiology, ecology, computational and evolutionary biology to environmental geosciences.

    Our call is open May 1st - May 31st, 2021.

    More information ...

  • New PhD Science Day SS21: June 17

    09.04.21
    News

    The date for our next New PhD Science Day (which takes the place of the faculty open presentation) has been fixed. It will take place on June 17, starting from 2 pm to tentatively 5 pm. The final length of the program ...

  • Establishing interactions in a dynamic environment: Introducing the PhD program Microbial Symbioses

    30.11.20
    Event

    On Thursday, over 50 people interested in symbioses came together online for the kick-off event of the PhD program Microbial Symbioses. Among them, the ten new PhD candidates and 15 affiliated students of the doctoral program, faculty, and guests. A ...

  • 15 fully funded PhD positions in the Doctoral School in Microbiology and Environmental Sciences

    31.08.20
    News

    The Doctoral School in Microbiology and Environmental Sciences offers 15 fully funded PhD positions in diverse research areas ranging from molecular microbiology, ecology, computational and evolutionary biology to environmental geosciences. More information and online application at ...

  • New publication in PNAS: Evolution of virulence in a chlamydial symbiont

    20.08.20
    Publication

    Microbe–host relationships are determined by the mode of symbiont transmission from host to host. In this study, a team around Paul Herrera and Matthias Horn describes how bacterial symbionts related to the pathogen Chlamydia trachomatis increased in infectivity and virulence ...

  • Seminar in the vineyards

    29.07.20
    Event

    Specific situations call for specific measurements – during a pandemic this can mean to exchange the seminar room with the outdoors like PhD students and faculty members of the doctoral program in microbial symbioses did this week. In the relaxed ...

  • First "Let’s talk about symbiosis" webinar

    24.04.20
    Event

    To stay connected, especially in times of physical distancing, scientists from different symbiosis research groups of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna met this week online for the first virtual version of “Let’s talk about symbiosis”. ...