PhD position in the field of Microbiological Water Quality / Water Quality & Health

The Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences offers a Research assistant position (Pre Doc, 30hrs) at the research division 'Water Quality and Health' (Head: Prof. Dr. Andreas Farnleitner, Deputy Head: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexander Kirschner) on the topic "Detection and prediction of fecal pollution to guide health-related safety management of water resources” in Krems an der Donau (Austria), ~ 70 km from and well-connected to the capital Vienna.


Applications should include a motivation letter, curriculum vitae, and credentials and should be sent by e-mail by August 31, 2019 to Ms. Christina Schwaiger of the Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences, Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30, 3500 Krems, Austria (

Your tasks:

  • Writing a doctoral thesis within the framework of competitive research on the topic "Detection and prediction of fecal pollution to guide health-related safety management of water resources
  • Application and further development of new pioneering technologies for the quantification, source tracking, and prediction of microbial fecal pollution.
  • Cooperation with other scientific partners in the field of microbiological and chemical water quality analysis
  • In addition to laboratory work, sampling campaigns in the field have to be carried out.

Your profile:

  • Diploma or master's degree in biotechnology, microbiology, molecular biology, microbial ecology or similar subjects
  • Interest in scientific working and writing a dissertation
  • Knowledge in molecular biological and microbiological analysis (PCR expertise is an advantage)
  • Interest in applying molecular/microbiological data in health-risk simulation tools
  • Self-responsible and reliable working approach
  • Friendly, open appearance and team spirit
  • Willingness to be mobile for sampling and work in laboratories of project partners (preferably in Vienna)
    Website of the Interuniversity Cooperation Center ICC Water & Health:
  • driving licence category B
Application deadline:
Start date:
Location: Krems an der Donau/Austria (~ 70 km from Vienna & well connected by train)