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Open position: Technical Assistant (Stary Lab)

The Stary Lab at LBI-RUD, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases in Vienna, seeks to fill the open position of a

TECHNICAL ASSISTANT / LAB MANAGER (#TA2021GS)

LBI-RUD, a young and innovative institute pursuing basic and translational research on rare genetic diseases, is looking for a highly motivated technical assistant to oversee lab management and take part in exciting projects within the group of Dr Georg Stary on host-pathogen interactions of the skin with a special focus on tissue-resident immune cells.

The group focus:

Our group focuses on tissue-resident immune cells in health and diseases and their interaction with the local microbiome. Our long-term goal is to apply our knowledge of tissue-resident immune cells to develop novel therapeutic strategies. Using rare skin diseases as natural models for defects in immune cell biology or skin integrity, we attempt to characterize the functional role of these cells in vivo.

Key publications:

  • Saluzzo et al., Delayed antiretroviral therapy in HIV-infected individuals leads to irreversible depletion of skin- and mucosa-resident memory T cells. Immunity 2021, S1074-7613(21)00459-3.  doi: 10.1016/j.immuni.2021.10.021
  • Strobl et al., Human resident memory T cells exit the skin and mediate systemic Th2-driven inflammation. Journal of Experimental Medicine 2021, 1;218(11):e20210417.  doi: 10.1084/jem.20210417.
  • Strobl et al., Long-term skin-resident memory T cells proliferate in situ and are involved in human graft-versus-host disease. Science Translational Medicine 2020, 12(570):eabb7028.  doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.abb7028
  • Stary G et al. VACCINES. A mucosal vaccine against Chlamydia trachomatis generates two waves of protective memory T cells. Science 2015;348:aaa8205. doi: 10.1126/science.aaa8205.

The position:

The group is looking for a highly motivated and well-organized technical assistant integrated into the team and daily laboratory work, including budgeting and other lab management duties. This position is ideally suited for individuals who seek to participate in every aspect of laboratory activities, such as data analysis, wet lab work and administrative tasks. The successful applicant will also get opportunities to advance their scientific knowledge and receive the necessary training to design, conduct and interpret experiments.

Tasks and responsibilities include:

  • Lab management (ordering and budgeting)
  • Preparation of general reagents and refill material stocks
  • Human tissue processing (PBMC isolation, skin digestion & purification of immune cell subsets)
  • Flow cytometry staining (FACS) & acquisition
  • Immunofluorescence staining and microscopy
  • Establishment and propagation of primary human cells lines
  • Biochemistry (SDS-PAGE Western blotting)
  • Molecular biology techniques (PCR, cloning, viral preparations)
  • Documentation and reporting of experiments and results

Requirements and desired qualifications:

  • Minimum qualification: Bachelor degree in Life Sciences, a TA/MTA/BMA or Ing. diploma
  • Wet lab experience in molecular and cell biology techniques, cultivation of mammalian cells
  • Fluency in English and German

We offer:

  • An exciting position in an inspiring, productive, friendly and international setting
  • Training in various techniques, opportunity to attend meetings, seminars, symposia, and workshops
  • an excellent work climate and the possibility to join our social (cultural or sports) activities
  • Full-time employment (100%) contract with a competitive salary (remunerated according to FWF personnel costs (http://www.fwf.ac.at/en/research-funding/personnel-costs) depending on the education and qualifications of the successful applicant.

The Institute:

Our group is part of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases (LBI-RUD) and is located within the Department of Dermatology of the Medical University of Vienna. It is located in the Vienna General Hospital (Allgemeines Krankenhaus der Stadt Wien), one of Europe’s largest university hospitals in the city's heart. We have access to state-of-the-art technology platforms, close collaborations with geneticists and clinicians, as well as basic researchers, particularly in our renowned partner institutions, namely the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Medical University of Vienna (MedUni Vienna), and the St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research Institute (CCRI).

For more information visit: www.rare-diseases.at

We are committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, and age.

How to apply?

Please send your CV and additional application material to applicationatrud [dot] lbg [dot] ac [dot] at

. Your application should consist of the following documents:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter (describing your career goals and explaining why you are the ideal candidate for this position)
  • Relevant degrees and certificates
  • Names and contact of 2 references
  • Optional: publication list

The deadline for the application is Friday, February 18th, at 5 pm (GMT +1). A hearing will be scheduled within 2 weeks after the application deadline.