PhD position

Evolutionary biology of the skin

Adaptations of the skin were of central importance for the evolutionary transition from aquatic to
terrestrial life. Yet, it has remained unknown how the protective functions of the skin have evolved at the molecular and cellular level. A project funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) will address major open questions pertaining to the evolution of cell differentiation and protein cross-linking in the skin of vertebrates. A PhD student position within this FWF project (P32777) is available in the Skin Biology lab at the Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Vienna, Austria.

We invite applications from highly motivated students interested in evolutionary, cell and molecular biology.


  • MSc in biology, biochemistry or biotechnology
  • Enthusiam for science
  • Ability to work in an international and multidisciplinary team
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English

Please send your application including motivation letter, CV, and names and addresses of two
referees in a single pdf file to leopold.eckhart(at) Applications will be accepted
until the position is filled. The latest start date is December 2020.

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