Two Research Associate positions in Drosophila experimental evolution (Vetmeduni)

Apply by Nov. 15, 2023

Two full-time Research Associate (40 hours/week) positions are available in the group of Neda Barghi at the Institute of Population Genetics, Vetmeduni, Vienna. The main focus of the project is to study the genomic and phenotypic changes of Drosophila experimental populations as they will be selected to have larger body size. We will combine genomic, phenotypic and gene expression data.

Research Associate 1 (RA1) - The technician will be responsible for maintenance of Drosophila stocks, and performing the selection experiments and high-throughput phenotyping assays. S/he will assist in developing a new protocol for performing selection experiment in Drosophila populations.

Research Associate 2 (RA2) - The technicians will be mainly responsible for molecular biology tasks including RNA and DNA extraction, NGS library preparation, sample preparation for metabolite measurement. S/he will assist other group members in maintenance of Drosophila populations.

We are looking for reliable, highly organized and motivated candidates with good communication skills. S/He should have Bachelor's degree in Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, or a related field, and be willing to acquire new skills. Excellent written and spoken English skills is a must. For RA1 position, experience in Drosophila system is a plus. For RA2 position, experience in molecular biology is required, and skills in NGS library preparation is highly valued.

The positions will start in January 2024 and are limited for 1-year with the possibility of extension up to 4 years depending on successful evaluation.

The gross salary is 2,252 €/month.

In case of interest, please send your CV, including the required/desired skills for this position, to Neda Barghi ( You can visit the lab webpage here:

Deadline for applications is November 15, 2023, but all applications will be considered immediately after receipt of the application documents.

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