Signaling Mechanisms in Cellular Homeostasis - SMICH

Organisms maintain homeostasis in the face of changing conditions by interpreting environmental signals and translating them into appropriate biochemical and biological outputs. Crucial for all these processes is the correct operation of signaling pathways in cells and tissues. SMICH offers structured, interdiscipinary training and competitive PhD projects inverstigating how signaling mechanisms impact homeostasis in cell-free, cell-based, and organismal systems. We specifically focus on the highly topical role of autophagy in different processes and studying autophagic mechanisms in depth.

The PhD program offers structured, state-of-the-art training in signal transduction and a wide spectrum of techniques and approaches ranging from the understanding of molecules at atomic resolution level to in vivo studies, to the development of bioinformatics methods and mathematical modelling. 

Most faculty members are part of the Max Perutz Labs a joint venture of Medical University of Vienna or University of Vienna. The Max Perutz Labs are embedded in the Campus Vienna BioCenter which is a leading international biomedical research center with a staff of more than 1400 scientists and 1000 students from over 40 nations, with a dynamic research environment and a culture that promotes scientific exchange and co-operation. Scientific core facilities at the Max Perutz Labs and the Vienna BioCenter Core Facilities support the researchers with state of the art infrastructure, equipment and know how.

  • Join a lively community and benefit from extensive mentoring as well as administrative and social support
  • Receive cross-disciplinary, in-depth expert training, combined with individualized training on site and abroad
  • Profit from the national and international collaborations of the participating labs to expand your theoretical and technical horizon and take advantage of unique opportunities for networking and increased visibility.
  • Last but not least - Enjoy Vienna, number 1 in the worldwide rankings of locations with the best quality of living! Vienna is rightly famous for classical as well as modern music, exhibitions, opera, and café life…. Vienna is a very international city and the cultural life is also enjoyable for non-German speaking people (e.g. English cinemas, theater, international festivals). Outdoor activities in Vienna and surroundings include skiing, hiking, climbing, cycling and water sports. Other European countries are close enough for weekend trips…