Research Assistant (m/f/x) Full Time

The ERC-funded Balzarotti Group at the Research Institute for Molecular Pathology (IMP) offers a position for a highly motivated Research Assistant, who is interested in the fields of super reso­lution light microscopy, photophysics, single molecule studies and optics.

Our Group. We develop novel optical methods and instrumentation for the observation of biological phenomena with the highest fidelity. We focus on schemes that require outstanding performance in terms of spa­tial and/or temporal resolution, such as super resolution fluorescence imaging and single-molecule tracking. By bringing together expertise in optics, labelling and photophysics, we develop solutions to transverse obstacles in biology and biophysics within a highly collaborative envi­ronment.

The Candidate. The candidate should be curious, creative and excited about learning new topics and skills!

Your profile:

  • Training in molecular biology (e.g. Master and/or PhD)
  • Experience in light microscopy (confocal and/or wide-field microscopy)
  • Results-oriented team player with a proactive mentality
  • Collaborative mindset and motivation to work in an international, interdisciplinary environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
    (German language skills are not required)
  • Excellent organizational skills

Desirable skills:

  • Experience in the field of super resolution microscopy
  • Experience in single molecule studies and photophysical characterizations
  • Programming/scripting skills (e.g. Python)

Research assistant scientific tasks:

  • Tissue culture and cell preparation
  • Immunostaining
  • Fluorescence in-situ hybridization
  • Bioconjugation chemistry
  • Folding and design of DNA-Origami
  • STORM, PALM and DNA-PAINT super-resolution imaging
  • Protocol optimization

Research assistant managing tasks:

  • Wet lab and Optics lab maintenance (organization, inventory, purchases, infrastructure, safety)
  • Coordination with institute services (purchasing, facility management, etc.)
  • Group organization (documentation, meeting preparation/reporting, internal activities)

Our Environment. The Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna is a basic biomedical research institute largely spon­sored by Boehringer Ingelheim. With over 200 scientists from 40 coun­tries, the IMP is committed to scientific discovery of fundamental mo­lecular and cellular mechanisms underlying complex biological phe­nomena. The IMP is located at the Vienna BioCenter, one of Europe’s most dynamic life science hubs with 2,800 employees from 78 countries in six research institutes, three universities and 40 biotech companies.

Application. Interested candidates should send their application (motivation letter, CV, contact details for references) directly by email to francisco.balzarotti[at]