Currently, we have the following open positions in the Rinke Lab - Group for Microbial MultiOmics and Biorecycling (MMOB) @ the University of Innsbruck, Austria:

  • PhD position (B1/1): Dissertation on the topic “Discovery, characterization and optimization of plastic-degrading enzymes 

Position starting date: 06.01.2025

Preferred skills: Completed master's degree in microbiology, biotechnology, or a related field; excellent molecular biology knowledge, e.g. DNA extraction, PCR, enzyme assay, heterologous expression of enzyme candidates, etc.Beneficial Skills: Experience using bioinformatic tools to characterize enzymes; experience with qPCR and SIP (stable isotope probing) or with sequencing library creation is an advantage.

Please include a written proposal on your dissertation project with your application (max. 5 pages).

Project proposal outline: < Plastic degrading enzymes PhD project >Link to submit your application:  < TBD >Job ad 13918; Deadline TBD


  • Independent postdoc applications

Postdoctoral researchers with a strong publication record and an already well-defined research project that aligns with our interests at MMOB are encouraged to contact us and to submit an ESPRIT application through the Austrian Science Fund FWF. More information can be found here:

The ESPRIT program (Early-Stage Program: Research - Innovation - Training) is intended to improve the skills and support the professional development of researchers from all disciplines early in their research careers by giving them the opportunity to lead an independent research project: