Master´s Thesis Opportunity

The “Innovative Cancer Models” group at the Children’s Cancer Research Institute (CCRI) in Vienna is looking for a highly motivated student interested in carrying out a Master’s Thesis project (

Our lab is using zebrafish cancer models to better understand disease onset and progression and to identify novel therapeutic strategies for pediatric cancer. The zebrafish model offers two unique opportunities here: live microscopy as zebrafish larvae are transparent and easy drug screening as compounds are taken up by zebrafish larvae from the surrounding water.
The aim of this Master’s Thesis will be to generate a new pediatric leukemia model in zebrafish by targeting the human oncogene known to drive the disease to HSCs in zebrafish.
The CCRI is equipped with a large zebrafish facility, an automated zebrafish drug screening platform (Zebrafish platform Austria for preclinical drug screening - ZANDR) and state-of-the-art confocal and light-sheet microscopes.
The position is available immediately and should ideally be filled by July 2018.
Successful applicants will be offered a salary according to the Austrian Science Fund standards (
If you are interested in this topic, please send an application including your CV, a letter of motivation and the name of 1 referee to Martin Distel, email: martin.distel(at) by June 1st 2018.

The institution:
The CCRI is part of a flourishing biomedical research hub at the heart of beautiful Vienna, a European metropolis full of history, music and fine arts. Vienna has been voted “most livable” city in the world for the 4th year in a row. CCRI is a renowned research institution with tight links to the St. Anna Children's Hospital, a leading pediatric cancer center in Europe well connected through various European and international networks. CCRI seeks to advance the diagnosis and treatment of children’s cancers through basic, translational and clinical research, in research areas such as cancer biology, immunology, and genetics/epigenetics (