PhD Thesis Opportunity

PhD 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 PhD 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 PhD project will be to improve cancer modeling in zebrafish by adapting cutting-edge technologies and in particular optogenetics for this purpose.

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 May 2019. 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 2 referees to Martin Distel, email: by March 15th 2019.