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Application Guidelines

Application Guidelines and frequently asked questions

When should one apply?

Currently there are no open postions available

Who can apply for admission to MOBILES? Students of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. The language of instruction is English and applicants are expected to be highly proficient in this language. Applicants should hold a Masters degree (or equivalent degree) in biological sciences, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology or a related discipline including a written Master thesis. Enrollment at either the University of Graz (KFUG) requires that international students fulfill all eligibility requirements for entering a PhD program that normally apply in the country where they completed their Masters education. Candidates will be selected on a competitive basis. We are seeking talented and ambitious young scientists who are interested in pursing a research career. Candidates are selected without regard to sex, race or nationality.
Where and how should one apply?

Applications will be accepted ONLY within the application period.

Applications outside the application period will not be processed.

Candidate hearings and interviews will be held in Graz. Preferably accepted candidates start their research projects on 1st of October 2019.

Please send your application (in English!!) by email to Kristina Schild, the doc.fund manager (docfund.mobiles(at)uni-graz.at or kristina.schild(at)uni-graz.at). You should write the following text into the "subject" line of the mail in order to circumvent our spam filter:
"doc.fund MOBILES: Application"
The email should contain ONE attachment (if possible as pdf files) with the following items:

  1. your CV
  2. a description of your previous studies
  3. a letter describing your scientific interests indicating the open position(s) of your interest offered by MOBILES (e.g. Mobiles_1,Mobiles_2, etc.). Please see our OPEN POSITIONS. You can highlight your interest for several projects (see below).
  4. names and email-addresses of at least two scientists, who know you well enough to write a recommendation letter. We will contact your references for a recommendation. Hence, do not include recommendation letters in the application.
  5. Certificates
  6. any other information which you feel could improve your chance of acceptance
Applications with more than one file will not be accepted. Name your file as follows: MOBILES_2019_last name, initial of first name (for example: MOBILES_2019_SchildK)
Can I apply to more than one project? Yes, if you are interested in the work of more than one supervisor you can mention your interest for both projects in your letter of interest.
Can I apply if I have not yet finished my masters degree? Yes, provided it is clear that you will graduate within the next three months. The masters supervisor will have to confirm this in his/her letter of recommendation.
What advantages does MOBILES have to offer?

MOBILES operates on the premise that the most significant factor assuring the quality of graduate student training is the excellence of the underlying research program. Accordingly, MOBILES was founded as an interdisciplinary graduate program that provides the academic complement to the strongest areas of biomolecular expertise in Graz, namely:

  • diet-and age-related changes in metabolism
  • regulation in lipid metabolism
  • bacterial modulators of metabolism
Research activities in these areas are internationally renowned, well-funded, and productively coordinated through several competitive, externally-financed collaborative research grants (FWF). Because of a long history of collaboration, interaction among MOBILES laboratories is extensive and synergistic. In pursuit of project objectives, MOBILES students easily circulate within our labs to access additional teams of researchers, expertise in methodologies, facilities or instruments outside of their home lab. MOBILES students are employed for the duration of their training (up to 4 yrs). Research stays abroad of up to 6 months are recommended and financed by the program, as is student participation in international research conferences, and graduate “summer school” courses. Discipline-specific and research-related training courses are offered by MOBILES and the host university.
Is it necessary to know German to be eligible? No, it is not, MOBILES is an international program. However, students are expected to be fluent in English.
What is the salary of MOBILES students? MOBILES students will receive the regular FWF salary for PhD students, which amounts to a net annual income (after deduction of taxes, health and pension insurance) of approximately EUR 22.200. Given the cost of living in Graz, this is not extravagant, but sufficient for a decent living.
How long does it take to obtain a PhD for a MOBILES student? Funding is initially granted for a period of four years, which will be a typical duration for the PhD thesis. Of course, the initial acceptance to MOBILES is not a blank check for four years salary, there is a constant monitoring of the performance of the student. In case the PhD committee is dissatisfied with a student's performance, it is obliged to take actions which - in extreme cases - may include a premature termination of the employment contract.
What are the formal requirements a student has to fulfil in order to obtain a PhD?

MOBILES students are enrolled at the University of Graz (KFUG) as PhD students, and they have to conform to the requirements of the university. Basically, the university curricula require participation in a number of lecture courses (in fact, rather few, typically 2 hours per week) during the PhD work. At the end, the student has to submit a written thesis. After its approval, there is a PhD exam, which consists in a presentation of the thesis results by the student, followed by questions from two examiners. These questions almost always relate to the thesis work and its scientific background.

MOBILES students are expected to plan and pursue a training program that goes beyond this "legal minimum" imposed by the university laws. MOBILES students are expected to take responsibility in organizing guest speakers and student initiated training events, they participate in all MOBILES events, and contribute to the open laboratory policy of the consortium. Dissemination of scientific results is crucial to the program’s goals. Students are expected to report regularly to their thesis committees, participate in the MOBILES literature seminar (MobiLit) and to present annually at the MOBILES Graduate seminar (MobiGrad) and to conclude their projects with publications in international journals. Publication is not a formal degree requirement, but an objective in the joint interest of the student, the supervisor and MOBILES. A key indicator of the quality of the program as a whole is the publication record of MOBILES students.




Kristina Schild

Institute of Molecular Biosciences
Humboldtstrasse 50/ 1, 8010 Graz

Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 5496


Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr.rer.nat.

Monika Oberer

Institute of Molecular Biosciences

Phone:+43 316 380 - 5431

Appointment upon request


Assoz. Prof. Dipl.-Biol. Dr.rer.nat.

Stefan Schild

Institute of Molecular Biosciences

Phone:+43 316 380 - 1970
Fax:++43 316 380-9019

Appointment upon request

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