Next Call

Please note that the next call will open on:

1 March 2020

Questions concerning your application should be directed to the

Post Doc Programme Manager, Dr. Yan Sun (Opens window for sending


Scientific excellence and signs of independence are the hallmarks of VIP2. As such, the program is open to highly motivated and talented young scientists of all nationalities, whether they are aiming for a career in academia or in the private sector.

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must hold a PhD in life sciences or related disciplines such as physics, engineering, chemistry, or mathematics.
  • The proposed scientific project must match the research carried out on campus (applicants should name one or more potential host groups).
  • Candidates are strongly advised to communicate with their preferred mentor(s) to compose their individual research project.
  • Applicants must have at least one first-author publication or manuscript published on bioRxiv or arXiv. This provides written documentation that the applicant can successfully complete a scientific project and bring it to a written form.  The manuscript allows in-depth evaluation of the previous achievements of the candidate.
  • By the time of the call deadline applicants must also undertake transnational mobility according to the Marie Curie Action.  That is, they should not have resided in or carried out their main activity (work, studies) in Austria for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline.

Application requirements

All applications must be submitted via our online portal (link available when call opens) including the following information:

  • Personal information: name, contact details, current place of education/employment
  • Main scientific area (choose from one of the 7 areas at the VBC) and up to 5 keywords
  • DOI of first-author publication or manuscript
  • Contact details for two referees. The system will send an automatic email to referees with instructions

And upload the following documents:

  • CV with details of education, scientific training starting from Bachelor’s, honours, etc.
  • PDFs of transcripts and certificates of training 
  • A five-page scientific project proposal for the lab of interest
  • A one-page explanation of the project written for the public, outlining the societal impact


Application period15 April15 June
Step 1: Application review           16 June15 Sept
Step 2: On-site visitMid October             
ResultsEnd October