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The Siegert Lab is continuously looking for new talents.

If you are passionate about scientific research, motivated, ambitious and driven; we want you to be part of our team!

We strive to create and sustain a dynamic laboratory group of diverse and international members with a multicultural background because we believe such richness stimulates and fosters creativity.

If you are interested in joining our group, please take a moment and submit your application.

Internship/Master thesis project

The Siegert group ( is working in the field of neuroimmunology and studies the interaction of microglia with neurons. Recent research findings in our group indicate that microglia are critically involved in neuronal plasticity. The Internship/Master project builds upon this discovery and focuses on treating depression related behavior in mice.

The aim of the project is first to establish learning and social behavior testing paradigms in mice and then validate the success of anti-depressive drug treatment using these paradigms. The behavioral studies will then be combined with immunostainings and neuronal plasticity marker identification.

The successful candidate has a Bachelor or Master’s degree in Biology or similar, and has previous experience working in a wet-lab environment and with mice. Mouse behavioral experiment knowledge is an advantage but not required.
The successful candidate shows creativity, initiative and enthusiasm to carry out the experiments, and has problem-solving skills.

– Works independently after an initial training phase.
– Plans and performs experiments rigorously.
– Analyzes, interprets and presents data in front of a scientific audience.

We will offer up to a 1-year fully funded project at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria, an international and interdisciplinary research institute
( Weekly lab meetings provide a platform to exchange research ideas or concerns amongst the Siegert group members who are comprised of experts in fields from molecular and cellular neuroscience to induced pluripotent stem cell research.

The position is available immediately.
If you are interested in this position, please send a letter of motivation, a CV, and the contact of at least two references to the email address with the subject title “Internship behavior”.

Graduate students

Graduate students are enrolled once per year via the IST Austria graduation program. Bachelor’s as well as Master’s can apply to this program. Students spend the first year completing coursework and rotations before choosing a thesis group and passing the qualifying exam. A detailed description about the program and the application procedure is described here.

If you already interested to perform an Internship before the start of the graduation program in September, please write an email including CV, motivation letter, and the name of two references to sandra.siegert (at)

Internships/ ERASMUS

Candidates, who would like to perform an internship within the group, write an email including CV and motivation letter, and the name of two references to sandra.siegert (at) Also indicate in the cover letter, the length of the planned internship as well as the time window. We expect a minimum internship length of at least 8 weeks.

Once per year, IST Austria offers a summer ISTernship for outstanding undergraduate students. The application deadline is usually around February each year. Please find the details of this fellowship here.