Mission Statement

The Department of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology within the Faculty of Life Sciences aims at a mechanistic understanding of ecological and evolutionary patterns and processes from organismic to ecosystem scale. Specifically, we study and teach biodiversity, symbioses, metabolic pathways, ecophysiology and ecosystem functioning in light of environmental change.

Deadline: 10th of January 2024

Call for applications: Full Professor of Marine Biology

The University of Vienna is internationally renowned for its excellence in teaching and research, and counts more than 7,500 academics from all disciplines. This breadth of expertise offers unique opportunities to address the complex challenges of modern society, to develop comprehensive new approaches, and educate the problem-solvers of tomorrow from a multidisciplinary perspective. At the Faculty of Life Sciences, the University of Vienna seeks to appoint a full professor of marine biology.



The position:

The successful candidate qualifies by an outstanding and internationally recognized research portfolio in marine biology (marine ecology) at the population, community or ecosystem level with a focus on, or including higher organisms (animals, multicellular plants). Scientists whose research programs complement existing areas and allow interaction with established groups at the Faculty of Life Sciences are encouraged to apply. Strong commitment to the further development of the discipline especially with regard to environmental change is expected. The professorship represents the discipline marine biology (marine ecology) in teaching at all levels of study (BA, MA, PhD).


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Archaea Biology and Ecogenomics

Christa Schleper - Archaea Ecology and Evolution
Silvia Bulgheresi - Environmental Cell Biology
Simon Rittmann - Archaea Physiology & Biotechnology
Filipa Sousa - Genome Evolution and Ecology


Christian Griebler - Groundwater Ecology
Hubert Keckeis - Fish Ecology
Michael Schagerl - Phycology

Molecular Systems Biology

Wolfram Weckwerth - Systems Theory in Ecology and Biology
Stefanie Wienkoop - Plant-Microsymbiont Interaction
Markus Teige - Plant signalling

Verena Ibl - Cell biology in Crop Seeds
Ingeborg Lang - Structural and functional plant cell biology
Steffen Waldherr Computational methods for systems biology

Bio-Oceanography and Marine Biology

Monika Bright - Marine Benthic Ecology
Federico Baltar - Fungal and Biogeochemical Oceanography



"CRISPR-mediated genome editing in Sulfolobus solfataricus"

Tu, 16 May 2017, 3:30 p.m., Übungsraum 6, UZA 1



Christa Schleper as sheds light on her views of the origin of life.




LTAS Seminar coming up with Philipp Weber giving a talk on "Septal MreB-mediated cell widening in longitudinally dividing rod-shaped symbionts"




Prof. Christa Schleper was elected Full Member of the Division of Mathematics and the Natural Sciences of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW).


"Comparative Genomics of Archaeal Metabolism"

"Comparative physiology of methanogenic archaea with respect to biotechnological application"




Nika Pende receives Dissertation Completion Fellowship her PhD thesis "RE-ATTACH: Reproduction Mechanisms of Host-attached Bacteria".