Discovery Scientist, Vienna area

Postdoc level

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Kontakt: Ariel Bensimon
Telefon: +43 664 2207581

About Solgate

Solgate is a new research-driven biopharmaceutical startup that develops drugs targeting solute carrier (SLC) proteins, the largest family of membrane transporters. By modulating the function of the “gates” to cellular metabolism, Solgate aims to address unmet medical needs in neurological diseases, in metabolic disorders and in cancer. Solgate is located in the newly established IST Park, a space housing a growing community of technology startups and biotech companies, adjacent to IST Austria in Klosterneuburg, near Vienna.

The Position

Solgate is seeking to hire a motivated and accomplished Discovery Scientist (postdoc level) to join our fast-growing interdisciplinary research team, together developing novel small molecule therapeutics that modulate the functions of membrane transporters. The position spans the interface of functional genomics, molecular biology, and advanced computational methodology.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Employ innovative problem-solving skills utilizing cutting edge technologies combined with genetic engineering to identify drug targets and hit compounds
  • Design quantitative experiments with rigorous attention to parameters to support robust scientific conclusions
  • Provide leadership in the laboratory through scientific/technical mentoring
  • Engage in multidisciplinary research projects and closely collaborate with Solgate team members to progress therapeutic targets
  • Propose targets for experimental prosecution based on a clear biological hypothesis. Develop clear hypotheses for target genes, select appropriate assays, then establish and validate their mechanism of action
  • Organize, summarize and deliver data, in written and oral presentations
  • Contribute to documentation, laboratory infrastructure management

To accomplish the responsibilities of this role, the candidate must demonstrate excellent interpersonal, organization and communication skills in addition to rigorous scientific thinking.

Your Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Cell Biology, Biophysics, Biochemistry, or similar field with expertise in molecular biology
  • Demonstrated relevant publication track record and excellent skills in performing and documenting experiments
  • 4+ years of academic/industry experience in at least one  technique: genetic engineering and genetic screens, high throughput screening, biophysical assays, advanced microscopy or proteomics
  • Experience in automation & liquid handling, data analysis (R, Python, or similar), chemical screening or animal models are considered valued assets
  • Proactive, efficient team player who is able to work both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Experience in project leadership demonstrated by creative problem solving and excellent planning and analytical skills
  • Strong background in a specific therapeutic area and the mechanisms of disease is desirable
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written) is required.

At Solgate, you will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills to advance your career and take part in the growth of Solgate from its early days. Solgate embraces diversity and equal opportunity and we are committed to building our team to represent a range of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We can offer you a gross monthly remuneration starting at 3838€. The actual market-rate remuneration package will be guided by your professional experience and your qualifications, with readiness to pay in excess of the amount in Austrian collective agreements.

To apply, please submit your letter of motivation and your curriculum vitae (including the contact details of two references) to our recruitment team using the link:

Please provide the documents as separate PDFs, with your name. We can only consider full applications. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For any questions regarding the position, e-mail us (



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