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Vilnius has a lot to offer for those following an academic path in the life sciences, including taking part in postdoctoral research or continuing your Ph.D. Vilnius University’s Life Sciences Centre is a key player in the field of life sciences – you can specialise in biotechnology, biochemistry, or biosciences with field-leading scientists as mentors. Your studies will be enhanced by the centre’s modern infrastructure and the opportunities you’ll have to cooperate with recognised international research institutions and business partners.
Also, the European Laboratory of Molecular Biology (EMBL) is opening a partnership institute at the LSC, providing new opportunities for Lithuania to contribute research and innovations in the life sciences at a global scale. The EMBL unit in Vilnius will develop and strengthen technology related to gene therapy, which was pioneered in part by VU LSC Prof. Šikšnys.
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There are more than 400 companies active in the life sciences industry in Vilnius, and more than 50 startups focused on the life sciences. You can see a few of them below.
Beyond the exclusive career opportunities in Vilnius, the city also allows you to find a perfect work/life balance. Relocating is a smooth process – you will be joining a vibrant and welcoming local community and receive help to get the hang of Vilnius. Even though the city is almost 700 years old, it boasts all the benefits of a metropolis without the drawbacks of a large city. It’s compact, so you can get around easily – walk, ride a bike, take a scooter or use a car-sharing service for out-of-town trips. As one of Europe’s capitals with the most green spaces, you’ll be able to hike in forests right in the city centre or go for a run along the Neris River. And if you do become a local, you should know that residents of Vilnius score high on the Happiness Index.