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since 2024 Independent consultant for bioinformatics and molecular genetics.
2019 - 2024 Geneticist, bioinformatician, and molecular biologist at the Praxis für Humangentik, Vienna, Austria.
2009 - 2019 Assistant Professor at the Molecular Ecology Group, University of Innsbruck, Austria. Involved in the whole field of Molecular Ecology, including next generation sequencing, the development and application of genetic markers, evolution, phylogeography and population dynamics of European metazoan species, symbiosis research, and bioinformatics.
1996 - 2013 Volunteer at the Vienna Red Cross. Emergency paramedic, commander and consultant scientist of the CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats) recovery group.
2006 - 2009 Research associate at the Department of Forest and Soil Sciences, University of Natural Ressources and Life Sciences (Boku), Vienna, Austria. Involved in the Austrian Science Fund project ´Multiple Wolbachia infection in the Cherry Fruit Fly Rhagoletis cerasi and their potential application for biological pest control management´.
2006 Staff scientist at the Department of Genetics, Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape, Vienna, Austria. Development of molecular markers for forest seed certification.
2003 - 2006 Research associate at the Institute of Forest Entomology, Forest Pathology and Forest Protection, Boku. Development and application of a broad spectrum of molecular methods (e.g. DNA extraction, PCR, cloning, enriched libraries, hybridization techniques, fragment analysis, SSCP) in entomology. Isolation of microsatellites, collection and analysis of phylogenetic data.
2003 Six months project assistant at the Austrian Red Cross head office, Department of Disaster Relief. Evaluation of structural damages after the 2002 floods in Austria and development of mathematical models for the distribution of relief funds.
1996 - 2003 Staff scientist at the Plant Biotechnology Group, Institute of Applied Microbiology, Boku. Establishment and maintainance of plant tissue cultures. In vitro, greenhouse, and field trials in plant virology, detection of viruses and mycoplasmas by ELISA, tissue print, and PCR. Virus elimination by meristem culture. Development and implementation of the working group's web presentation.
1988 - 1996 Freelancing team member at the Plant Biotech Lab, Department of Life Sciences, Austrian Research Center Seibersdorf. Virus detection and elimination in potato, study of plant-pathogen interactions using the chestnut blight fungus - chestnut tree - system. Training and applied work with various radioisotopes.


2011 Advanced RNA-Seq and ChIP-Seq Data Analysis Course at the European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, UK
2009 Bioinformatics training "MMPG09: Molecular Markers and Population Genetics" at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Lisboa, Portugal
2008 Bioinformatics training "MEPA08: Molecular Evolution, Phylogenetics and Adaptation" at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Lisboa, Portugal
2005 Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology at Boku, Vienna. Thesis "Mitochondrial and Nuclear Markers for Analyzing the Phylogeography of Pityogenes chalcographus (Coleoptera, Scolytidae): Development, Applications and Pitfalls"
2000 Accreditation as a trainer for on-job apprentices in Austria
1998 Accreditation as emergency paramedic
1994 Applied radiation safety training according to Austrian law §28 and §29 BGBl 47/1972
1993 - 1999 Diplomstudium (MSc equivalent) in landscape ecology, Boku, Vienna Master thesis "Investigations on biocontrol of chestnut blight"; practical work performed at ARCS under supervision of Dr. Eva Wilhelm


2014 - 2016 "Integrative taxonomy of the jumping-bristletail genus Machilis (Insecta, Microcoryphia): towards reconstructing the evolutionary history of Alpine endemism." Research project funded by the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol
2013 - 2014 "Resolving the phylogeny of alpine ground beetles of the genus Trechus: a pilot study." Research project funded by the Aktion D. Swarovski
2012 - 2014 Head of the organizing committee of the 8th International Wolbachia Conference, June 2014, Igls, Austria
2013 "Development of a PCR-based single-tube universal test for bacterial endosymbionts of arthropod and nematod species." Research project funded by the Hypo Tirol Bank Forschungsförderungspreis
2012 - 2013 Member of the organizing committee of the 5th Central European Workshop of Myrmecology, September 2013, Innsbruck, Austria
2012 "Development of a highly sensitive, strain specific diagnostic tool for Wolbachia in the field model species Rhagoletis cerasi." Research project funded by the Aktion D. Swarovski
2011 - 2012 "The Wolbachia status of a cryptic ant species complex and its implications for host species evolution." Research project funded by the Tyrolian Science Fund
2011 - 2012 "Parthenogenesis in Alpine jumping bristletails." Research project funded in frame of the Young scientists award of the University of Innsbruck


January 17, 2010 Birth of Jakob Arthofer
March 16, 2008 Birth of my first child Tobias Arthofer
since 2007 Married to Patrizia Arthofer-Peer
1996 Practical training and certification for handling technical explosives according to Austrian law §7 BGBl 441/1975
1996 Federal accreditation as a lector for disaster relief and civil protection in courses held for participants of the alternative civilian service
1995 - 1996 11 months alternative civilian service at the Austrian Red Cross
1988 Trainee at the Federal Biological Research Centre, Braunschweig, Germany
1987 Trainee at the Federal Agency for Viticulture, Eisenstadt, Austria
1984 Acquisition of my first computer, a Commodore 64. Since then I have worked on various systems, including the VAX, PC's running the first versions of Microsoft Windows, and recent high-performance systems like the VSC-3. My favourite programming languages are Python, PHP, Javascript, Free Pascal, and R.
May 18, 1968 Born in Eisenstadt, Austria