Student Opportunity Announcements

9 Doctoral Researcher Positions (TV-L E13, 65%)

The Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) is funded by the German Excellence Initiative. JSMC is an ambitious Graduate School with over 150 PhD students who are educated in a structured, interdisciplinary training program based on top-level fundamental research. It conceptionally combines different research areas to a comprehensive picture of microbial communication ( Institutes at five faculties of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, six non-university research institutes as well as 12 partner companies are participating in this cutting-edge research and training program. 
The Graduate School of Excellence ‘JSMC’ invites applications for

9 Doctoral Researcher Positions (TV-L E13, 65%)
Research projects on several topics in Natural and Life Sciences

We expect:
• a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Natural or Life Sciences (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Bioinformatics, Geosciences, Biomedical Sciences, Biotechnology, etc.). Candidates about to obtain their degree are welcome to apply
• high motivation and interest in joining one of the interdisciplinary research areas of the JSMC
• creativity and interest in shaping your own thesis project
• an integrative and cooperative personality with enthusiasm for actively participating in the lively JSMC Community 
• very good communication skills in English (the language of instruction at the JSMC)

We offer:
• a highly communicative atmosphere within a scientific network providing top-level research facilities
• a doctoral researcher position (TV-L E13, 65%) funded for three years based on the regulations of the DFG (German Research Foundation) as well as generous research funding
• a comprehensive mentoring program with supervision by a team of advisors
• a top-level PhD training program with courses in state-of-the-art research technologies and soft skills
• Jena – the German City of Science 2008: a young and lively town with dynamic business activities, successful scientific centers of innovation and a vibrant cultural scene around the famous Friedrich Schiller University

Friedrich Schiller University Jena is an equal opportunity employer. We also welcome applications from disabled persons.
Severely disabled applicants will be preferred given equal qualifications. 

The application procedure takes place exclusively online via the Online Application Portal on the JSMC website:

Please acquaint yourself with the open PhD projects and the application process described on this website. 
Selected applicants will be invited to the JSMC Recruitment Meeting in Jena, Germany, on June 16-18, 2014. Awarding decisions will be made shortly thereafter, allowing the projects to start immediately.

Application deadline: March 31st, 2014 (12pm, CET)  

PhD Research Projects / JSMC Recruitment Call 2014/1
Project details available at: 

81/2014 Udo Hahn
Jena University Language & Information Engineering Lab
Reinhard Guthke
Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology, Jena
Extraction of unstructured information related to gene regulatory interactions in human pathogenic fungi from biological research papers

87/2014 Ekaterina Shelest & Axel Brakhage
Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology, Jena
Epigenetic control of secondary metabolism in filamentous fungi (Bioinformatic analysis and modeling)

97/2014 Ute Neugebauer
Jena University Hospital Center for Sepsis Control and Care
Characterization of pathogen-leukocyte interaction by means of Raman spectroscopy

99/2014 Klaus D. Jandt / Jörg Bossert
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Otto-Schott-Institut für Materialforschung (OSIM)
Control of microbial adhesion through physically and chemically nanostructured materials surfaces for the reduction of materials-associated infections

102/2014 Dirk Hoffmeister
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Pharmaceutical Microbiology
Basidiomycete polyketides as potential mediators in organismal interactions

103/2014 Stefan Lorkowski
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Institute of Nutrition
Analysis of the molecular interaction of the human pathogenic fungus Candida albicans with human immune effector cells
104/2014 Christine Beemelmanns
Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology, Jena
Exploring the chemical potential and mechanisms of marine microbe-invertebrate interactions

105/2014 Pierre Stallforth
Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology, Jena
Discovery of Small Molecule Inhibitors of Multicellular Development

106/2014 Ralf Oelmüller
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Institute of General Botany and Plant Physiology
Symbiosis-specific exudate components from the beneficial root-colonizing fungus Piriformospora indica and Arabidopsis thaliana