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Doctoral / Postdoctoral Researcher Position (f/m/d) for the Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena / Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC)
The Cluster of Excellence "Balance of the Microverse" of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany,
combines expertse in life, material, optcal and computatonal sciences to elevate microbiome studies from
descriptve to hypothesis-driven and functonal analyses. Our core mission is to elucidate fundamental
principles of the interactons and functons in microbial communites in diverse habitats ranging from oceans
and groundwater to plant and human hosts. We aim to identfy the shared characterises of disturbed or
polluted ecosystems as well as infectous diseases on the microbiome level, and develop strategies for their
remediaton by targeted interventons. Our full spectrum of expertse in the physical and life sciences will be
leveraged to address these important issues in natural habitats as well as synthetc arenas in a collaborate
manner. The affiliated early career program of the Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) offers an
ambitous, structured and interdisciplinary post-graduate training based on top-level fundamental research.
The Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse invites applications for
2 Doctoral Researcher Positions and 1 Postdoctoral Researcher Position
We are recruitng engaging and motvated individuals to join our research cluster. Important for all candidates
will be the willingness to collaborate widely and to look beyond traditonal disciplines to further our mission.
What are the similarites and differences in the recruitment and maintenance of plant and animal
microbiomes? What imaging technologies can best be adapted to study microbes in their natural environment
with minimal artficial manipulaton? What can we learn about the resilience and stability of microbial
communites in diverse environments such as soil, the oceans and ground water? How can we translate our
understanding of microbiomes to positve societal impact? Answering these questons requires that we come
together as a scientfic community to which we contribute expertse as well as a curiosity about unfamiliar
A degree (MSc, PhD or equivalent) in natural sciences (Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology,
Biochemistry, Bioinformatcs, Physics or closely related fields). Candidates in the final stages of
obtaining their degree are eligible to apply
Desirable methodological skills: excellent background in molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology,
immunology and/or microbiology, hands-on knowledge of analytcal methods
Highly motvated individuals with an interest in joining one of the interdisciplinary research areas of
the Microverse Cluster
The abililty to work creatvely and independently towards developing your own research project
A collaborate personality with enthusiasm for actvely partcipatng in the dynamic Microverse
Excellent English communicaton skills, both written and spoken
A highly communicate atmosphere within a scientfic network providing top-level research facilites
A comprehensive mentoring program and soft skill courses for early career researchers
Jena - City of Science: a young and lively town with a vibrant local cultural agenda
The positons will be funded through the Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state governments, the
Carl Zeiss Foundaton or the German Academic Exchange Service. The Friedrich Schiller University Jena is an
equal opportunity employer and part-tme contracts can be discussed. Disabled persons with comparable
qualificatons will receive preferental status.
Applicatons are exclusively accepted via the JSMC Online Applicaton Portal:
Please familiarize yourself with the currently available projects (www.microverse-cluster.de) and the applicaton
process as described in the Online Applicaton Portal. Selected applicants will be invited to an online
recruitment meetng taking place in May. Awarding decisions will be announced shortly thereafter, and
candidates are expected to be available to start their projects in mid 2021.
Application deadline: 29th April 2021