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The Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse invites applications for

Several doctoral and postdoctoral researcher positions

The Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena combines expertise in life, material, optical and computational sciences to elevate microbiome studies from descriptive to hypothesis-driven and functional analyses. Our core mission is to elucidate fundamental principles of the interactions and functions in microbial communities in diverse habitats ranging from oceans and ground water to plant and human hosts. The affiliated early career program of the Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) offers an ambitious, structured and interdisciplinary post-graduate training based on top-level fundamental research.

We are curently offering several postdoctoral and doctoral researcher positions. We are seeking motivated and engaging candidates who strive to collaborate widely and look beyond traditional disciplines to further our mission.

Application deadline: 21 February 2022

Applications for these positions are accepted via the JSMC Online Application Portal:
apply.jsmc.uni-jena.de.

Please note that you may apply for up to three projects during the application process. For your application we require scans of your graduation certificates and/or academic transcripts.

For questions and further information please contact us: office@jsmc.info

Doctoral researcher positions

Doctoral researchers at the Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse will benefit from research-oriented teaching, interdisciplinary training and career development support.

PhD - Genomics of Virus-Host Interaction

Genomics of Virus-Host Interaction

We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to set up a new research line “High-throughput Microbial Ecology” within the new Viral Ecology and Omics Group of Prof. Bas E. Dutilh at the Microverse Cluster in Jena. Do you want to contribute and shape the future of microbial ecology research? Join our team!

Supervisor:
Prof. Dr. Bas Dutilh

PhD - Molecular communication involving membranes and lipid rafts

Molecular communication involving membranes and lipid rafts

In this highly collaborative and interdisciplinary project with the group of Prof. Dr. Axel Brakhage (Microverse PhD 23/2021), we aim at employing microscopy tools to elucidate the role of membrane organization such as lipid nanodomains and ordering in combination with membrane-active compounds on intracellular communication between microorganisms.

Supervisor:
Prof. Dr. Christian Eggeling

PhD - Molecular communication involving membranes and lipid rafts in infection biology

Molecular communication involving membranes and lipid rafts in infection biology

In this project, we will address two important aspects of intercellular communication in particular with emphasis on infection biology of fungi. This project will collaborate with researchers from the project Microverse PhD 22/2021.

Supervisor:
Prof. Dr. Axel Brakhage

PhD - Natural products shaping microbial communication (RaMiCo)

Natural products shaping microbial communication (RaMiCo)

The aim of this project is to characterize and detect with sophisticated optical methods natural products that are important molecules for communication between microorganisms and shaping of microbial consortia (microbiomes). At the same time many of them are important dugs like antibiotics. In the project the doctoral researcher will collaborate with an expert on optical technologies in particular on Raman spectroscopy (project Microverse PhD 27/2021).

Supervisor:
Prof. Dr. Axel Brakhage

PhD - Ultrasensitive Raman-based detection of natural products in microbial communication (RaMiCo)

Ultrasensitive Raman-based detection of natural products in microbial communication (RaMiCo)

The aim of this project is to characterize and detect the natural products by sophisticated methods combining electrochemistry and surface-enhanced linear/nonlinear Raman spectroscopy to enhance their molecular specific fingerprint information and link it to their electrochemical state. In the project the doctoral researcher will collaborate with a doctoral researcher from the Microverse PhD project 26/2021.

Supervisor:
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp

PhD - T-Cell Immunology

T-Cell Immunology

The newly established Department of Infection Immunology at the The Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute invites talented and highly gifted candidates to apply as a Doctoral Researcher (f/div/m) in T-Cell Immunology for three years. The prospective candidate will have the opportunity to investigate the regulation of human tissue resident T-cells and their crosstalk with the microenvironment in solid organ transplantation and cancer.

Supervisor:
Prof. Dr. Christina Zielinski

Postdoctoral researcher positions

Postdoctoral researchers will find a highly cooperative environment in the Cluster of Excellence. They will benefit from mentoring and career orientation offers as well as networking activities.

High-throughput Microbial Ecology

High-throughput Microbial Ecology

We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to set up a new research line “High-throughput Microbial Ecology” within the new Viral Ecology and Omics Group of Prof. Bas E. Dutilh at the Microverse Cluster in Jena. Do you want to contribute and shape the future of microbial ecology research? Join our team!

Supervisor:
Prof. Dr. Bas Dutilh

Postdoc - Microbial Ecology

Resilience of the Groundwater Microbiome

This projects specifically aims to elucidate the interactions and metabolic dependencies of microbes that coexist with bacteria of the Candidate Phyla Radiation (CPR) in groundwater.

Supervisor:
Prof. Dr. Kirsten Küsel

As part of the International Scientists Exchange Program we invite applications for a

Postdoctoral Researcher in Innate Immunity (m/f/d)

A postdoctoral position is available to study host-microbe interactions focusing on extracellular vesicles, innate immunity, and inflammasomes in the context of infectious and inflammatory diseases including sepsis. This two-year postdoctoral position is jointly supervised by Vijay Rathinam (UConn Health) and Michael Bauer (Jena University Hospital). Most of the postdoctoral research will be conducted in Dr. Rathinam’s lab at UConn Health and some in Jena.

Application deadline: 21 February 2022

Applications are exclusively accepted via the JSMC Online Application Portal: apply.jsmc.uni-jena.de

Job openings in the Cluster Management Office

Scientific coordinator (m/f/d)

The Cluster Management Office is looking for a scientific coordinator within the Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse. The position will combine diverse duties supporting the Cluster Management in the Cluster organisation to provide the optimal environment for excellent research e.g. development of research strategies, preparation of scientific events, grant proposal writing and implementation of the Cluster`s International Scientists Exchange Program.

Application deadline: 31st January 2022

Please submit your application (as a single pdf-file) stating the vacancy 406/2021 to:

angela.koehler@microverse-cluster.de

We are also looking for

1 System Administrator

For the new Microverse professorships we seek an system administrator supporting the new research groups that focus on the interactions between microorganisms, their environments, and understand and predict their dynamics in space and time. A key tool in the research of these groups will be the use of high-performance computing, indispensable in an age where Big Data is transforming the way Life Sciences research is performed.

The position offers a variety of tasks such as set up, manage, inspect and maintain computational hardware and software as well as assistance for group members.

The candidate should hold a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in an IT-related study or training. Furthermore, the position requires experiences with diverse software programs and database maintainance.

Application deadline: 31st January 2022

Applications should comprise a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, copies of certificates and a list of publications. Please submit your application as a single PDF document, stating the vacancy ID 442/2021 via email attachment to dez5-bewerbung@uni-jena.de.

Further job openings

Scientists and Staff of the Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse work in a highly interwoven research environment. Here we publish job advertisements of our research groups, associated institutions and research alliances in the thematic area.

Biological or chemical technical Assistant (m/f/d)

The new Viral Ecology and Omics group of Prof. Bas Dutilh is looking for a technical assistant to support the S1/S2 wet lab that features a state-of-the-art laboratory automation system with high throughput plate reader, microscopy, microbiology and molecular biology facilities. You will be responsible for selected lab routines and services needed to maintain the daily lab life. In addition, you will have the chance to further develop your own skills by being involved in research projects.

Application deadline: 31st January 2022

Please submit your application (as a single pdf-file) stating the vacancy 469/2021 to:

dez5-bewerbung@uni-jena.de

Biological or chemical technical Assistant (m/f/d)

A biological-technical or chemical-technical assistant supporting the microbiological wet lab activities of our group. In coordination with the lab manager, you will be responsible for lab routines and services needed to maintain the day to day function of the lab. In addition, you will have the chance to further develop your own skills by being involved in state-of-the-art research projects.

Application deadline: 13 February 2022

Please submit your application (as a single pdf-file) stating the vacancy 25/2022 to:

dez5-bewerbung@uni-jena.de