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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: 3rd August 2021

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 - The role of CD4+ Foxp3+ regulatory T cells for gut microbiome constitution: atherosclerosis and modulatory effects of physical exercise

The role of CD4+ Foxp3+ regulatory T cells for gut microbiome constitution: atherosclerosis and modulatory effects of physical exercise

We are looking for a doctoral researcher to support our aim to identify factors that can serve as diagnostic markers or as therapeutic agents to rebalance the microbiome as well as revealing the causal effects of the dysbalanced microbiome on atherosclerosis.

Supervisor:
Dr. Thierry Siemeni

PhD - Biophysical modelling of the bacterial cell wall

Biophysical modelling of the bacterial cell wall

We are looking for a doctoral researcher to conduct research on the biophysical properties of the bacterial cell envelope, specifically peptidoglycan, using computer simulations.

Supervisor:
Prof. Dr. Rosalind Allen

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.

Postdoc - Quantitative Analysis of Microbial Dynamics in Organ-on-Chip and Animal Models

Quantitative Analysis of Microbial Dynamics in Organ-on-Chip and Animal Models

The project supports the experimental dissection of host microbiomes in various model systems, such as gut-on-chip and animal models.

Supervisor:
Prof. Dr. Thilo Figge

Postdoc - Consequences of bacterial-fungal interactions for intestinal colonization and development of the immune system

Consequences of bacterial-fungal interactions for intestinal colonization and development of the immune system

The aim of this project is to gain novel insights into microbial interactions in the gut and the consequences for microbial colonization and host responses by using three model microbes: C. albicans, Bacteroides vulgatus, and E. faecalis.

Supervisor:
Prof. Dr. Ilse Jacobsen

The Cluster of Excellence is also looking for

1 science communicator

For the Microverse management office we seek a science communicator as a parental leave replacement. The position offers a variety of fields of activity such as writing press releases, maintaining social media channels and implementing communication projects. Creativity and science-affinity are welcome.

The candidate should hold a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in media and communication sciences, journalism, public relations, media design, media technology or visual communication. Furthermore, the position requires strong skills for on-time project management, organizational skills and the ability to work independently.

Application deadline: 28th July 2021

If you have any questions regarding this position, contact angela.koehler@microverse-cluster.de

Applications should comprise a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, copies of certificates. Please submit your application as a single PDF document via email attachment to dez5-bewerbung@uni-jena.de.

The new professorship Theoretical Microbial Ecology seeks to fill the position of a

Postdoctoral Microbiological Lab Manager (m/f/d) in Theoretical Microbial Ecology

The new professorship Theoretical Microbial Ecology of Prof. Rosalind Allen at the Faculty of Biological Sciences is looking for a postdoctoral-level lab manager and researcher to support the international research activities of the group.

The anticipated start date is September 1st, 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter. The new professorship is part of the Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse.

Application deadline: 15th August 2021

Applications in English should comprise a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, copies of academic certificates and a list of publications. Please submit your application by email as a single PDF file, stating the vacancy ID 252/2021 to: microverse@uni-jena.de

Further job openings in the thematic area

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

Doctoral Researcher in Microbiology / Infection Immunology

Doctoral Researcher in Microbiology / Infection Immunology - FungiNet 01/2021

The fungus Candida albicans is both a commensal that can be found on mucosal surfaces of the majority of healthy humans, but also an opportunistic pathogen causing a range of infections. Since the gut is the main reservoir for C. albicans strains causing infection, we’re investigation which mechanisms influence intestinal colonization and how colonization affects the immune system of the host.

The project is part of the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio 124 – FungiNet: Pathogenic fungi and their human host: Networks of interaction

Application deadline: August 3, 2021

Doctoral Researcher in Molecular and Applied Microbiology

Doctoral Researcher in Molecular and Applied Microbiology - FungiNet 02/2021

The successful candidate will work within the framework of a DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center / Transregio 124 “FungiNet” (www.funginet.de) on the surface proteins of the human-pathogenic fungi Lichtheimia corymbifera and Aspergillus fumigatus as virulence determinant.

The project is part of the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio 124 – FungiNet: Pathogenic fungi and their human host: Networks of interaction

Application deadline: August 3, 2021

Doctoral Researcher in Immunobiology

Doctoral Researcher in Immunobiology - FungiNet 222/2021

The Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics seeks to fill the position of a Doctoral researcher in Immunobiology (m/f/d) to work on the role of B cells in Candida albicans infections in a joint project of the department of Cell Biology at the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics and the research group Microbial Immunology at the Hans Knöll Institute Jena.

The project is part of the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio 124 – FungiNet: Pathogenic fungi and their human host: Networks of interaction

Application deadline: August 3, 2021

Doctoral Researcher in Pathogenic Fungi

Doctoral Researcher in Pathogenic Fungi - FungiNet 233/2021

The Institute of Microbiology at the Faculty of Biological Sciences seeks to fill the position of a Doctoral researcher in Pathogenic Fungi (m/f/d) to work on the role of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) and their binding to fungal spore surface proteins during the manifestation of mucormycoses caused by Lichtheimia and other Mucorales.

The project is part of the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio 124 – FungiNet: Pathogenic fungi and their human host: Networks of interaction

Application deadline: August 3, 2021

Fremdsprachenassistenz

Fremdsprachenassistenz (m/w/d)

An der Fakultät für Biowissenschaften ist an den Professuren „Theoretical Microbial Ecology“ und „Viral Ecology“ ab dem 01.09.2021 eine Stelle als Fremdsprachenassistenz (m/w/d) zu besetzen.

Als unser neues Teammitglied tragen Sie maßgeblich zum Erfolg unserer internationalen Aktivitäten in Forschung und Lehre bei. Der Exzellenzcluster „Balance of the Microverse“ erforscht die Interaktionen und Funktionen mikrobieller Gemeinschaften in verschiedenen Lebensräumen, von Ozeanen und Grundwasser bis hin zu pflanzlichen Wirten und dem Menschen.

Bewerbungsdeadline: 30.07.2021