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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.

We are regularly publishing open positions here.

We are offering

1 W3 professorship Microbiome Dynamics

We seek a candidate with a successful track record in microbiome research with emphasis on Fungi. This professorship will be expected to carry out a rigorous research program in the dynamics of host-associated microbiome composition and function, incorporating the fungal component of microbiomes.

Application deadline: 5th May 2021

For more information visit our Professorships website

The Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse invites applications for

3 doctoral and 1 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 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: 29th April 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 - Microbiota-driven risk assessment, prevention and clearance of invasive aspergillosis

Microbiota-driven risk assessment, prevention and clearance of invasive aspergillosis

We are looking for a doctoral researcher to (1) to investigate the dysbalance in gut and lung microbiota associated with the immunosuppression and pathogenesis of A. fumigatus, (2) to identify microbiome-related metabolic dependencies of A. fumigatus pathogenesis that can be used to explore novel drugable targets, (3) to interrogate whether the therapeutic benefit of antifungal treatment is in part mediated by the gut and lung microbiota or whether antifungal treatment helps to rebalance the distorted microbiome.

Supervisor:
Prof. Axel Brakhage

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 - T-Cell Immunology

T-Cell Immunology

We are looking for a doctoral researcher to investigate the metabolic regulation of human tissue resident T-cells and their crosstalk with the microenvironment.

Supervisor:
Prof. 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.

Postdoc - Modelling and computer simulation of multipartite lung microbiome systems

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

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher 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. 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: 5th May 2021

If you have any questions regarding this position, contact alena.gold@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@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.

Open-Topic Junior Research Group Leader

Open-Topic Junior Research Group Leader

The profile line LIFE supports existing structures within the current focal research areas in the life sciences and medicine. At the same time, new and innovative topics are identified and promoted. The current focal research areas in LIFE are microbiology and chemical signals, infection biology, biodiversity, bio-geo-interactions, aging research, and bioinformatics and systems biology.

More information on the
profile line LIFE

Job opportunity:
Open-Topic Junior Group Leader

Application deadline: May 31, 2021