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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: 29 November 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 - Molecular communication involving membranes and lipid rafts

Molecular communication involving membranes and lipid rafts

In this project, we will address two important aspects of intercellular communication: 1) the importance of membrane fluidity and lipid rafts for signal perception from outside and signal transduction within a cell; and 2) the analysis of changes in membrane fluidity and lipid raft composition by super-resolution and spectral imaging during communication processes.

Supervisor:
Prof. Dr. Axel Brakhage

PhD - Probing cholera infection on a chip

Probing cholera infection on a chip

In this interdisciplinary project, we will harness the power of a “gut-on-a-chip” model to mimic the interaction of V. cholerae with human intestinal cells to study the role of bacterial intercellular communication processes, such as quorum sensing (QS), during the colonization process.

Supervisor:
Dr. Alexander Mosig

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

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

We are looking for two doctoral researchers for this project, one to take forward the Raman imaging in the laboratory of Prof. Popp and one to focus on the molecular biology of natural products in the laboratory of Prof. Brakhage. So please also have a look at 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)

We are looking for two doctoral researchers for this project, one to take forward the Raman imaging in the laboratory of Prof. Popp and one to focus on the molecular biology of natural products in the laboratory of Prof. Brakhage. So please also have a look at project Microverse PhD 26/2021.

Supervisor:
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp

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 - Probing cholera infection on a chip

Probing cholera infection on a chip

In this interdisciplinary project, we will harness the power of a “gut-on-a-chip” model to mimic the interaction of Vibrio cholerae with human intestinal cells to study the role of bacterial intercellular communication processes, such as quorum sensing (QS), during the colonization process

Supervisor:
Prof. Dr. Kai Papenfort

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: 29th November 2021

Applications are exclusively accepted via the JSMC Online Application Portal: apply.jsmc.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.

Project coordinator (m/f/d)

The Collaborative Research Center/Transregio 124  "FungiNet - Pathogenic Fungi and their Human Host: Networks of Interaction" (www.fungi.de) is looking for a project coordinator. You will be the central point of contact for the participating scientists and support them in the administration of their research work.

Please find the job advertisement for more details.

Application deadline: 11th November 2021

Please submit your application (as a single pdf-file) stating the vacancy 377/2021 and a possible starting date to:

dez5-bewerbung@uni-jena.de