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The Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse invites applications for

6 doctoral and 2 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: 25th June 2020

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 - Adaptation of the major human pathogen Klebsiella pneumoniae to multispecies environments

Adaptation of the major human pathogen Klebsiella pneumoniae to multispecies environments

We are looking for a doctoral researcher to analyse the transcriptomes of different, clinically relevant strains of K. pneumoniae both when grown under standard conditions, as well as when in contact with host cells and within defined microbial communities.

Supervisor:
Dr. Kathrin Fröhlich

PhD - Autoinducer-controlled riboswitches in commensal and pathogenic bacteria

Autoinducer-controlled riboswitches in commensal and pathogenic bacteria

We are looking for a doctoral researcher to identify riboswitch-autoinducer interactions existing in commensal microorganisms of the human gut microbiota, as well as in important intestinal pathogens.

Supervisor:
Prof. Kai Papenfort

PhD - Evolutionary adaptations to life in the gut by Candida albicans

Evolutionary adaptations to life in the gut by Candida albicans

We are looking for a doctoral researcher to determine what genetic factors favour C. albicans colonization of the gut especially of people in industrialized societies.

Supervisor:
Prof. Bernhard Hube

PhD - Fungal Informatics

Fungal Informatics

We are looking for a doctoral researcher to investigate how ecological interactions shape human pathogenicity in fungi using computational and experimental approaches.

Supervisor:
Dr. Amelia Barber

PhD - Targeted “fishing” for microbial interaction partners

Targeted “fishing” for microbial interaction partners

We are looking for a doctoral researcher to establish stable co-cultures of CPR organisms and their hosts to investigate the mechanisms and consequences of interactions driving microbial activity.

Supervisor:
Dr. Martin Taubert

PhD - Fungal RNA Biology

Fungal RNA Biology

We are looking for a doctoral researcher to identify the small RNA repertoire of fungi during infection as well as to elucidate and charcterize novel RNA regulatory pathways in filamentous fungi.

Supervisor:
Dr. Matthew Blango

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

Modelling and computer simulation of multipartite lung microbiome systems

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to elucidate the systems behavior of concrete multipartite systems of microorganisms in the human lung, by using methods of theoretical Systems Biology.

Supervisor:
Prof. Stefan Schuster

Postdoc - Fungal Pathogenesis

Fungal Pathogenesis

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to identify the RNA repertoire of host-derived extracellular vesicles in response to fungal infections and to investigate the potential of host-derived RNA as diagnostics for fungal infection.

Supervisor:
Dr. Matthew Blango

We are also looking for

1 Imaging specialist for the Microverse Imaging Center

The Microverse Imaging Center offers support in biomedical imaging to the members of the Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse and other researchers in Jena. The successful candidate will focus on supporting the users in training and assisting microscope usage and helping to run the facility.

Application deadline: 25th June 2020

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

For questions and further information please contact our Head of Imaging Aurélie Jost (aurelie.jost@uni-jena.de)

The Cluster of Excellence is also offering

1 junior group leader to head a research group on Causal Inference

The concerted efforts in the Cluster generate a diversity of data from microbial consortia in various habitats. Within the Cluster of Excellence, a junior research group will be established focusing on the development of methods and tools for the identification of cause-effect relations.

Applications in English should comprise a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, copies of academic certificates, research agenda, a list of publications with selected reprints, a list of successful grant applications and a description of teaching experience. Please submit your application as a single PDF document via email attachment to microverse@uni-jena.de.