The Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse invites applications for

2 doctoral and 1 doctoral or 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: 3rd December 2020

Applications for these positions are accepted via the JSMC Online Application Portal:

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 - 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.

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.

Dr. Martin Taubert

PhD or Postdoc - Modelling and computer simulation of multipartite lung microbiome systems

Modelling and computer simulation of multipartite lung microbiome systems

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

Prof. Stefan Schuster

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.