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The Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse invites applications

For 6 doctoral and 5 postdoctoral positions

The Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, 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 aim to identify the shared characteristics of disturbed or polluted ecosystems as well as infectious diseases on the microbiome level, and develop strategies for their remediation by targeted interventions. Our full spectrum of expertise in the physical and life sciences will be leveraged to address these important issues in natural habitats as well as synthetic arenas in a collaborative manner.

Application deadline: 5th August 2019

Applications for these positions are exclusively 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.

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 basis of resilience in the A. thaliana leaf microbiota

The basis of resilience in the A. thaliana leaf microbiota

We are looking for a doctoral researcher to investigate how the recruitment and development of leaf microbiomes affect disease susceptibility in field and laboratory studies.

Supervisor:
Dr. Matthew Agler

PhD - Mid-infrared microscopy with quantum light for chemical imaging of cell communities

Mid-infrared microscopy with quantum light for chemical imaging of cell communities

We are looking for a doctoral researcher to develop MIR quantum imaging into a high-resolution microscopy technique and test its suitability for the investigation of complex cell arrangements.

Supervisor:
Prof. Andreas Tünnermann

PhD - Stimulus-release from structured glass surfaces

Stimulus-release from structured glass surfaces

We are looking for a doctoral researcher to develop structured glass surfaces allowing for the realease of stimuli into microbial consortia.

Supervisor:
Prof. Lothar Wondraczek

PhD - Photoinducible localizable modulators

Photoinducible localizable modulators

We are looking for a doctoral researcher to investigate the design of localizable chemical modulator compounds that can be released or manipulated with light.

Supervisor:
Prof. Hans-Dieter Arndt

PhD - Biotic interactions of different stages of a green algal life cycle

Biotic interactions of different stages of a green algal life cycle

We are looking for a doctoral researcher to investigate the life cycle of a microalgal model system and interactions with other microorganisms in a natural-structured microverse environment.

Supervisor:
Prof. Maria Mittag

PhD - Hydrophobicity for exchange of signals

Hydrophobicity for exchange of signals

We are looking for a doctoral researcher to investigate complex interactions for disturbance and the level of resilience in a well-defined microbial arena.

Supervisor:
Prof. Erika Kothe

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 - Cross-talk of the intestinal microbiome with the systemic immune system

Cross-talk of the intestinal microbiome with the systemic immune system

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to investigate how the intestinal microbiota affect systemic immune responses to fungal infections in a mouse model system.

Supervisor:
Prof. Ilse Jacobsen

Postdoc - Droplet cultivation and characterization of defined natural microbial consortia

Droplet cultivation and characterization of defined natural microbial consortia

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher who will exploit a microfluidics platform for the culturing of microorganisms from different environmental and host habitats for the discovery of highly specific co-cultures and new natural products.

Supervisor:
Prof. Miriam Agler-Rosenbaum

Postdoc - Integrative Research Data Management

Integrative Research Data Management

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with experience in data management and integration as well as a strong background in software engineering to help integrate the analysis of large data sets from a variety of biological settings.

Supervisors:
Prof. Birgitta König-Ries
Prof. Christoph Steinbeck

Postdoc - Etalon-enhanced mapping of small molecules

Etalon-enhanced mapping of small molecules

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to develop an imaging method for mapping small molecules in microbial communities by using cavity enhancement.

Supervisor:
Prof. Rainer Heintzmann

Postdoc - Genome-streamlining of small-sized microbes

Genome-streamlining of small-sized microbes

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to investigate interactions and metabolic dependencies of microbes in groundwater.

Supervisor:
Prof. Kirsten Küsel

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.

PhD - Modeling and deciphering the dynamic metabolic regulation of microbial central metabolism

PhD - Modeling and deciphering the dynamic metabolic regulation of microbial central metabolism

The International Leibniz Research School (ILRS Jena) invites applications for a doctoral researcher position.

More information on the
ILRS

Supervisor:
Prof. Stefan Schuster

PhD - Spore surface attributes as virulence determinants in mucormycosis

PhD - Spore surface attributes as virulence determinants in mucormycosis

The Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio 124 - FungiNet invites applications for a doctoral researcher position.

More information on
FungiNet

Supervisor:
Dr. Kerstin Voigt

Akademische Rätin/ Akademischer Rat auf Zeit

Academic Councillor

The Friedrich Schiller University Jena invites applications for the temporary position of an Academic Councillor at the faculty of life sciences (professorship microbiology).

More information on the Friedrich Schiller University Jena