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.

Recruitment 2024/01

The Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse together with the JSMC invite applications for Postdoc Positions

Application deadline: 20 March 2024

Applications for these positions are accepted via the Online Application Portal

Postdoc - Mining of the Metabolome of the Oceans (m/f/d)

Mining of the Metabolome of the Oceans

The group of Bioorganic Analytics uses modern techniques in mass spectrometry and metabolomics to unravel chemical signals that mediate interactions between living beings. One focus of the group is on the role and nature of chemical mediators in the marine plankton. As our new ‘metabolome of the oceans’ team member, you will play a central part in the analysis and data evaluation of samples gathered during a global sailboat cruise of Tara Oceans (fondationtaraocean.org)that aims to uncover the secrets of the marine microbiome.

Prof. Dr. Georg Pohnert

Postdoc - Microbial Communication (m/f/d)

Microbial Communication

Hyphae are formed in soil by fungi as well as streptomycete bacteria. We want to investigate their impact on microbial communities with studies including FISH, RNAseq, proteome, metabolome and GMO strains combining the model basidiomycete Schizophyllum commune with a model streptomycete, Streptomyces mirabilis. The combination of advanced microscopy with transformation and modern -omics presents unique potential to advance your skills.

Prof. Dr. Erika Kothe

Postdoc - Biochemistry/Cell Biology/molecular Medicine/Immunology (m/f/d)

Biochemistry/ Cell Biology/ Molecular Medicine/ Immunology

The position is hosted and based at the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine of the Medical Faculty of the University of Jena (UKJ), a member of the Cluster of Excellence consortium. Our department has a strong track record and ongoing interest in researching the molecular mechanisms of sepsis-associated organ failure and the underlying (dysfunctional) host response. As a postdoctoral researcher in our unit, you will support our efforts to unravel the crosstalk and wiring between the gut microbiome and neuroendocrine processes, the humoral immune response and organ failure in the septic patient.

Prof. Dr. Michael Bauer

The Viral Ecology and Omics group seeks to fill the position of

1 postdoctoral researcher

The Viral Ecology and Omics Group (veo.uni-jena.de) aims to study the role of viruses in the Microverse. To do this, we combine microbiological and eco/evolutionary experiments with molecular biology, microscopy, (meta-) genomics, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, and computational modelling. Our wet lab manager oversees a level S1/S2 wet lab featuring a state-of-the-art laboratory automation system with high throughput plate reader, microscopy, microbiology, and molecular biology facilities.
Our dry lab manager supports access to bioinformatics tools and databases on the FSU highperformance compute cluster consisting of 100 CPU and 8 GPU nodes, plus a 4Tb fat node.

Please apply using our online form.

Application deadline: 3rd March 2024

Announcement of open positions of associated institutions

Postdoctoral Scholar in Plant Microbiome Resilience in Lyon

The laboratory of Microbial Ecology (Laboratoire Ecologie Microbienne, LEM, https://www.ecologiemicrobiennelyon.fr/ ) at the Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1 in France accelerates leading research in environmental microbial ecology and evolution. Two Ph.D.-level positions for Postdoctoral Scholars are available.

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