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Welcome to the JSMC

The Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena is not only an Excellence Graduate School, but also a lively network of scientists from a broad variety of natural & life sciences institutes and an umbrella organization for three Research Training Groups in Jena. The JSMC was first awarded funding within the German Excellence Initiative in 2007. In June 2012 the Excellence Status of the JSMC was confirmed and funding for an additional six years was granted to the Graduate School. Since 2019 the JSMC is funded by the Carl Zeiss Foundation.

Today, JSMC hosts a total of about 130 doctoral researchers. Their research projects are situated at the numerous institutes that make up the JSMC network, including institutes and clinics at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena as well as non-university research institutions.

Contact

Hendrik Huthoff
Hendrik Huthoff
Scientific Management

hendrik.huthoff@uni-jena.de

+49 3641 94954-0

Katja Präfcke
Katja Präfcke
Administrative Manager

office@jsmc.info

+49 3641 94954-1

Jena School for Microbial Communication
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Neugasse 23
07743 Jena, Germany

News & Events

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.
We are curently offering postdoctoral and doctoral researcher positions.

Application deadline: 25th June 2020

Applications for these positions are exclusively accepted via the JSMC Online Application Portal:
apply.jsmc.uni-jena.de.

Doctoral researchers at the Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse will benefit from research-oriented teaching, interdisciplinary training and career development support.

All offered positions and further information on the application process can be found here: microverse-cluster.de/en/jobs.html

Tuesday, June 2 and 9, 2020
Online Workshop
Jena Alliance Life in Focus course: Stay productive in home office and changing work situations
Lecturer: Dr. Matthias Schwarzkopf

The corona situation changes our work structure again and again. Some PhDs still stay 100% in home office, some work part time in the lab, part time at home. This online workshop will support you to stay productive and motivated in this challenging situation.

Topics of the workshop:

  • How to structure your day in home office or between home office and lab?
  • What does it mean to be productive now? What to do and how to do it?
  • How to organize cooperation in distributed teams?
  • It’s a perfect time for writing – some impulses.
  • Working with motivation – how to overcome demotivation and procrastination

How do we work: short impulses by trainer. Exchange of ideas and solutions. Online collaboration.

Two appointments, two hours each. First appointment is for first ideas and impulses. Second appointment to discuss your results and to tailor approaches more to your individual situation.

Date: 2. June 10:00-12:00 a.m., 9. June 1:00-3:00 p.m.

To register please send an email to office@jsmc.info

First come, first served!

Tuesday, June 2 and 9, 2020
Online Workshop
Jena Alliance Life in Focus course: How to organize your distributed team – home office, lab and beyond
Lecturer: Dr. Matthias Schwarzkopf

The corona situation forces teams to change from in room collaboration to on line cooperation and now to some people at home and some people in the lab. How to organize your team now and how to supervise PhDs?

Topics of the workshop:

  • How to structure your team in this challenging situation?
  • How to make sure they stay productive: How to set goals and to structure collaboration.
  • It is still about communication: How to develop a positive and motivating stile of communication online.
  • And if they lose motivation? Some ideas to keep motivation up.

How do we work: short impulses by trainer. Exchange of ideas and solutions. Online collaboration.

Two appointments, two hours each. First appointment is for first ideas and impulses. Second appointment to discuss your results and to tailor approaches more to your individual situation.

Date:  2. June 1:00-3:00  p.m., 9.6.3:30-5:30 p.m.

To register please send an email to office@jsmc.info

First come, first served!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 6 pm
Online Seminar
Alternative Careers in Science

Lecturer:

  • Sonja Brune, Late Phase Clinical Research Associate at ICON plc.
  • Matthias Nedderman, quality officer at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co.
  • Chris Rundell, Senior Research Scientist and Medicinal Chemist at Sygnature Discovery

They will share their experiences and everyday work life with us, following which you will be able to ask questions and have a chat with them. How this will work exactly, we will explain at the beginning of the evening.

If you want to attend please write to lia.ivanova@hki-jena.de