Research in Jena

Jena provides an attractive research environment with a highly integrative network of natural and life science research groups. The Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse at the Friedrich Schiller University combines expertises in life, optical, material and computational sciences to elucidate the role of microbiomes in different habitats in order to identify overarching regulatory principles that can be harnessed to address societal needs in healthcare and environmental stewardship.

In addition to the university, the Jena university hospital and eight non-university research institutes (3 Max Planck, 2 Leibniz, Fraunhofer, Helmholtz and DLR) participate in the Cluster. Balance of the Microverse builds on the achievements of the Excellence Graduate School, Jena School for Microbial Communication, and is supported by four Collaborative Research Centers, along with other coordinated research programs and local partners of the high-tech industry.

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The Friedrich Schiller University Jena is inviting applications for a

Full professor (W3) Microbiome Dynamics

We seek a candidate with a successful track record in microbiome research with emphasis on Fungi. This professorship will be expected to carry out a rigorous research program in the dynamics of host-associated microbiome composition and function, incorporating the fungal component of microbiomes.

Candidates with an excellent publication record and experience in the respective subject areas are encouraged to apply. The acquisition of third-party funding and leadership skills are expected. The position further involves teaching in relevant degree programs.

Conditions of employment include Habilitation or an equivalent scientific qualification as well as didactic suitability. If the successful candidate meets the legal requirements, he/she will be appointed as civil servant permanently.

What we offer

The successful candidate will be appointed as professor at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. The professorship will be part of the Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse.

The Cluster will provide substantial funds for new personnel and state-of-the-art laboratory equipment. Additional project funding is available in the Cluster on a competitive basis.

Within the Cluster, we have recently established the Microverse Imaging Center with a special focus on developing imaging technologies in an interdisciplinary setting. The new professor will benefit from the core facilities in the Cluster as well as data analysis support and the interdisciplinary, structured training program for early career scientists. A new building, the Microverse Center Jena, will be built to centralize the Cluster’s research activities and promote an intensive intellectual exchange. The professor will have the opportunity to customize her/his work space within this building.

How to apply

Applications preferably in English should comprise a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, copies of academic certificates, a description of teaching experience with evaluation results, a list of publications with selected reprints, a list of successful grant applications and a research agenda.

For further information please contact Axel Brakhage (spokesperson, axel.brakhage@uni-jena.de) or Angela Köhler (executive manager, angela.koehler@microverse-cluster.de).

Application deadline: 5th May 2021

Please submit your application as a single PDF document via email attachment to:

Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Dean of the Faculty of Biological Sciences
Prof. Maria Mittag

The Friedrich Schiller University Jena actively encourages qualified female scientists to apply. Applicants with disabilities will be given preference to other candidates with equal qualifications.