New Professorships available within the Microverse Cluster

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.

Friedrich Schiller University

Four new full (W3) professorships at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena

The Friedrich Schiller University is currently filling four professorship positions within the Cluster of Excellence.

For further information please contact Angela Köhler (executive manager) or Axel Brakhage (spokesperson): contact@microverse-cluster.de

Biostructural Interactions

We seek a candidate with experience in biological structure elucidation relating to intercellular (chemical) communication. The professorship focuses on the characterization and functional analysis of (sub-)cellular structures, such as pili, gated channels or vesicles, that mediate the contact, signal transduction and/or chemical exchange within microbial communities as well as with their environment and host organisms.

Microbiome Dynamics

Candidates with a successful track record in microbiome research with emphasis on Fungi are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate 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.

Viral Ecology

We encourage applications from researchers with a broad experience in viral ecology, including aquatic ecosystems or other habitats. This professorship will establish the research focus on the characterization and functional analysis of environmental viromes. Experience in the field of health research is also welcomed.

Theoretical Microbial Ecology

We are looking for an individual experienced in theoretical ecology with focus on microbiology, systems biology theory development, bioinformatics and/or modelling. The professorship will develop overarching theoretical and conceptual principles of the recruitment, maintenance and functionality of microbial consortia, as well as developing data analysis tools for extracting fundamental and recurring patterns and commonalities.

What we offer

Successful candidates will be appointed as professor at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. The professorships 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.

The Cluster is currently establishing the Microverse Imaging Center with a special focus on developing imaging technologies in an interdisciplinary setting. The new professors will benefit from the new core facilities as well as data analysis support and the interdisciplinary, structured training program for early career scientists. A new building, the Microverse Center, will be built to centralize the Cluster’s research activities and promote an intensive intellectual exchange. The new professors will have the opportunity to customize their work spaces within this new building.