Jena School for Microbial Communication Doctoral Researcher Position, Germany

Publish Date: Feb 08, 2016

Deadline: Feb 21, 2016

Jena School for Microbial Communication Doctoral Researcher Position

The Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) is funded by the German Excellence Initiative. JSMC is an ambitious Graduate School with over 150 doctoral researchers who are educated in a structured, interdisciplinary training program based on top-level fundamental research. It conceptionally combines different research areas to a comprehensive picture of microbial communication ( Institutes at five faculties of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, six non-university research institutes as well as 12 partner companies are participating in this cutting-edge research and training program.

The Graduate School of Excellence ‘JSMC’ invites applications for a

Doctoral Researcher Position TV-L E13 65% (Ref.No. 18/2016)

to conduct research on the project

Chemical communication between bacteria in iron-rich lake aggregates

The aim of this project is to elucidate the chemical interaction between Fe-oxidizing and Fe-reducing bacteria which dominate the microbial community of pelagic iron-rich aggregates (iron snow). We isolated four key players and will use co-cultivation experiments to identify potential chemical mediators by applying a comparative metabolomics approach (GC/MS analyses combined with chemometrics). Potential functions of the compounds will be tested under more defined conditions. Comparative transcriptomics will help to elucidate genetic changes induced by these chemical mediators. These results will help us to decipher the chemical communication in the more complex pelagic aggregates.

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We expect:

  • a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Natural Sciences (e.g., Chemistry, Microbiology, Molceular Biology, Biochemistry). Candidates about to earn their degree are welcome to apply.
  • desirable methodological skills: Analytical Chemistry, Gas-chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry, cultivation of bacterial cells, standard molecular biology tools, transcriptomics
  • high motivation and interest to join one of the interdisciplinary research areas of JSMC
  • creativity and interest to shape your own thesis project
  • an integrative and cooperative personality with enthusiasm for actively participating in the lively JSMC Community
  • very good communication skills in English (instruction language at JSMC)

We offer:

  • a highly communicative atmosphere within a scientific network providing top-level research facilities
  • a doctoral researcher position (TV-L E13, 65%) with guaranteed funding for one and a half years based on the regulations of the German Research Foundation as well as generous research funding with the possibility of extended funding for one full additional year
  • a comprehensive mentoring program with supervision by a team of advisors
  • a top-level PhD training program with courses in state-of-the-art research technologies and soft skills
  • Jena –City of Science: a young and lively town with dynamic business activities, successful scientific centers of innovation and a vibrant cultural scene around the famous Friedrich Schiller University

Severely disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude are given preferential consideration.

The application procedure takes place exclusively online via the JSMC website:

Please acquaint yourself with the application process described on this website.

Selected applicants will be invited to a Recruitment Meeting in Jena, Germany upon individual appointment. Awarding decisions will be made shortly thereafter, allowing the project to start immediately.

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