14 Doctoral Researcher Positions in Natural, Life and Computational Sciences

The Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) is funded by the German Excellence Initiative. The structured, interdisciplinary training program based on top-level fundamental research combines different areas to form a comprehensive picture of microbial communication (www.jsmc.uni-jena.de). 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 International Leibniz Research School (ILRS Jena) is the graduate training program of the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute – in cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology (www.ilrs.hki-jena.de). It provides excellent research conditions and ambitious projects covering all aspects of microbial and biomolecular interactions: 

Together, these graduate training programs invite applications for

14 Research projects on several topics in Natural, Life and Computational Sciences

We expect:
  • a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Natural or Life Sciences (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Bioinformatics, Geosciences, Biomedical Sciences, Biotechnology, etc.). Candidates about to earn their degree are welcome to apply.
  • high motivation and interest to join one of our interdisciplinary research areas
  • creativity and interest in shaping your own thesis project
  • an integrative and cooperative personality with enthusiasm for actively participating in our lively community
  • very good communication skills in English

We offer:
  • a top-level research environment
  • a comprehensive mentoring program and efficient supervision by a team of advisors
  • a PhD training program in state-of-the-art technologies and soft skills
  • a highly communicative atmosphere within a scientific network providing top-level research facilities
  • Jena – City of Science: a young and lively town with innovative business activities, successful scientific centers and a vibrant cultural scene around the famous Friedrich Schiller University
The PhD positions are available starting from June 2015. Salary will be paid according to TV-L (salary agreement for public service employees). Friedrich Schiller University and HKI are equal opportunity employers. We also welcome applications from disabled persons. Successful applicants will be invited to attend a recruitment meeting in Jena (May 11-13, 2015).
The application process is handled exclusively online. Please acquaint yourself with the scientific projects offered on our website and follow the instructions for the online application process:


Deadline for application: March 13th, 2015

Dr. Christine Vogler, ILRS Coordinator: ilrs@hki-jena.de
Dr. Jan Büllesbach, JSMC Manager: apply@jsmc.info
How to apply:
Online: https://www.uni-jena.de/jsmc_online_application/

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Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Thüringen)
Working place
07743 Jena
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Material Science & Engineering, Computer Sciences, Geo Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutics

About Jena School for Microbial Communication

The Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) is funded by the German Excellence Initiative . It conceptionally combines different research areas (microbial communities, interactions with plant, animal and human hosts and environmental interactions) to a comprehensive picture of microbial communication (www.jsmc.uni-jena.de). JSMC is an ambitious Graduate School currently hosting over...

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