We are very sorry but it looks like you are using an outdated browser. We strongly recommend updating to a modern browser.
More information about your browser and how to update

Mechanisms of positive allelopathy in phytoplankton

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 (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 Graduate School of Excellence ‘JSMC’ invites applications for a
Doctoral Researcher Position TV-L E13 65% (Ref. No. 113/2015)
to conduct research on the project

Mechanisms of positive allelopathy in phytoplankton
In this project we will address the mechanism and ecological role of positive allelopathy in plankton interactions. We will focus on the chemical analysis (mass spectrometry-based) of plankton exudates as well as on the synthesis and application of metabolic probes to identify and trace metabolites controlling such interactions. The work will include aspects of metabolomics as well as plankton research. We will answer fundamental questions about the functioning of plankton communities.
More projects details here: www.jsmc.uni-jena.de/phd-program/fellowship-application/vacant-projects/

We expect:
  • a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Natural Sciences (a background in chemistry and/or biology is desired). Candidates about to earn their degree are welcome to apply.
  • desirable methodological skills: one or more of the following - analytical chemistry, metabolomics, natural products chemistry, marine biology, ecology
  • 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 funding extension for completion of the PhD project
  • 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
Friedrich Schiller University Jena is an equal opportunity employer. Disabled persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status.

Contact detail

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

Please acquaint yourself with the open PhD projects and the application process described on this website. Selected applicants will be invited to the JSMC Recruitment Meeting in Jena, Germany, in January 2016. Awarding decisions will be made shortly thereafter, allowing the projects to start immediately.
Application deadline: November 17th, 2015
Send application to
Katja Präfcke
Neugasse 23
07743 Jena

Email: apply@jsmc.info

Job profile

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, Chemistry