PhD/ Promotionsstelle/ Doctoral Researcher Position (Ref. No. 05/2020) in the life, natural sciences, or bioinformatics

The Cluster of Excellence “Balance of the Microverseof the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, combines expertise in life, material, optical and computational sciences to elevate microbiome studies from descriptive to hypothesis-driven and functional analyses. Our core mission is to elucidate fundamental principles of the interactions and functions in microbial communities in diverse habitats ranging from oceans and groundwater to plant and human hosts. We aim to identify the shared characteristics of disturbed or polluted ecosystems as well as infectious diseases on the microbiome level, and develop strategies for their remediation by targeted interventions. Our full spectrum of expertise in the physical and life sciences will be leveraged to address these important issues in natural habitats as well as synthetic arenas in a collaborative manner. The affiliated early career program of the Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) offers an ambitious, structured and interdisciplinary post-graduate training based on top-level fundamental research.

Activities and responsibilities

The Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse invites applications for a

Doctoral Researcher Position (Ref. No. 05/2020)
to conduct research in the group of Prof. Kai Papenfort on the project
Autoinducer-controlled riboswitches in commensal and pathogenic bacteria

Qualification profile

We expect:
  • A Master of Science (or equivalent) in the life, natural sciences, or bioinformatics. Candidates in the final stages of obtaining their degree are also eligible to apply
  • Desirable methodological skills: Experience in microbiology and/or molecular biology. Ability to work with large datasets
  • Highly motivated individuals with an interest in joining one of the interdisciplinary research areas of the Microverse Cluster
  • The ability to work creatively and independently towards developing your own research project
  • An integrative and cooperative personality with enthusiasm for actively participating in the dynamic Microverse community
  • English communication skills, both written and spoken

We offer

We offer:
  • A highly communicative atmosphere within an energetic scientific network providing top-level research facilities
  • A comprehensive mentoring program and soft skill courses for early career researchers
  • Jena – City of Science: a young and lively town with a vibrant local cultural agenda
The three and a half year full-time doctoral researcher position (65% TV-L E13) will be funded through the Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state governments, the Carl Zeiss Foundation or the German Academic Exchange Service. The Friedrich Schiller University Jena is an equal opportunity employer and part-time contracts can be discussed. Disabled persons with comparable qualifications will receive preferential status.

Applications are exclusively accepted via the JSMC Online Application Portal:

Please familiarize yourself with the currently available doctoral projects ( and the application process as described in the Online Application Portal. Selected applicants will be invited to a recruitment meeting taking place in August. Awarding decisions will be announced shortly thereafter, and candidates are expected to be available to start their projects in autumn 2020.

Application deadline: 25th June 2020

Send application to

While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: Microverse 05/2020

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 ( JSMC is an ambitious Graduate School currently hosting over...
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