Structure-property relationships of new biomaterials with physical antimicrobial effect

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 75% (Ref.No. DFG 01/2015)
to conduct research on the cooperative PhD project
Structure-property relationships of new biomaterials with physical antimicrobial effect
In the light of increasing microbial resistances against antibiotics and the lack of new antimicrobial compounds, new strategies for reducing the risk of infections associated with biomaterials surfaces, i.e. orthopedic implants, medical devices etc., are needed. The aim of this PhD project is to develop and investigate the structure-property-relationships of innovative biomaterials with antimicrobial properties based on physical effects. This research project will be conducted in close cooperation with a second JSMC PhD student (project number DFG 02/2015).

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We expect:
  • a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Natural/Engineering Sciences (Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry or equivalent). Candidates about to earn their degree are welcome to apply.
  • desirable methodological skills: experiences in the following areas are advantegeous: biomaterials, interfaces, microscopic and spectroscopic methods, statistics
  • 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, 75%) funded for three years by the German Research Foundation
  • 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 – the German 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.

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

Selected applicants will be invited to a recruitment meeting in Jena, Germany. Awarding decisions will be made shortly thereafter. Project start is planned for February or March 2016.

Application deadline: November 17th, 2015 (12pm, CET)
Send application to
Katja Präfcke
Neugasse 23
07743 Jena

While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: Ref.No. DFG 01/2015

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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