13 PhD Fellowships, Microbial Communication (Germany)

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 prospectively comprising 150 PhD students who will be educated in a structured, interdisciplinary training program based on top-level fundamental research. Four faculties of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, six non-university research institutions as well as twelve partner companies are participating in this cutting edge research and training program which includes an innovative PhD program, career development and intensive sociocultural care. Three embedded existing Research Training Groups as well as twelve other cooperative research projects are engaged to incorporate novel research areas to achieve a
complete view of microbial communication.

We invite applications for 13 PhD Fellowships

The positions are immediately available.
We expect:

  • an equivalent of a Master’s degree in Natural Sciences (e.g. Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics, Medicine). Candidates about to earn their degree are welcome to apply.
  • 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
  • very good communication skills in English

We offer:

  • a top-level research environment
  • a PhD stipend paid according to the rules of the DFG (German Research Foundation) as well as generous research funding
  • a periodic research report system
  • efficient supervision by a team of two supervisors
  • a comprehensive mentoring program
  • courses in novel technologies and soft skills
  • a highly communicative atmosphere between the involved institutions and companies

Jena – the German City of Science 2008: a young and lively city with dynamic business activities, successful scientific centres of innovation and a vibrant cultural scene around the famous Friedrich Schiller University
Friedrich Schiller University Jena is an equal opportunity employer.
For the first step of the application procedure please acquaint yourself with the scientific projects offered on our website www.jsmc.uni- jena.de

and thoroughly fill in the “Statement of Interest” form downloadable from this site.
Deadline for submission of the “Statement of Interest”: June 26th, 2008.
Successful applicants will be invited to attend a recruitment meeting in autumn 2008.