Postdoctoral Researcher

Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Jena, Thüringen (DE)
September 30 2021
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The Cluster of Excellence “Balance of the Microverse” of 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. 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.

The Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse invites applications for

4 Postdoctoral Researcher Positions

Postdoctoral Researcher “Microbial Ecology” (m/f/d)

For the new Viral Ecology and Omics group of Prof. Bas Dutilh, we are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in environmental microbiology or virology, microbial ecology, meta’omics, or a closely related field.

Postdoctoral Researcher “Eco/Evolutionary Modelling” (m/f/d)

Join the new Viral Ecology and Omics group as a postdoctoral researcher to study the emergence of viruses by using theoretical/computational modelling of biological, ecological, and/or evolutionary mechanisms.

Postdoctoral Researcher “Microbiome Modelling” (m/f/d)

To further strengthen the dry lab side of this group, we are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to study the roles of viruses in microbiome dynamics by using mechanistic, data-driven modelling.

Postdoctoral Researcher “Innate Immunity” (m/f/d)

As part of the International Scientists Exchange Program of our Cluster of Excellence, we invite applications for a postdoctoral position to study host-microbe interactions focusing on extracellular vesicles, innate immunity, and inflammasomes in the context of infectious and inflammatory diseases including sepsis. This postdoctoral researcher will be jointly hosted by the groups of Dr. Vijay Rathinam (UConn Health) and Prof. Michael Bauer (Jena University Hospital).

We expect:

  • A PhD in natural sciences (Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics or closely related fields). Candidates in the final stages of obtaining their degree are eligible to apply
  • Desirable methodological skills: excellent background in molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, immunology and/or microbiology, hands-on knowledge of analytical methods; or theoretical/computational modelling
  • Highly motivated individuals with an interest in joining one of the interdisciplinary research areas of the Microverse Cluster
  • The abililty to work creatively and independently towards developing your own research project
  • A collaborative personality with enthusiasm for actively participating in the dynamic Microverse community
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and spoken

We offer:

  • A highly communicative atmosphere within a 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 positions will be funded through the Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state governments. The Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the Jena University Hospital are equal opportunity employers and part-time contracts can be discussed. Disabled persons with comparable qualifications will receive preferential status.

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Application deadline: 17 October 2021