Friedrich Schiller University is a traditional university with a strong research profile rooted in the heart of Germany. As a university covering all disciplines, it offers a wide range of subjects. Its research is focused on the areas Light—Life—Liberty. It is closely networked with non-research institutions, research companies and renowned cultural institutions. With around 18,000 students and more than 8,600 employees, the university plays a major role in shaping Jena’s character as a cosmopolitan and future-oriented city.
The Cluster of Excellence “Balance of the Microverse” at 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.
The research group of Prof. Dr. Christian Eggeling
at the Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse invites applications for a
Doctoral Researcher Position (m/f/d)
to conduct research on the project
“Advanced super-resolution microscopy of molecular communication involving membranes and lipid rafts”
commencing on 01.05.2022. A later start may be possible if desired. The position is initially limited to 3 and a half years. We offer a part-time position 65%.
The group of Christian Eggeling is specialized on the optimized and tailored application of advanced optical microscopy tools such as super-resolution microscopy for observing molecular organization and interactions in cells and especially in the cellular plasma membrane with so far unprecedented resolution. In this highly collaborative and interdisciplinary project with the group of Prof. Dr. Axel Brakhage, we aim at employing such microscopy tools to elucidate the role of membrane organization such as lipid nanodomains and ordering in combination with membrane-active compounds on intracellular communication between microorganisms (e.g. the activation of silent gene clusters in fungi and the formation of a novel structure –gloeocapsoids – by the green algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.
- Contribute to the development of project direction, as the project evolves.
- Produce high-quality written reports and draft papers.
- Present your results at local meetings and national and international conferences.
- Assist with training other researchers, including Masters’ and undergraduate project students, where required.
- Assist with the teaching activities of the group where required.
- Contribute to maintaining the friendly, welcoming and collaborative environment within the group.
- A MSc (or equivalent) in biology, (bio)chemistry, bioengineering, physics or related discipline. Candidates in the final stages of obtaining their degree are also eligible to apply.
- Required methodological skills: previous use of optical microscopes, cell culturing and handling
- Desired methodological skills: cellular fluorescence labelling, some experience in membrane biophysics/ biology or microorganisms
- 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
- A highly communicative atmosphere within an energetic scientific network
- 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
- A family-friendly working environment with a variety of offers for families: University Family Office ‘JUniFamilie’ and flexible childcare (‘JUniKinder);
- University health promotion and a wide range of university sports activities;
- Attractive fringe benefits, e.g. capital formation benefits (VL), Job Ticket (benefits for public transport), and an occupational pension (VBL)
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 or the Carl Zeiss Foundation. The Friedrich Schiller University Jena is an equal opportunity employer and part-time contracts can be discussed.
To promote gender equality in science, applications by woman are especially welcome. Candidates with severe disabilities will be given preference in the case of equal qualifications and suitability.
Applications in English should comprise a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae and copies of academic certificates. Please familiarize yourself with the currently available doctoral projects (www.microverse-cluster.de) and the application process as described in the Online Application Portal. Please submit your application via the JSMC Online Application Portal, under the vacancy ID 22/2021 by 21 February 2022:
Since all application documents will be duly destroyed after the recruitment process, we ask you to submit only copies of your documents.