Germany: PhD Fellowships in Biology at University of Jena

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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 9 PhD Fellowships.
The positions are immediately available.

We expect:

an equivalent of a Master’s degree in Natural or Life Sciences (e.g. Biology, Earth Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Bioinformatics, or 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 citywith 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.

For the first step of the application procedure please aquaint yourself with the scientific themes offered on our website www.jsmc.uni-jena.de  and thoroughly fill in the “Statement of Interest” downloadable from this site. The application procedure is handled online exclusively via the JSMC website. Applications can only be considered upon receipt of the completed “Statement of Interest” form submitted to JSMC[a-t]uni-jena.de.

Deadline for submission of the completed “Statement of Interest” form: October 6th, 2008.
Successful applicants will be invited to attend the JSMC Recruitment Meeting in December 2008.
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