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 ( 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

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  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]

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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