About JSMC

The Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena is not only an Excellence Graduate School, but also a lively network of scientists from a broad variety of natural & life sciences institutes and an umbrella organization for three Research Training Groups in Jena. The JSMC was first awarded funding within the German Excellence Initiative in 2007. In June 2012 the Excellence Status of the JSMC was confirmed and funding for an additional six years was granted to the Graduate School. Since 2019 the JSMC is funded by the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung.

Today, JSMC hosts a total of about 130 doctoral researchers. Their research projects are situated at the numerous institutes that make up the JSMC network, including institutes and clinics at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena as well as non-university research institutions.

Jena Alliance Talent Fair 2023

The Jena Alliance Talent Fair offers graduates insight​ into PhD options​ in the life sciences, optics/photonics and medicine​ at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena​.

The Jena Alliance Talent Fair will be held online March 1-2, 2023.

All infos available at: www.uni-jena.de/talent-fair

Recruitment 2023/01

The Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse invites applications for several postdoctoral positions

The Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena 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 ground water to plant and human hosts. 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.

We are curently offering several postdoctoral researcher positions. We are seeking motivated and engaging candidates who strive to collaborate widely and look beyond traditional disciplines to further our mission.

Application deadline: 7 February 2023.

Applications for these positions are accepted via the JSMC Online Application Portal.

An overview of all positions offerend can be found here

Transforming my mental illness: from suffering to advocacy

Our Scientific Manager, Hendrik Huthoff, gave an interview on mental health for the Marie Curie Alumni newsletter. If you want to find out more about Hendriks experience in dealing with menatl health and setting up a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) team at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena you can find the whole interview here: medium.com/marie-curie-alumni

an interview by Pooja Khurana

Jena Alliance "Life in Focus"

The JSMC is part of the Jena Alliance "Life in Focus" that promotes a nationally and internationally visible excellent graduate qualification at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.

Under the umbrella of the Graduate Academy, the Jena Alliance networks and strengthens the established graduate programmes: Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC), Jena School of Molecular Medicine (JSMM), Abbe School of Photonics (ASP) and Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP).

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