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 Foundation.

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.

We are looking for a Scientific Manager (m/f/d)

As our new scientific manager, your input and contributions will be particularly important for the upcoming submissions for continued funding of the JSMC by the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung and the Cluster of Excellence “Balance of the Microverse” by the German Research Foundation (DFG) through federal and state funding. This provides a unique opportunity for an ambitious science manager with considerable international research experience to help shape the strategy and direction of these prestigious interdisciplinary institutions at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.

Scientific Manager ID 394/2022

Application deadline: 5 December 2022

Please submit your application (as a single pdf-file) stating the vacancy 394/2022 to: hendrik.huthoff@uni-jena.de

International Mental Health Day

On international mental health day, the JSMC invites you to take 5 minutes to rock your mental health!

The song tells the stories of Hendrik and Maik, who overcame their mental health conditions with the help of therapy.

Diversity matters!

When we think about microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi we often associate them with illness. But those tiny organisms are essential to our survival. Why are are they important for us? And why do we need microbial diversity?
Scientists from Jena and Erfurt let us glimpse into their research and show us new perspectives on amoeba, bacteria and fungi.