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.

Microbial Communication Colloquium - MiCoCo

The “Microbial Communication Colloquium” is organized by the JSMC Doctoral Researchers together with the members of the JSMC Faculty. The aim of this colloquium series is to present state-of-the-art research on “Microbial Communication” in all its multi-disciplinary facets.

This semester MiCoCo will take place online once per month.

We are pleased to announce the program for MiCoCo for the upcoming winter semester.

Download the full program here

The Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse is looking for

1 open-topic Junior Research Group Leader

This position is open for candidates from all scientific disciplines represented in the Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse proposing a highly innovative research project within the core of the Microverse. The junior research group will be affiliated with a suitable institute of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena or extra-university institutes – depending on the thematic focus.

Open-topic junior research group leader

Application deadline: 25th January 2021

Applications in English should comprise a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, copies of academic certificates, research agenda, a list of publications and successful grant applications. Please submit your application as a single PDF document via email attachment to Dr. Angela Köhler, angela.koehler@microverse-cluster.de.

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.