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.

JSMC Promoting Local Talent PhD Scholarship

The JSMC invites you to submit proposals for a fully funded PhD project that must include a named candidate who has obtained an MSc degree from the FSU Jena by the starting date of July 1st 2021.

Please find the instructions for the drafting the proposal below. Please do not hesitate to contact Hendrik Huthoff with any questions about this call.

MiCom 2021 Online

The MiCom2021 conference is due to take place on March 29–31 in an online format. This International Conference, which is organised by our JSMC doctoral researchers, is an integral part of our curriculum and provides an excellent opportunity to present your research to your peers.

The registration is open until March 21st and the submission deadline of abstracts for talks is extended until February 28th!

Further information can be found at the MiCom website

We are looking forward to seeing you and your research results!

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.