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

Recruitment 2020

The Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse invites applications for 2 doctoral researcher 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 one postdoctoral and two doctoral 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 extended: 3rd December 2020.

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

An overview of all positions offerend can be found here

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.