Scientific Program

The scientific program is concerned with the professional development of doctoral researchers to keep abreast of the latest developments in technologies and procedures pertaining to their research. We offer a variety of training including cutting edge microscopy, genomic analysis and bioinformatics as well as subjects that are requested by our doctoral researchers. All JSMC doctoral researchers are required to attend mandatory training in good scientific practice, statistical analysis and data management.

National and international speakers are invited to a bi-weekly Microbiological Colloquium to provide an overview of ongoing top-level research in microbiology.
In order to promote early international exposure, research related to the topic of the dissertation can be carried out in international laboratories in a three-month research visit that is funded by the JSMC. In projects with an applied subject, doctoral researchers can spend time with an industry partner institution instead or in addition to an international exchange.

Early presentation and discussion of data at international conferences is encouraged to help in establishing a culture of scientific discourse and to develop networking.

Mentoring Program

Each PhD thesis is supervised by two faculty members. The mentors cover different research areas so as to promote the inter-facultative education of the doctoral researchers. Regular consultations with the two supervisors allow both the mentors and the PhD students to monitor success continuously with reference to a formal supervisory agreement, which includes career development planning.  The three and a half years of working towards a PhD are tightly structured with interdisciplinary education and the possibility of a cumulative PhD thesis, which foster an early sense of responsibility for the publication of data.

Central elements of the mentoring program are:

  • Thesis committee meetings to ensure that the career development plan of each individual PhD student is carried out
  • Weekly seminars with regular scientific progress reports and literature reports
  • Symposia and informal fellow meetings with work progress reports to promote exchange between the doctoral researchers of JSMC

Softskill Program

The soft skill training is based on the scientific education students receive and is closely linked to the microbiological education provided within JSMC to support career development.

  • Doctoral researchers can choose from a comprehensive range of transferable skills courses and seminars, for which they receive credits,  provided within the JSMC network or by the Jena Graduate Academy
  • Language courses such as scientific English or German as a foreign language are provided centrally by the FSU
  • Teaching is credited to support teamwork and to provide a basis for future teaching responsibilities
  • Communication of research results to the public is strongly encouraged and credited. We have a strong tradition of participating in events like the long night of science, Jena SciencePub and STEM initiatives for secondary schools