Projects offered within the Recruitment Call 2022/02

We are curently offering several postdoctoral 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: 20 June 2022

Applications for these positions are accepted via the JSMC Online Application Portal: apply.jsmc.uni-jena.de

Postdoctoral Projects

Developing bioreactors enabling planctomycetal small molecule production

Microverse Postdoctoral Researcher Project No: 28/2021

In this project, we will create porous biocompatible 3D polymers and chemically tailor their internal surface to enable immobilization / growth of planctomycetes, respectively create a tailored local environment to utilize their function in small molecule production.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schubert

Identification of universal mediators of microbiome community structure through large scale cross-habitat comparisons

Microverse Postdoctoral Researcher Project No: 03/2022

An exciting new frontier in microbiome research is the rational editing of disbalanced microbial communities. However, the selection of species to be either introduced directly or serve as chassis strains for modifying the structure and function of a dysbiotic microbiome is challenging since many criteria must be fulfilled. In most cases the selection of promising species is based on the ability to cultivate and genetically modify them and their known phenotypic properties, however, their ecological properties are rarely considered. Towards this direction, we plan to develop artificial intelligence workflows using large-scale community sequencing data sets from host, soil, and aquatic environments to shed light on the ecological properties of the different genera and on the potential of using them as global or habitat-specific modifiers of microbial communities. Therefore, the successful candidate is expected to elucidate factors that determine microbial colonization and persistence, as well as, microbial interdependencies within complex communities.

Supervisor: Prof. Gianni Panagiotou

Metabolomics Data Mining

Microverse Postdoctoral Researcher Project No: 04/2022

We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow with hands-on experience in (un-) targeted metabolomics data analysis, including data mining from public repositories. In close collaboration with metabolic modelling experts within our team, you will assess the nutrient dependencies and inter-dependencies of generalists and specialists and link those to metabolomic data.

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Bas Dutilh