Projects offered within the Recruitment Call 2024/01

We are currently offering three 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 March 2024

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

Mining of the Metabolome of the Oceans

Microverse Postdoctoral Researcher Project No: 01/2024

Your work will be conducted in the Pohnert-Group that uses modern techniques in mass spectrometry and metabolomics to unravel chemical signals that mediate interactions between living beings. One focus of the group is on the role and nature of chemical mediators in the marine plankton. As our new ‘metabolome of the oceans’ team member, you will play a central part in the analysis and data evaluation of samples gathered during a global sailboat cruise of Tara Oceans ( that aims to uncover the secrets of the marine microbiome.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Georg Pohnert

Microbial Communication

Microverse Postdoctoral Researcher Project No: 02/2024

Hyphae are formed in soil by fungi as well as streptomycete bacteria. We want to investigate their impact on microbial communities with studies including FISH, RNAseq, proteome, metabolome and GMO strains combining the model basidiomycete Schizophyllum commune with a model streptomycete, Streptomyces mirabilis. The combination of advanced microscopy with transformation and modern -omics presents unique potential to advance your skills.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Erika Kothe

Biochemistry/Cell Biology/molecular Medicine/Immunology

Microverse Postdoctoral Researcher Project No: 03/2024

The position is hosted and based at the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine of the Medical Faculty of the University of Jena (UKJ), a member of the Cluster of Excellence consortium. Our department has a strong track record and ongoing interest in researching the molecular mechanisms of sepsis-associated organ failure and the underlying (dysfunctional) host response.

As a postdoctoral researcher in our unit, you will support our efforts to unravel the crosstalk and wiring between the gut microbiome and neuroendocrine processes, the humoral immune response and organ failure in the septic patient.

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Michael Bauer