Projects offered within the Recruitment Call 2021/03

We are curently offering several doctoral and 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: 29 November 2021

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

Doctoral Projects

Molecular communication involving membranes and lipid rafts

Microverse Doctoral Researcher Project No: 23/2021

In this project, we will address two important aspects of intercellular communication: 1) the importance of membrane fluidity and lipid rafts for signal perception from outside and signal transduction within a cell; and 2) the analysis of changes in membrane fluidity and lipid raft composition by super-resolution and spectral imaging during communication processes.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Axel Brakhage

Probing cholera infection on a chip

Microverse Doctoral Researcher Project No: 24/2021

In this interdisciplinary project, we will harness the power of a “gut-on-a-chip” model to mimic the interaction of V. cholerae with human intestinal cells to study the role of bacterial intercellular communication processes, such as quorum sensing (QS), during the colonization process.

Supervisor: Dr. Alexander Mosig

Ultrasensitive Raman-based detection of natural products in microbial communication (RaMiCo)

Microverse Doctoral Researcher Project No: 26/2021

We are looking for two doctoral researchers for this project, one to take forward the Raman imaging in the laboratory of Prof. Popp and one to focus on the molecular biology of natural products in the laboratory of Prof. Brakhage. So please also have a look at project Microverse PhD 27/2021.

PhD Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Axel Brakhage

Ultrasensitive Raman-based detection of natural products in microbial communication (RaMiCo)

Microverse Doctoral Researcher Project No: 27/2021

We are looking for two doctoral researchers for this project, one to take forward the Raman imaging in the laboratory of Prof. Popp and one to focus on the molecular biology of natural products in the laboratory of Prof. Brakhage. So please also have a look at project Microverse PhD 26/2021.

PhD Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp

Postdoctoral Projects

Probing cholera infection on a chip

Microverse Postdoctoral Researcher Project No: 25/2021

The Papenfort laboratory (www.papenfortlab.org) at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (Germany) studies gene regulation in microbial pathogens. We focus on the molecular mechanisms underlying post-transcriptional gene control in bacteria and how these affect complex regulatory processes, such as quorum sensing, virulence, and biofilm formation. Our goal is to use this information to develop new approaches to treat and prevent microbial infections.

In this interdisciplinary project, we will harness the power of a “gut-on-a-chip” model to mimic the interaction of Vibrio cholerae with human intestinal cells to study the role of bacterial intercellular communication processes, such as quorum sensing (QS), during the colonization process.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Kai Papenfort