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 still take place online once per month.

The programme for MiCoCo can be found here.

Recruitment 2022/01

The Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse invites applications for several postdoctoral and 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 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: 21 February 2022.

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

An overview of all positions offerend can be found here

The Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse is looking for a

Scientific coordinator (m/f/d)

The Cluster Management Office is looking for a scientific coordinator within the Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse. The position will combine diverse duties supporting the Cluster Management in the Cluster organisation to provide the optimal environment for excellent research e.g. development of research strategies, preparation of scientific events, grant proposal writing and implementation of the Cluster`s International Scientists Exchange Program.

Scientific Coordinator ID 406/2021

Application deadline: 31 January 2022

Please submit your application (as a single pdf-file) stating the vacancy 406/2021 to: angela.koehler@microverse-cluster.de

Jena School for Microbial Communication awards talented master students with Carl Zeiss Foundation PhD Fellowships

The Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) for the first time awarded doctoral fellowships for exceptionally talented master students of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU). Candidates had to be top of their class and nominated by a faculty member to jointly submit a research proposal that aligns with the mission of the research cluster of excellence “Balance of the Microverse”.

The cluster seeks to understand the dynamic balance of microbial communities in all kinds of different habitats to develop technologies that create beneficial impact on medicine, agriculture and environmental sustainability.

Reviewed by a panel of national and international experts, Kerstin Unger and Jonathan Hammer were both awarded with a scholarship of three and a half years that includes budgets for laboratory expenses, conference visits and professional trainings at a total amount of 250.000 euros each.

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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.