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Doctoral Researcher Position at JSMC open

The Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) is funded by the German Excellence Initiative. JSMC is an ambitious Graduate School with over 150 doctoral researchers who are educated in a structured, interdisciplinary training program based on top-level fundamental research. It conceptionally combines different research areas to a comprehensive picture of microbial communication (www.jsmc.uni-jena.de). Institutes at five faculties of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, six non-university research institutes as well as 12 partner companies are participating in this cutting-edge research and training program.

The Graduate School of Excellence 'JSMC' invites applications for a
Doctoral Researcher Position TV-L E13 65% (Ref.No. 100/2013) 
to conduct research on the project 
Exploring unbound human and mouse inflammatory defense mechanisms against bacterial and fungal infection employing bioinformatics/systems biology concepts 

Interested in exploring the communication between human immune cells and invading bacteria or fungi? Using gene expression datasets, we will explore the differences in immune cell regulation when responding to pathogens in the human blood. Immune cells respond to fungal and bacterial infections very different and such a response can get out of bounds. We will use mathematical models to (i) explain the different response mechanisms, and (ii) predict targets for therapy. More projects details: www.jsmc.uni-jena.de/phd-program/fellowship-application/vacant-projects/

We expect:
  • a Master's degree (or equivalent) in Natural Sciences (bioinformatics, biology, biotechnology, computer science, physics, mathematics or equivalent). Candidates about to earn their degree are welcome to apply.
  • desirable methodological skills: basic programming knowledge, basic knowledge about cell biology or genetics, basic statistics, good mathematical knowledge high motivation and interest to join one of the interdisciplinary research areas of JSMC 
  • creativity and interest to shape your own thesis project an integrative and cooperative personality with enthusiasm for actively participating in the lively JSMC Community
  • very good communication skills in English (instruction language at JSMC)
We offer:
  • a highly communicative atmosphere within a scientific network providing top-level research facilities
  • a doctoral researcher position (TV-L E13, 65%) funded for three years based on the regulations of the German Research Foundation as well as generous research funding
  • a comprehensive mentoring program with supervision by a team of advisors
  • a top-level PhD training program with courses in state-of-the-art research technologies and soft skills
  • Jena - the German City of Science 2008: a young and lively town with dynamic business activities, successful scientific centers of innovation and a vibrant cultural scene around the famous Friedrich Schiller University
Friedrich Schiller University Jena is an equal opportunity employer.

The application procedure takes place exclusively online via the JSMC website: www.jsmc.uni-jena.de 

Please acquaint yourself with the open PhD projects and the application process described on this website.
Selected applicants will be invited to the JSMC Recruitment Meeting in Jena, Germany, on December 4-6, 2013. Awarding decisions will be made shortly thereafter, allowing the projects to start immediately. 
Application deadline: October 20th, 2013 (12pm, CET)

posted 2013.10.08