Doktorandenstellen Natur- und Lebenswissenschaften

The Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) is funded by the German Excellence Initiative. The structured, interdisciplinary training program based on top-level fundamental research combines different areas to form a comprehensive picture of microbial communication ( 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. More information on the open JSMC PhD positions:

The International Leibniz Research School (ILRS Jena) is the graduate training program of the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute – in cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology ( It provides excellent research conditions and ambitious projects covering all aspects of microbial and biomolecular interactions. More information on the open ILRS PhD positions:

Together, these graduate training programs invite applications for

16 Doctoral Researcher Positions

We offer:
a top-level research environment
a comprehensive mentoring program and efficient supervision by a team of advisors
a PhD training program in state-of-the-art technologies and soft skills
a highly communicative atmosphere within a scientific network providing top-level research facilities
Jena – City of Science: a young and lively town with dynamic business activities, successful and innovative scientific centers
affiliated with the famous Friedrich Schiller University and a vibrant local cultural agenda

Weitere Informationen

Leibniz-Institut für Naturstoff-Forschung und Infektionsbiologie - Hans-Knöll-Institut (HKI), Jena
Dr. Christine Vogler, ILRS: ilrs(at)

Katja Präfcke, JSMC: apply(at)
Forschung und Entwicklung
We expect:

a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in the natural or life sciences (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Bioinformatics, Geosciences, Biomedical Sciences, Biotechnology, etc.). Candidates in the final stages of obtaining their degree are eligible to apply.
high motivation and interest in joining one of the interdisciplinary research areas of JSMC or ILRS
the ability to work creatively and the desire to develop your own thesis project
an integrative and cooperative personality with enthusiasm for actively participating in the dynamic JSMC and ILRS Communities
excellent English communication skills, both written and spoken (instruction language at JSMC and ILRS)
The doctoral researcher positions are available starting from from the beginning of 2018. The positions will be financially supported corresponding to TV-L (salary agreement for public service employees). The Friedrich Schiller University and the HKI are equal opportunity employers. Disabled persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend a recruitment meeting in Jena (Dec 14-15th 2017).

Applications are exclusively accepted via the HKI-Online Application Portal. Please familiarize yourself with the currently available PhD projects and the application process as described on this website:

Deadline for application: October 22, 2017.

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