Doctoral researcher in microbiology/fungal biology: Germany

The JSMC Graduate School of Excellence invites applications for a Doctoral Researcher Position (m/f) – Ref. No. 123/2018 to conduct research on the project “Predatory interactions between mycophagous amoeba and fungal pathogens“. The resistance against macrophages and neutrophilic granulocytes represents a key virulence attribute for most pathogenic fungi. In contrast, the environmental amoeba Protostelium aurantium(Hillmann et al., 2018; Genome Biol Evol) feeds exclusively on fungi, including pathogenic Candida sp. The project aims to elucidate factors that lead to the rapid killing and digestion of such fungal pathogens by P. aurantium.

We expect:

  • a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in natural sciences (Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or closely related fields). Candidates in the final stages of obtaining their degree are eligible to apply.
  • desirable methodological skills: excellent background in microbial biochemistry and microbiology, hands-on knowledge of molecular methods. First experiences in fungal biology, fluorescence microscopy, and protein/peptide biochemistry are advantageous, but not required
  • highly motivated individuals with an interest in joining one of the interdisciplinary research areas of JSMC
  • the abililty to work creatively and independently towards developing your own thesis project
  • an integrative and cooperative personality with enthusiasm for actively participating in the dynamic JSMC Community
  • excellent English communication skills, both written and spoken (instruction language at JSMC)

We offer:

  • a highly communicative atmosphere within a scientific network providing top-level research facilities
  • 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 – 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.

For further information please  contact:

Dr. Falk Hillmann (Email:
Katja Präfcke (Email:

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