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16 Mar 2024

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PhD Project
Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC)

Doctoral researcher (m/f): Reverse zombification

16 Mar 2024

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Position Description

The Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) is funded by the German Excellence Initiative. The JSMC is an ambitious Graduate School with over 130 doctoral researchers who are educated in a structured, interdisciplinary training program based on top-level fundamental research. It conceptually combines different research areas within a comprehensive core theme of microbial communication ( Institutes at five faculties of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, six non-university research institutes as well as 12 partner companies participate in this cutting-edge research and training program.

The JSMC Graduate School of Excellence invites applications for a
Doctoral Researcher Position TV-L E13 65% (Ref. No. 127/2018)
to conduct research on the project

‘Reverse zombification’: suppressor mutagenesis of plants overexpressing phytoplasma effector proteins to identify host factors of disease phenotype

Phytoplasmas are cell wall-less eubacteria that parasitize in plants and transmitting insects. They often bring about devastating diseases e.g. by transformation of floral organs into leaf-like structures. Aim of the project is to better understand the molecular mechanisms by which phytoplasmas manipulate plants. Plant interactors required for the development of disease phenotypes will be identified by a suppressor mutagenesis of plants overexpressing different phytoplasma effector proteins.

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We expect:
• a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in the natural sciences (biology, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, or a related field). Candidates in the final stages of obtaining their degree are eligible to apply
• desirable methodological skills: in molecular biology and genetics; experience with work with plants and basic knowledge in bioinformatics would be an advantage
• 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 communication English 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.
The doctoral researcher position will limited until December 31, 2018 initially. An extension up to three years may be possible in the course of the grant application in the frame of the German Excellence Strategy. The position will be financially supported corresponding to TV-L (salary agreement for public service employees). Severely disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude are given preferential consideration.

Application deadline: March 26th 2018

How to Apply

Applications are exclusively accepted via the online via the HKI-Online Application Portal: Please familiarize yourself with the currently available PhD projects and the application process as described on this website. Selected applicants will be invited to the JSMC recruitment meeting in Jena, Germany, on May 24-25th 2018. Awarding decisions will be announced shortly thereafter, and candidates are expected to be available to start their projects in mid 2018.

Position Category: Medical & Biological Sciences. Position Type: PhD Project. Position Tags: genetics and molecular biology.