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25 Sep 2024

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PhD Project
Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC)

Doctoral Researcher Position: The role of small RNAs in plant-arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) communication

25 Sep 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 150 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. 121/2017)
to conduct research on the project
The role of small RNAs in plant-arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) communication
Arbusular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) colonize the majority of vascular plants building an underground network connecting neighboring plants. Nutrients and signals are transferred from plant to plant via this network. However, the signal(s) transferred via the fungal network is still unknown. One hypothesis is that small RNAs are involved in the process. The aim of the project is to investigate the role of the smRNA machinery in AMF signaling in detail with a particular focus on the role Argonautes.
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We expect:
• a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in the natural sciences (e.g. molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, ecology or a closely related field). Candidates in the final stages of obtaining their degree are eligible to apply.
• desirable methodological skills: excellent knowledge in molecular biology and a strong interest in natural history. Experience in analytical chemistry, bioinformatics, and/or laser scanning microscopy 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 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.

How to Apply

The doctoral researcher positions 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 positions will be financially supported corresponding to TV-L (salary agreement for public service employees). Friedrich Schiller University Jena is an equal opportunity employer. Disabled persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status. 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. Selected applicants will be invited to the JSMC recruitment meeting in Jena, Germany, on December 14-15th 2017. Awarding decisions will be announced shortly thereafter. Application deadline: October 22nd 2017

Position Category: Medical & Biological Sciences. Position Type: PhD Project. Position Tags: biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, and ecology. Salary: €20'000 - €30'000.