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Doctoral Researcher Position in Materials Sciences


Friedrich Schiller University


Jena, Germany

Job Type

Full time



About us :

Friedrich Schiller University is a traditional university with a strong research profile rooted in the heart of Germany. As a university covering all disciplines, it offers a wide range of subjects. Its research is focused on the areas Light—Life—Liberty. It is closely networked with non-research institutions, research companies and renowned cultural institutions. With around 18,000 students and more than 8,600 employees, the university plays a key role in shaping Jena’s character as a cosmopolitan and future-oriented city.

The new DFG Research Training Group (RTG) 2723 Materials‐Microbes‐Microenvironments (M‐M‐M): Antimicrobial biomaterials with tailored structures and properties, at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, combines expertise in materials, life, medical, optical and computational sciences to develop ground-braking and highly innovative antimicrobial biomaterials for the prevention of biomaterial-associated infections (BAI). This will be approached by six interdisciplinary PhD tandem projects, with two doctoral researchers (DRs) working on complementary materials science and medical/life science aspects of these questions in each project, with one materials scientist and one medical/life science professional working as team supervisors. Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) and Jena University Hospital (UKJ) closely cooperate within the RTG. Our full spectrum of excellent expertise in materials science and life sciences will be leveraged to address the critical issues of novel antimicrobial biomaterials in a collaborative spirit. The affiliated early career programs of the RTG, Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) and Jena Graduate Academy offer ambitious, structured and interdisciplinary post-graduate training based on top-level fundamental and applied research.

Job Description :

Your responsibilities:
• Actively and effectively contribute to the development of the project in research, training and organization of the RTG
• Cooperate and support within the project and beyond
• Produce high-quality written manuscripts for publication
• Present your results at national and international conferences
• Assist with training other researchers, including masters’ and undergraduate project students, where required
• Contribute to maintaining the collaborative, friendly and welcoming environment within the RTG and its collaboration partners

Eligibility Criteria :

• An outstanding master’s degree (MSc) in materials science or physics or chemistry or chemical science or materials engineering or closely related (for materials science DRs), or microbiology or cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnologies, medicine, computer science, bioinformatics or closely related (for life science DRs). Candidates in the final stages of obtaining their degree are also eligible to apply

• Desired methodological skills materials science (one or more): materials design and synthesis, materials characterization and testing, PVD, microscopy methods, handling of proteins and nanomaterials, organic and inorganic materials preparation, computational materials science, data base experience, materials engineering skills

• Or: Desired methodological skills life science (one or more): basic training in microbiology and bacterial culture; experience in cell culture and infection experiments; basic knowledge in molecular biology, FACS-analysis, advanced automated image data analysis, programming skills.

• Highly motivated individual with an interest in joining one of the interdisciplinary research areas of the RTG and cooperate with other projects and partners

• The ability to work creatively and independently towards developing your own research project and collaborate with DRs of other disciplines

• An integrative and cooperative personality with enthusiasm for actively participating in the dynamic RTG community

• Outstanding English communication skills, both written and spoken

How to apply

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