Vacancy ID: 285/2022
Closing date: 2022-08-25
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 major role in shaping Jena’s character as a cosmopolitan and future-oriented city.
Fakultät für Biowissenschaften
This position is associated with the research group of Professor Rosalind Allen. The Allen group seeks to understand how microbes grow and interact, and the consequences of these interactions for microbial ecology. The group combines biophysical and microbiological lab experiments with computational and theoretical models. This project focuses on microbial interactions that occur in when one microbial species produces a chemical effector (e.g. a toxin), while a second species produces an enzyme that modifies the effector (e.g. activates or deactivates it). Enzymatic modification of a chemical effector is a common theme in ecological interactions, which has emerged from several other ChemBioSys projects. This project seeks to understand how such interactions influence the dynamics of microbial communities and hence ecological outcomes. We will work with several model microbial communities that have been established in other ChemBioSys research groups, including combinations of soil bacteria with amoebae and combinations of pathogenic and helper bacteria with fungi. We will quantify the growth dynamics of single and mixed cultures using microbiological batch culture experiments, as well as advanced techniques such as culture in microfluidic droplets, allowing us to investigate stochastic effects in small populations. Questions to be addressed may include how sensitive is the ecological behavior of the community to changes in the initial population sizes of the different component species? The advertised project is mainly experimental, but will be carried out in collaboration with mathematical modellers in the Schuster group. There is also scope for the appointed doctoral researcher to perform some modelling themselves, if desired.
This is a three and a half year doctoral researcher position (65% TV-L E13) to start as soon as possible.
To promote gender equality in science, applications by woman are especially welcome. Candidates with severe disabilities will be given preference in the case of equal qualifications and suitability.
Applications in English should comprise a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae and copies of academic certificates. Please submit your application via the JSMC Online Application Portal stating the vacancy ID 285/2022 by 25.08.2022