JSMC offers a PhD program based on M.Sc. degrees and seeks to attract highly motivated PhD students from various scientific disciplines such as biology, chemistry, physics, medical sciences, earth sciences, and bioinformatics.
JSMC provides a structured, interdisciplinary, research-oriented PhD program. This is based on extension of existing cooperative research, involves non-university research institutions and includes the direct involvement of companies, with exchanges of results in collaborative PhD projects. The education of young scientists within JSMC is based on top-level fundamental research in microbial communication.
Central elements of doctoral training at JSMC are:
- Cross-disciplinary PhD research projects that are situated in the tension zone between basic research and industrial application
- Promotion of research stays abroad, participation in international conferences and in collaborative projects to give PhD students early international experience and help them network internationally
- Comprehensive training in ‘transferable skills’, e. g. scientific publication and presentation, acquiring research funds, etc.
- Close supervision by a team of mentors to ensure that the students achieve the goals of their PhD projects efficiently within three years.
- Applicants must have – or be about to – obtain a Master’s degree or equivalent (e.g., the German ‘Diplom’) in Natural Sciences or a related field. Students holding a Bachelor’s degree from a research-oriented institution can also be admitted to the program if they have shown outstanding performance (e.g. making a major contribution to a refereed publication).
Please check whether your research experience matches the open projects on offer during the current Recruitment Call. Applicants should show a strong interest in the JSMC research program centered on the overarching topic “Microbial Communication”. They should also be willing to engage enthusiastically in cross-disciplinary projects . Both German as well as international students are welcome to apply. However, candidates should demonstrate adequate competence in the English language as English is the language of instruction at JSMC.
Application is only possible online via this website. The JSMC Recruitment is a four-stage process:
Stage 1: Statement of Interest
- Please acquaint yourself with the PhD projects offered within the current JSMC Recruitment Call. Download, complete, and submit the “Statement of Interest” form. Please note that applications can only be considered if a completed “Statement of Interest” is received before the deadline .
- Please be prepared to submit your full application within one week following the deadline for submission of the “Statement of Interest”. You may be asked to apply at short notice. However, please DO NOT submit any documents other than the completed “Statement of Interest” form unless you are explicitly invited to do so.
Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application (including CV, college or university credentials, list of theses and publications, passport photo, and letters of reference).
Stage 3: Telephone Interviews
Candidates with adequate qualifications may be asked to participate in a telephone interview for further evaluation.
Stage 4: JSMC Recruitment Meeting
Candidates who are selected through the first three stages will be invited to attend a JSMC Recruitment Meeting in Jena, Germany. Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by JSMC. Successful candidates will be able to start with their JSMC PhD Fellowship shortly after the Recruitment Meeting (later starting dates can also be arrange
The JSMC Recruitment Meetings are meant as an opportunity for both sides – candidates and JSMC members – to get to know each other. They therefore include various events:
- Candidate lectures (the candidates present their research experience in 10+5 min talks)
- One-to-one interviews with project supervisors
- Visits to Institutes (to get to know the facilities and future colleagues)Get-together with the current PhD Fellows of JSMC
- Joint dinner with project supervisors (to discuss future plans in a relaxed atmosphere)Guided tour through the town of Jena