PhD Fellowship: Evolutionary Systems Biology of Metabolic Microbial Interactions at JSMC, Germany

The Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) is funded by the German Excellence Initiative. JSMC is an ambitious Graduate School with over 150 PhD students who are educated in a structured, interdisciplinary training program based on top?level fundamental research. It conceptionally combines different research areas to a comprehensive picture of microbial communication. Institutes at five faculties of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, six non?university research institutes as well as 12 partner companies are participating in this cutting?edge research and training program. The uneconomical utilization of resources is a frequently observed phenomenon in microbial cell cultures growing at high rates and has important implications for biotechnological production processes. The aim of this project is to use a combination of state?of?the?art theoretical and experimental techniques to study the relevance of overflow metabolism for microbial adaptation and the development of metabolic interactions in microbial communities.

– a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in bioinformatics, biochemistry or related studies. Candidates about to earn their degree are welcome to apply. -required methodological or other skills: structural modeling of metabolic networks, recombinant DNA techniques are of advantage -high motivation and interest in joining one of the interdisciplinary research areas of the JSMC -creativity and interest in shaping your own thesis project -an integrative and cooperative personality as well as enthusiasm for actively participating in the lively JSMC Community -very good communication skills in English (the language of instruction at the JSMC

Scholarship Deadline: March 16, 2012

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