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. In this project, metagenomic analyses together with the recent advancements in next?generation sequencing and modern imaging mass spectroscopic techniques will be applied to understand the principles maintaining the core microbiota in the gut of herbivorous Lepidoptera as well as its function. Further, the enzymatic aspects involved in the production of a potential regulatory element secreted by the insects into their gut will be investigated. The project will be situated at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena.
– a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Natural or Life Sciences. Candidates about to earn their degree are welcome to apply. -high motivation and interest to join one of the interdisciplinary research areas of JSMC -creativity and interest to shape your own thesis project- -an integrative and cooperative personality -very good communication skills in English (instruction language at JSMC)