PhD Student Fellowship by the German Excellence Initiative, 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.

We expect:

• a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Natural or Life Sciences (eg. in biochemistry, bioinformatics, etc.). Candidates about to earn their degree are welcome to apply.

• required skills: programing abilities; a strong background in mathematical modeling and interest in plant biology would be a plus.

• 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)

Scholarship Deadline: Application deadline: March 16, 2012 for applicants who will require a visa to enter Germany. April 16, 2012 for applicants who will not require a visa to enter Germany

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