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Research Scientist for Chemical Algal Mediators
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Vacancy ID: 287/2023
Closing date: 2023-10-31

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.

At the Faculty of Chemical and Geosciences, the Collaborative Research Center 1127 ChemBioSys at the Chair of Organic Chemistry I and the Research Group Chemical Ecology of Cross Kingdom Interactions have an immediate vacancy for a

Research Scientist for Chemical Algal Mediators

to be filled on a part-time and temporary basis (65% / 26 hours per week) until June 30, 2026.

The focus of the interdisciplinary subproject A01 is on active and functional studies of algal growth and differentiation promoting factors released by the associated bacteria using chemical analytical and bio(an)organic working methods (see, e.g., Alsufyani et al., J. Exp. Bot. 2020, 71, 3340 and Dhiman et al. 2022, Angew. Chem. Int. ed. 134: e202206746). In particular, the hormone-like substance thallusin and its derivatives will be characterized with special reference to their iron complexes.

Your responsibilities:
  • Planning and experimental implementation of project aspects, interdisciplinary collaboration with biological project partners, reporting and communication in SFB 1127.
  • Generate scientific output in the form of publications, posters, presentations, and dissertations, including participation in national/international conferences.
  • Participate in a scientific team focused on analytical chemistry and chemical ecology.
  • Work on scientific qualification, for example doctorate.
Your profile:
  • A university degree in science (M.Sc. or equivalent) in chemistry, chemical biology, biochemistry, pharmacy, or comparable.
  • Solid laboratory experience in instrumental analysis, bio(in)organic chemistry and/or biochemistry.
  • You bring knowledge of mass spectrometry, atomic spectroscopy or chromatographic methods.
  • Experience with electrochemical analytical methods and/or cultivation techniques of algae and bacteria is desirable.
  • Above average commitment, flexibility and ability to work in a team and independently.
  • Very good knowledge of German and/or English.
We offer:
  • Remuneration in accordance with the provisions of the Agreement for the Public Service of the Federal States (TV-L) in line with personal requirements according to pay group 13, including a collectively agreed annual special payment.
  • Independent collaboration on challenging experimental research of a highly interdisciplinary nature with national and international collaborative partners.
  • State-of-the-art laboratories and excellent working environment in chemical biology, instrumental analysis and in synthetic chemistry.
  • Participate in Graduate Academy training for doctoral students.
  • A family-friendly working environment with a university family office (JUniFamilie) and flexible childcare (JUniKinder).
  • University health promotion and a broad range of university offerings.
  • Fringe benefits such as capital-forming benefits (VL), job tickets (benefits for local public transport) and company pension scheme (VBL).
  • 30 days of vacation per calendar year plus two days off on December 24 and 31
Your employment is limited until June 30, 2026. This is a part-time position at the rate of 65% (26 hours per week).

For information, please contact the project leaders PD Dr. Wichard (thomas.wichard@uni-jena.de) and Prof. Dr. Hans-Diete r Arndt (hd.arndt@uni-jena.de).

Candidates with severe disabilities will be given preference in the case of equal qualifications and suitability.

Are you eager to work for us? Then apply by 31.10.2023 using our online form.

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