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PhD Fellowship, Molecular interaction between the grub of Melolontha hippocastani and its intercellular pathogen, JSMC, Germany

JSMC invites applications for a
PhD Fellowship (Ref.No. JSMC?41/2009) on the topic
Molecular interaction between the grub of Melolontha hippocastani and its intercellular pathogen

The phytophagous scarab beetle Melolontha hippocastani is a severe pest in forestry and, therefore, target of pest control. Rickettsia is a potential biocontrol agent, causing a fatal behavioral change and a color change in the grub upon infection. The project addresses the questions: i) How is the infection established, ii) what causes the color change, and iii) do the endosymbionts produce a factor that modifies the insect’s behavior. Analyses will be based on an SD?PCR protocol developed in our lab.

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We expect:
– a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Natural or Life Sciences (e.g. Biology, (Bio)chemistry, Molecular
Biology). 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)
We offer:
– a highly communicative atmosphere within a scientific network providing top?level research
– a PhD stipend paid for 3 years according to the rules of the DFG (German Research Foundation) as
well as generous research funding
– a comprehensive mentoring program with efficient supervision by a team of supervisors
– courses in novel technologies and soft skills
– Jena – the German City of Science 2008: a young and lively city with dynamic business activities,
successful scientific centres of innovation and a vibrant cultural scene around the famous Friedrich

Schiller University
Friedrich Schiller University Jena is an equal opportunity employer.

The application procedure is handled online exclusively via the JSMC website


Please visit this website to acquaint yourself with details about the project above and other PhD projects offered within the current JSMC Recruitment Call. Then complete and submit the ‘Statement of Interest’ form downloadable from www.jsmc?uni?jena.de. Applications can only be considered upon receipt of the completed form, submitted by email to [email protected]?jena.de. DO NOT submit any additional documents at this point.
Deadline for submission of the ‘Statement of Interest’: April 6th, 2009.

Selected applicants will be invited to the JSMC Recruitment Meeting in Jena, Germany, at the end of June, 2009. PhD fellowship awarding decisions will be made shortly thereafter (July 2009).


  1. bhanu pratap singh kaurav says:

    respected sir,
    i am bhanu p.s. kaurav, i am pursuing m.pharma(pharmacology) .sir i ant do work on molicular pharmacology inunder your supervision and my work extend in my phd work .
    plese help and give your suggestion


  2. Daisy S. Capon says:

    Daisy S. Capon on Your comment is awaiting moderation. March 11th, 2009 10:48 am I am Daisy S. Capon from the Philippines. I graduated my Bachelor of Science in Agriculture major in Agricultural Botany and Master of Science major in Agricultural Education and minor in Horticulture at Visayas State University formerly Visayas State College of Agriculture, Baybay, Leyte, Philippines. Recently, I’m enrolling my PhD in Plant Pathology in the same institution . I was working on the project entitled Taxonomic Inventory of Vascular Plants in Mt. Pangasugan funded by GTZ- Tropical Ecology and in-charge of the College Herbarium of the Leyte State University, Visca, Baybay, Leyte, Philippines.. Moreover, I am presently teaching agriculture particularly on horticulture and crop protection courses (botany, plant propagation and nursery management, and tropical olericulture, mushroom and Trichoderma viridae). Also I’m the in-charge of the project Trichoderma viridae production. If given a chance, I believe that with my interests, academic training, professional background and positive attitude of the job I can deliver the responsibilities and cope with the demands called for the job. The job is truly interesting. It would be a privilege to be part of your endeavor.

    Thank you

    Daisy S. Capon
    234 Meciano Road, Dumaguete City
    Negros Oriental, Philippines 6200

  3. Hailemichael Shewa says:

    I have a BA degree in English, I have another BA degree in Management, and I have a master’s degree in curriculum, all from Addis Ababa University of Ethiopia. If I get full scholarship I want to study your offer.

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