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.
The DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre 1076 “AquaDiva – Understanding the Links between Surface and Subsurface Biogeosphere” is an ambitious research centre with more than 70 researchers from various research areas (www.aquadiva.uni-jena.de). It is located at Friedrich Schiller University and three non-university research institutes in Jena and Leipzig.
The Cheminformatics Group at the Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences seeks to fill the position of a:
Postdoctoral Researcher in Cheminformatics/Bioinformatics (m/f/d)
in the project “Metagenomic prediction of biosynthetic capacity in the Critical Zone”.
This project aims to predict metabolites from microbes in groundwater based on metagenomic
information. The groundwater is dominated by rare species and any prediction methods for the
groundwater metabolome are potentially highly speculative.
The position is limited until June 30, 2025. This is a full-time position (40 hours per week).
The project is supervised by Prof. Dr. C. Steinbeck; the place of work will be Jena – City of Science.
FSU Jena and CRC AquaDiva seek to increase the number of women in those research areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourage women to apply. Candidates with severe disabilities will be given preference in the case of equal qualifications and suitability.
Are you eager to work for us? Then submit your application, addressed to Prof. Dr. C. Steinbeck and stating the vacancy ID 169/2021, by 4th July 2021 to our online application portal at
All applications should be in English and include (in one PDF file, max. size 15 MB) at least the following:
1. Cover letter (max. 1 page, describing your motivation, research interests, and relevant experiences)
2. Curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages, including contact details of at least two scientific references)
3. Scans of certificates, diplomas, and other (e.g., PhD/M.Sc/B.Sc. certificate – if not in English or German, please provide a translation)
Selected applicants will be invited for a short presentation and a personal interview with the project leader/s at our online recruitment symposium, presumably in July/August 2021.
Queries concerning the application process should be directed to the IRTG coordinator, Dr. A. Hädrich (aquadiva-recruitment[at]uni-jena.de).