PhD Program

JSMC offers a PhD program based on M.Sc. degrees and seeks to attract highly motivated PhD students from various scientific disciplines such as biology, chemistry, physics, medical sciences, earth sciences, and bioinformatics.

JSMC provides a structured, interdisciplinary, research-oriented PhD program. This is based on extension of existing cooperative research, involves non-university research institutions and includes the direct involvement of companies, with exchanges of results in collaborative PhD projects. The education of young scientists within JSMC is based on top-level fundamental research in microbial communication.

Central elements of doctoral training at JSMC are:

  • Cross-disciplinary PhD research projects that are situated in the tension zone between basic research and industrial application
  • Promotion of research stays abroad, participation in international conferences and in collaborative projects to give PhD students early international experience and help them network internationally
  • Comprehensive training in ‘transferable skills', e. g. scientific publication and presentation, acquiring research funds, etc.
  • Close supervision by a team of mentors to ensure that the students achieve the goals of their PhD projects efficiently within three years.

The benefits and requirements of being a JSMC Doctoral Researcher a summarized in our guide "How to become a JSMC Doctoral Researcher".