Selection Procedures

Ph.D./postdoc in experimental 2D materials science

The Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, its progressive team within the Department of Analysis of Functional Materials, we are looking for a

Ph.D./postdoc with passion for materials science to join our running projects on 2D systems.

Job description

The candidate will profit from a powerful experimental infrastructure in Prague covering m-ARPES / m-XPS facilities, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and ex situ optical methods, which allow to study electronic band structure and chemical properties of individually selected mm-scale 2D islands. We offer an exciting topic, expertise in the group, and an established international network for high-impact publications like recent ones on CVD-grown MoS2 [1,2], graphene [3], or Bi-chalcogenide topological insulators [4].

Within a time of two years and potentially beyond, the candidate will join a project, extending studies on systems like MoS2 to a wider range of 2D transition metal chalcogenides (TMCs) based on our established strategies of Ref. [1-3]. In parallel - since some promising new TMCs may be instable in air - we plan to implement in situ 2D exfoliation methods and optical photoluminescence/Raman access to our m-ARPES / m-XPS facilities, to create a unique experimental combination all under ultra-high vacuum conditions. We thus look for a candidate who also takes fun from hands-on work with us in the lab.

If you would like to know more about ongoing research projects and life as a foreign scientist in Prague, please contact directly: Jan Honolka, Ph.D. (

[1] M. Velický et al., J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 11, 6112–6118 (2020)
[2] T. Verhagen et al., ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 3, 6563–6573 (2020)
[3] M. Vondráček et al., Nature Scientific Reports 6, 23663 (2016)
[4] V. Tkáč et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 036406 (2019)

We offer:

  • Opportunity for professional growth in the scientific field
  • Opportunity to participate in the activities of a top research institution
  • Support for further employee training and growth (Mentoring Programmes)
  • Home office mode
  • Flexible working hours
  • Meal allowance
  • Child allowance and visitor´s room for adults with children
  • 5 weeks of vacation and 5 “sick days”
  • Employer’s contribution to a private pension scheme
  • Multisport Card and other employment bonuses

Starting date negotiable

Application procedure

  • Please send a motivation letter, your CV, a list of publications and two references to the contact person.
  • Please make sure to identify the job title in the subject of your message.

Information on personal data processing is available at the FZU website, at: Processing of personal data | FZU .

About the Institute

The Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, v. v. i. (FZU) is a public research institution focusing on basic and applied research in physics. The FZU is the largest institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences with more than 1300 employees and a significant number of international workers.

The FZU strives to push the boundaries of knowledge and to conduct research in the fields of elementary particles, condensed matter physics, optics, plasma and laser physics.

Contact person:

Petra Kratochvílová,
HR partner of the Division of optics,
phone: +420 607 240 074

Application deadline: April 30, 2021

Junior Group Leader position in organic synthesis at IOCB Prague

The Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences (IOCB Prague) invites applications for a

Junior Group Leader position in synthetic organic chemistry

with a strong emphasis on synthetic approaches to complex target molecules at the interface of chemistry and biology.

Job description

This tenure-track position is comparable to assistant professor at a US university, or to a new investigator position at the Max Planck Institutes in Germany. IOCB aims to enhance its international character and is committed to inclusivity and diversity. Applications from any country are welcome, and we strongly encourage female and minority candidates to apply.

IOCB Prague in a nutshell:

  • A leading research institute in the Czech Republic in the framework of the Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Decades of successful basic and applied research in organic chemistry, biochemistry, the chemistry of natural products, theoretical chemistry, and physical organic chemistry
  • Operates in three major research clusters: BIO (biochemistry, structural biology, molecular biology, physiology, cell biology, chemical ecology, diagnostic tools, neuroscience); CHEM (drug discovery, organic synthesis, medicinal chemistry, natural products chemistry, materials chemistry, chemical biology, nanochemistry); PHYS (drug design, molecular modeling, computational chemistry, quantum chemistry, molecular spectroscopy, analytical chemistry, separation science) 
  • Powerful system of technology transfer aimed at successful commercialization of relevant results
  • Collaboration with top research institutes and commercial partners worldwide
  • Cutting-edge technology and equipment
  • International multicultural environment with English as the common language
  • Unparalleled financial standing that provides freedom in choosing and pursuing projects
  • Completely renovated campus with a new building dedicated to organic chemistry
  • Located in Prague near the city center and adjacent to several universities and the Czech National Library of Technology

Junior groups at IOCB Prague:

  • Junior groups start with cutting edge projects. They are established to drive research at the forefront of the field and are given the resources to develop into world-leading groups with dynamic and creative research portfolios.
  • Junior Group Leaders are selected in an open competition.
  • Newly established groups are provided with a starting package, salary resources, and fully equipped laboratory space.
  • Junior groups are mentored, and their progress is subjected to an interim evaluation after three years and a complex evaluation by the IOCB International Advisory Board after five years with the aim of promotion to senior group status.
  • Successful Junior Group Leaders are expected to establish an internationally visible research group, publish independent research in respected journals, and secure funding from national and international grant agencies (e.g. the European Research Council and the Czech Science Foundation).


The successful candidate will:

  • bring a competitive and cutting-edge research program in synthetic organic chemistry aimed at the synthesis of complex target molecules at the interface of organic chemistry and biology;
  • demonstrate the potential to successfully secure external funding through starting or junior grants from European and national agencies (e.g. the European Research Council and the Czech Science Foundation);
  • hold a PhD in organic chemistry for no more than 6 years (excluding parental leave and public service);
  • have relevant postdoctoral experience;
  • possess the ability to lead a research group;
  • be open to both in-house and external collaboration.

We offer

  • the opportunity to establish a research group with a generous and negotiable starting package that includes investments in necessary equipment, consumables, and salaries for up to five coworkers;
  • fully equipped laboratory space;
  • an outstanding and free to use research infrastructure;
  • strong logistic and administrative support in securing external funding;
  • a competitive group leader salary;
  • assistance and financial support for mothers with children;
  • support and assistance in relocating.

How to apply


  • Applications, in English, must be submitted no later than 30 April 2021 as a single pdf document to
  • Interviews to be conducted on 11 and 12 June 2021
  • Expected start: Fall 2021

Application package:

  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • Competitive research proposal (max. 5 pages) for a five-year period
  • List of publications
  • 2–3 letters of recommendation from respected scientists (incl. PhD and postdoc supervisors) must be sent directly to IOCB director Dr. Zdeněk Hostomský at who can also provide further information.

Application deadline: April 30, 2021

Key foreign researcher at the Research Centre of Cosmic Rays and Radiation Events in the Atmosphere (CRREAT).

The Nuclear Physics Institute of the CAS, v. v. i., announces a selection procedure for the position

Key foreign researcher at the Research Centre of Cosmic Rays and Radiation Events in the Atmosphere (CRREAT).

The CRREAT team performs measurements of the atmospheric radiation and ionization events using satellites, aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, monitoring cars, and ground stations. The CRREAT project ( shall contribute to the improvement of space weather models, air transport safety, and global navigation systems reliability.

Objectives of the project CRREAT are to deepen the knowledge about the relation between atmospheric phenomena and ionizing radiation, and to clarify phenomena causing variations of the secondary cosmic particles (SCP) in the atmosphere. 

Job description:

  • Management of scientific activities of the whole team consisting of 15 researchers from three institutions: NPI of the CAS, Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) of the CAS, Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague (FEE CTU)
  • Participation in the team's scientific activities, in the preparation of scientific papers, articles and their publication, presentations of results at conferences, preparation of grant proposals (applications), assistance in supervision work of undergraduate and graduate students


  • University education in physics or applied mathematics or related fields
  • Work in a foreign scientific and research (R&D) institution within five years (2009-2013), where the employee carried out independent active research for at least 36 consecutive calendar months
  • A person well recognized in his/her field at the international level, meeting the requirements for level R3 or R4 (Established Researcher / Leading Researcher), i.e.:
    • Rich history of publishing
    • Managerial qualities
    • Demonstrable success in obtaining grants in international R&D programs
    • Other R&D experience standardly required for senior researchers in prestigious foreign R&D workplaces

We offer:

  • Full-time employment (in case of the applicant's interest even shorter, but at least 0.5 FTE) until October 31, 2022 (with the possibility of extending), fully implemented at the CRREAT project workplace
  • 5 weeks of vacation, flexible/reduced working hours, lunch vouchers, support of leisure activities

Max. monthly gross salary for full-time employment: CZK 84,000

Expected date of commencement: as soon as possible, no later than June 2021


Ondrej Ploc ( and Josef Šalamon ( The workplace is located in Prague 8, Czech Republic, at the Department of Radiation Dosimetry, Nuclear Physics Institute of the CAS v. v. i.