Postdoctoral Researcher in the Field of Atmospheric-Pressure Plasma Treatment of Textile Materials

Brno, Czech Republic
14 Jul 2020
End of advertisement period
02 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Department: Plasma for Nanotechnology and Bioappliications – Faculty of Science
Deadline: 2 Aug 2020
Start date: by agreement

Bursar of the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University announces an open competition for the position Postdoctoral Researcher in the field of atmospheric-pressure plasma treatment of textile materials

Workplace: Department of Physical Electronics, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic
Type of Contract: temporary position with 1-year contract with possible extension for another year, non-academic
Working Hours: 1 FTE (full-time employment of 40 hours per week)
Expected Start Date: 1.10.2020 or negotiable with respect to immigration timelines for non-EU candidates
Number of Open Positions: 1
Pay: CZK 35 000 per month

Application Deadline: 02 August 2020

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About the Workplace

Masaryk University is the second-largest university in the Czech Republic with ten faculties, more than 5000 staff, and more than 30 000 students. As a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing, our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education.

Faculty of Science MU, a proud holder of the HR Excellence in Research Award by the European Commission, is a research-oriented faculty, offering university education (Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degree programs) closely linked to both primary and applied research and high school teaching of the following sciences: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Earth sciences. We are the most productive scientific unit of the Masaryk University generating around 40 % of MU research results.

Department of Physical Electronics (DPE) at the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University offers courses and guarantees fundamental and applied research in the fields on plasma physics, plasma applications, and nanotechnology. It has a tradition of more than 50 years. The R&D Centre for Low-cost Plasma and Nanotechnology Surface Modifications CEPLANT was established in 2010 as a part of the Department of Physical Electronics and was funded by the European Structural Funds and has been recognized by the European Union as a Key Enabling Technologies (KET's) centre.

Job Description

The postdoc will work at the within the research group Plasma Nanotechnology and Bioapplications ( that is a part of the DPE. The main activities of the group are the development of atmospheric-pressure plasma sources, their optimization, innovation and customization for the surface modification of materials such as non-woven fabrics, rigid and flexible polymers, wood, metals, semiconductors etc. used in a wide range of industrial fields. The group is active also in the field of plasma agriculture and plasma bio-decontamination.

The postdoc will be engaged in research of atmospheric-pressure plasma surface treatment of textiles, and (nano)fibrous materials by a unique type of surface dielectric barrier discharge, so-called diffuse coplanar surface barrier discharge (DCSBD). DCSBD has several advantages in comparison with other commercial plasma sources and has a high potential for a transfer to the practice. Therefore, it is expected that postdoc skilled in textile engineering will be a part of the team closely collaborating with textile institutes and textile producers from the Czech Republic and from abroad to implement technology in the industry.

Key Duties:

  • to get acquainted with the DCSBD technology and to optimise it for the surface treatment of textile and (nano)fibrous materials
  • to characterise the textile substrates after the plasma treatment by the appropriate tests and methods used in textile engineering, analyse the data and use them as feedback for establishing further experiments
  • to achieve the desired properties of textile and (nano)fibrous materials with optimized plasma treatment
  • to participate in the transfer of DCSBD technology to practice
  • to publish the research outputs
  • to propose and develop new areas of research within the research group
  • to participate in the preparing the research project proposals dealing with plasma treatment of textiles, including international funding opportunities.

Skills and Qualifications

The applicant must have:

  • PhD. Degree in Physics, Materials Chemistry, Textile Engineering or nearby scientific fields
  • experience in the application of low-temperature plasma sources or other related technologies like ozonation or advanced oxidation processes for surface treatment and activation of materials, e.g. non-woven textiles, natural fabrics
  • skills in the characterization of textile materials by the appropriate techniques used in textile engineering
  • good communication skills (oral and written) in English
  • publication record in peer-reviewed journals
  • must be able to learn how to operate the laboratory atmospheric-pressure plasma sources at CEPLANT and their upscaled versions adapted for the in-line treatment of textile materials at real industry conditions.

The applicant should have:

  • a strong motivation for research and to be able to contribute with creative ideas, be structured, ready to work independently as well as in a group, be prepared to collaborate with scientists from other research groups and/or universities, and be able to co-manage a group of students.

Informal inquiries about the position can be sent to Assoc. Prof. Dušan Kováčik – email, phone 00420 549 49 3787.

We Offer

  • International workplace with a motivated team of researchers and students
  • Access to modern atmospheric-pressure plasma technologies and surface analysis techniques
  • Worldwide contacts with specialised measurement equipment
  • An interesting job in a dynamically-expanding university area
  • Above-average wage (average wage in Czech Republic is 34 000, median wage is 29 000 CZK)
  • Flexible working hours and occasional home office to support personal needs in family and career
  • Employee benefits such as 6 weeks of paid vacation per year, pension insurance contribution, contribution to lunches in canteens of MU or meal vouchers, discounted language courses, discount in the university cinema, exclusive mobile tariff offer by Vodafone
  • Opportunity to work and live in a modern and dynamic city (for more information on costs of living, you can refer to Numbeo)
  • Support with your relocation to Brno by our International Staff Office

Application Process

The application shall be submitted online by 02.08.2020 via an e-application (Please, use the link in the e-Application section below).

The candidate shall provide following:

  • CV and Cover letter describing candidate's research interest and experience
  • Summary of research outputs and publications
  • Names and contact details of at least 2 references.

After submitting your application successfully, you will receive an automatic confirmation email from

Selection Process

Received applications will be considered carefully in line with principles of the EU Charter and Code for Researchers. Selection criteria: (i) meeting qualification requirements described above, (ii) all required documents provided.

If we do not contact you within 10 working days after the application deadline at the latest, it means that we have shortlisted other candidates meeting the position requirements.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a personal or Skype interview.

The Faculty Recruitment Policy (OTM-R) can be seen here.

Faculty of Science, Masaryk University is an equal opportunity employer. We support diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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