Postdoc Position in Research on Aging and Alzheimer´s Disease

Brno, Czech Republic
16 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
15 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department RECETOX – Faculty of Science
Deadline 15 Oct 2020
Start date upon agreement

The Bursar of the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University announces an open competition for the Postdoc Position in Research on Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease

Workplace: RECETOX, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic
Working Hours: full time, 40 hours per week
Expected Start Date: as soon as possible, or negotiable with respect to immigration timelines for non-EU candidates
Number of Open Positions: 1
Application Deadline: October 15, 2020
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RECETOX Centre of Masaryk University carries out interdisciplinary research and education in the area of Environment & Health with a specific focus on assessment of toxic compounds,  their behaviour, transport & bioaccumulation, their adverse effects, and related environmental and health risks as well as new enabling technologies, biotechnologies, and IT tools for linking environmental stressors to population health and mitigating their impacts.

Research topic and job description

Clinically relevant biochemical, immunological and cellular biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease and aging

To the research group of Dr. Zdenek Spacil  we are searching for talented and highly motivated scientist who will design and perform laboratory experiments using mass spectrometry, biochemistry and molecular biology methods and will be responsible for development of mass spectrometry data processing pipeline to characterize immune-metabolic biomarkers of aging and Alzheimer’s disease. The candidate will apply mass spectrometry technology to the analysis of materials from cell culture and animal model and clinical samples. The emerging cellular biology model based on cerebral organoids will allow for hypothesis driven experiments transformative to the field of Alzheimer's disease research. The candidate will be involved in cutting-edge research on multidisciplinary project combining advanced analytical technology with modern cell biology to advance medicine. This is a unique opportunity for a motivated candidate to take part in an excellence science.

The research group led by Zdenek Spáčil is engaged in metabolomics and targeted proteomics and pioneering the exposome (i.e. non-genetic factors affecting human health).

Skills and Qualifications

  • Ph.D. degree obtained within past 5 years in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, bioinformatics or related field.
  • Previous research experience and a solid record of accomplishment in peer-reviewed scientific journals (i.e. WoS, SCOPUS), including a first author publication.
  • Proven interest and motivation to tackle scientific challenges, independent planning of experiments to explore given hypotheses and technical skills to conduct experimental work.
  • Practical experience and understand the basic principle of mass spectrometry-based techniques and modern liquid chromatography concepts. The basic programming skills (i.e. R, Python) and experience with statistical data processing are advantageous.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities, independently solve technical issues, resourcefulness and excellent science writing are required.
  • Additional requirements include good written and oral communication skills, excellent documentation skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of an international team.

We Offer

  • Vibrant working environment and access to state-of-the-art infrastructure
  • The dynamic group surrounded by an international team of experts
  • The opportunities towards independent scientific career development
  • Collaborative projects with international partners (e.g. ETH Zurich, University College London, Univ. of Vienna, Univ. of Washington)
  • To publish results in prestigious scientific journals
  • Employee benefits: 6 weeks of leave per year, health insurance, pension insurance contribution, meal vouchers, discounted language courses, etc.
  • Support with your relocation
  • Brno provides a high quality of life; it is a university city with lots of cultures and very family-friendly

We offer one-year appointment with the possibility of extension (project funding until 2022).

Application Process

Applicants should provide the following information in English

  • CV
  • Summary of publications and research outputs
  • A statement of research interests
  • Names and contact details of at least 3 professional referees
  • Ph.D. certification

The deadline for applications is on 15 October 2020. A review of applications will run continuously as they are received and until the position is filled. The short-listed applicants complying with the requirements will be invited for personal or Skype interviews.

The application shall be submitted online via an e-application (Please, use the link in the e-Application section below). After submitting your application successfully, you will receive an automatic confirmation email from

Contact:, Barbora Chlubná.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Selection Process

Received applications will be considered carefully in line with the principles of the EU Charter and Code for Researchers.

Selection criteria:

  1. meeting qualification requirements described above,
  2. all required documents provided. The Faculty Recruitment Policy (OTM-R) can be seen here.

If we do not contact you within 30 working days after the application deadline at the latest, it means that we have shortlisted other candidates meeting the position requirements.

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

More about

Masaryk University is the second-largest university in the Czech Republic with nine 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 MUa 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 Masaryk University, generating around 40 % of MU research results.

Brno, the capital of the South Moravian Region, situated approximately halfway between Prague and Vienna, it is the largest university town in the Czech Republic and a modern metropolis with a long history and culture. Recognizing the university’s significant role in making Brno one of the most innovative cities in the CEE region, it continuously supports, together with the South Moravian Region, the local scientific, start-up, and high-tech communities.

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