Postdoctoral Position in Plant Genomics and Proteomics

Brno, Czech Republic
08 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
15 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Department National Centre for Biomolecular Research – Faculty of Science
Deadline 15 Jan 2021
Start date flexible but not later than July 1st, 2021


Bursar of the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University announces an open competition for the POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN PLANT GENOMICS AND PROTEOMICS

Workplace:                 Department of National Centre for Biomolecular Research (NCBR), Faculty of Science, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic

Type of Contract:      temporary position, extendible till the end 2023, non-academic

Working Hours:         40 FTE (full-time employment)

Expected Start Date: flexible but not later than July 1st, 2021

Application Deadline: 15th January, 2021                             

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About the Workplace

Masaryk University (MU) 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 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 Functional Genomics and Proteomics (FGP) is part of the National Centre for Biomolecular Research (NCBR) at Faculty of Science, MU. The laboratory is well equipped by instrumentation for molecular biology and biochemistry. The research group will benefit from close collaboration with IEB, AV CR, Prague and from the international partnerships with the IBENS, Paris, France or EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany. In our research we tightly cooperate with the Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC) core facilities providing genomic and proteomic services such as cellular imaging, bioinformatics, structural biology, NGS, mass spectrometry, and plant cultivation under well-defined conditions, together with highly professional staff prepared to consult the experimental set-up or perform specific tasks on a service base. Involvement in supervision of undergraduate and PhD students is expected.

Job Description

Short description of the position profile:

  • Main topics of the project will include the characterization of regulatory pathways that operate plant male gametophyte (pollen) development in angiosperms.

Key Duties:

  • To analyse the regulatory elements (short motifs) in the promoters of pollen related genes.
  • To characterise regulatory factors associated with promoter regions regulating pollen development.
  • To analyse protein-protein and DNA-protein interactions.
  • To detect transcriptome and epigenetic changes in mutant plants.

Skills and Qualifications

The applicant must have:

  • PhD degree in natural sciences/life sciences (Plant Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, or Molecular Biology, Genomics, or a related field).
  • good knowledge in standard techniques of biology, cell biology, biochemistry and molecular biology.
  • demonstrated ability to independently pursue on his/her research projects and write manuscripts.
  • good communication skills (oral and written) in English.

Previous experience in at least one of the following fields of research is asset:

  • plant molecular biology
  • plant cell imaging
  • protein-protein or protein-DNA interactions (e.g. BiFC, ChIP)
  • pollen genomics and proteomics
  • bioinformatics

Informal inquiries about the position can be sent to (

We offer:

  • A challenging collaborative projects.
  • Vibrant working environment at in a dynamically expanding university area.
  • Salaried University employee with healthcare.
  • 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, exclusive mobile tariff offer by Vodafone.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Opportunity to work and live in a modern and dynamic city; University City with lots of culture, family-friendly etc. (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 via an e-application (Please, use the link in the e-Application section below).

Anticipated start date is flexible: flexible but not later than July 1st, 2021.

The candidate shall provide following:

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

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 videoconference 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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