Postdoc Position in Biosensor Research

Brno, Czech Republic
04 Jun 2021
End of advertisement period
17 Jun 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Department Department of Biochemistry – Faculty of Science
Deadline 17 Jun 2021
Start date 01.09.2021


Dean of the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University announces an open competition for the position POSTDOC POSITION in Biosensor Research

Workplace: Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic
Type of Contract: temporary position with 2-year contract, non-academic
Working Hours: 1,0 FTE (full-time employment of 40 hours per week)
Expected Start Date: 1.9.2021
Number of Open Positions: 1                                               
Application Deadline: 

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.

The Department of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Science MU deals with basic and applied research on metabolism of microorganisms, mammals, plants and the development of (bio)analytical methods. Educational activity is based on a wide range of biochemical, molecular-biological and bioanalytical areas for several programs in bachelor's, master's and doctoral studies,

Job Description

Masaryk University in Brno, the Czech Republic, is offering a two-year postdoctoral fellowship to a recent PhD graduate who has experience and/or is willing to engage in research on the development of advanced biosensors and immunoassays, with focus on optical, piezoelectric, and electrochemical transducers. The successful candidate will undertake research in the laboratories of Dr. Zdeněk Farka in the Faculty of Science and candidate will collaborate with other research laboratories in the Faculty and CEITEC MU (Petr Skládal research group). Current projects focus on the development of novel biosensing strategies, focusing on implementation of nanomaterials to improve the performance of optical, piezoelectric, and electrochemical readout. Laboratories are also focused on advanced surface modification, characterization of nanomaterials, and study of bacterial lysis. Available facilities include a systems for surface plasmon resonance, quartz crystal microbalance, electrochemical sensing, atomic force microscopy, transmission and scanning electron microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, dynamic light scattering, nanoparticle tracking analysis, and advanced microplate readers for luminescence readout. Dr. Farka has international collaborations with scientists in Germany, Finland, France, and Sweden, and maintains strong links with biotechnology industry (Lumito AB, TestLine). The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic individual with an excellent PhD or early postdoctoral publication record and must be prepared to work both independently and in collaboration with other members of the research team.

Skills and Qualifications

The applicant must:

  • be a researcher who has received a PhD or its equivalent within the last 7 years
  • be a researcher who has worked at least two whole years in the last three outside the territory of the Czech Republic in the field of scientific research either full time or not less than 0.5 full-time equivalent, or who has been a PhD student (or equivalent) abroad
  • have a publishing record comprising, within the last three years, at least two refereed research papers listed in the Thomson Reuters Web of Science, Scopus or ERIH PLUS databases. Publications such as “articles”, “books”, “book chapters”, “letters” and “reviews” may be considered if they were refereed and listed in the above databases.

The selection committee may consider additional specific criteria, particularly:

  • The Ph.D. degree in natural sciences
  • experience with development of biosensors based on optical, piezoelectric, and/or electrochemical transducers
  • experience with characterization of surface and nanomaterials using atomic force and/or electron microscopy techniques
  • experience with surface modification techniques
  • good communication skills
  • demonstrated ability to work both independently and in collaboration with members of a research team
  • strong publication activity, with at least 15 publications (type article o review) and h-index higher than 5 according to Thomson Reuters Web of Science.

Informal inquiries about the position can be sent to Mgr. Zdeněk Farka, Ph.D., email, phone + 420 549 49 7674.

We Offer

  • Diverse and challenging work in an excellent research environment
  • Tenure track with an initial appointment for 2 years
  • A professional team and pleasant working conditions
  • Interaction with leading scientists in an inspiring, internationalised environment
  • An interesting job in a dynamically-expanding university area
  • Employee benefits such as 6 weeks of paid vacation per year, pension insurance contribution, contribution to lunches, discounted language courses, university cinema discount, exclusive mobile tariff offer by Vodafone, childcare group-Campus
  • Opportunity to work and live in a modern and dynamic city (for more information on costs of living, you can refer to Numbeo)
  • International Staff Office provides support with your relocation to Brno

Application Process

The application shall be submitted online by 17 June 2021 via an e-application (Please, use the link in the e-Application section below).

The candidate shall provide following:

  • a CV including a summary of education and research experience, publication activity, involvement in research grants, etc.
  • a scanned copy of the PhD diploma
  • a motivation letter
  • at least two reference letters from senior researchers familiar with the candidate’s work and performance

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 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. Visit our Career page.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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