Researcher, Higher Dimensional Categories

Brno, Czech Republic
16 Jul 2021
End of advertisement period
31 Aug 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Department Department of Mathematics and Statistics – Faculty of Science
Deadline 31 Aug 2021
Start date by agreement


Bursar of the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University announces an open competition for the position Researcher - Higher dimensional categories

Workplace: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic

Type of Contract: temporary position with 2 year contract (with possible extension), non-academic

Working Hours: 1 FTE (full-time employment of 40 hours per week)

Expected Start Date: Ideally 1 January, 2022, precise date is negotiable, also taking into account  immigration timelines for non EU candidates

Number of Open Positions: 1 

Pay: CZK 45000 

Application Deadline: 31 08 2021 

EU Researcher ProfileR2 

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.

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 Mathematics and Statistics at the Faculty of Science MU invites applications for a research position funded by the project "The language of higher dimensional categories''. 

Job Description

Key Duties: The researcher will join the research team of John Bourke, within the Algebra, Topology and Number Theory Group, cf.

The project “The language of higher dimensional categories” covers the broad range of structures with connections to higher dimensional category theory, such as monads and theories, monoidal categories and their variants, enriched category theory including 2-categories and infinity-cosmoi, accessible categories.  

The researcher will conduct research in category theory and its applications, possibly including, but not limited to, some of the topics listed above.

Skills and Qualifications

The applicant must have:

  • Strong background in category theory
  • Good publication record
  • A PhD degree in mathematics or related areas (or be close to obtaining one)
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken

Informal inquiries about the position can be sent to Jan Slovak, email, phone +420 54949 7060.

We Offer

  • An interesting job in a dynamically-expanding university area
  • Flexible working hours and occasional home office to support personal needs in family and career compatibility
  • Employee benefits such as 6 weeks of paid vacation per year, pension insurance contribution, a financial meal allowance, lunches in canteens of MU, Multisport card, vaccinations free of charge, discounted language courses, discount in the university cinema, 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)
  • Support with your relocation to Brno by our International Staff Office

Application Process

The application shall be submitted online by 31 August 2021 via an e-application, please find the reference to the e-application in the beginning and end of the advertisement.

The candidate shall provide following:

  • CV
  • Cover letter describing candidate's research interest and experience
  • Summary of research outputs and publications
  • Arrange at least two reference letters to be sent to Jan Slovak (

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!