Postdoc in Ecology or Evolutionary Biology

Brno, Czech Republic
12 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
15 Feb 2022
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Department: Department of Botany and Zoology – Faculty of Science
Deadline: 15 Feb 2022
Start date: 2022 (date is negotiable)
Job type: full-time
Job field: Science and research

Bursar of the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University announces an open competition for the position Postdoc in Ecology or Evolutionary Biology,
Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Workplace: Department of Botany and Zoology, 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: 2022 (date is negotiable)
Number of Open Positions: 1
Application Deadline: 15 February 2022

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 Botany and Zoology is a modern centre of research and teaching in evolutionary biology, biosystematics and ecology. Its research groups study phylogenetic relationships and the classification of organisms, their diversity from the local to the continental level, and the ecological relationships of individual species, populations and communities in relation to both natural and human-induced changes in entire ecosystems.

Job Description

Key Duties

  • Performing independent research in the field of biosystematics and taxonomy, vegetation science, macroecology, Quaternary palaeoecology, evolutionary biology, molecular ecology, population ecology, behavioral ecology, ichthyoparasitology, molecular parasitology, parasite epidemiology, hydrobiology, soil biology or mammaliology
  • Writing scientific publications for international journals
  • Presentations at international conferences
  • During the period of the contract, the postdoc must not have any other employment. It is assumed that the postdoc will be present at the Department of Botany and Zoology in Brno except for business trips (conferences, workshops or fieldwork) and vacations.

Skills and Qualifications

  • PhD in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Botany, Zoology or related fields (finished not more than eight years ago)
  • Less than 8 years from obtaining the Ph.D. at the time of starting the position
  • The candidates who obtained Ph.D. at Masaryk University must have completed the first position lasting at least two years outside MU
  • Specialist in one of the following fields: biosystematics and taxonomy, vegetation science, macroecology, Quaternary palaeoecology, evolutionary biology, molecular ecology, population ecology, behavioral ecology, ichthyoparasitology, molecular parasitology, parasite epidemiology, hydrobiology, soil biology or mammaliology
  • International experience (studies or employment, for at least two years within the period of the last four years, at a university or research institution outside the Czech or Slovak Republics)
  • Publication experience (the first or corresponding author of at least three articles in the above-mentioned fields published in journals indexed in the Web of Science database)
  • Fluency in spoken and written English demonstrated by previous international publications and conference presentations or internships
  • Good communication skills, motivation for teamwork
  • Flexible and independent way of organizing work with a clear focus on science

Informal inquiries about the position can be sent to Soňa Hroudova, email

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, 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 15 February 2022 via an e-application, please find the reference to the e-application in the beginning and end of the advertisement.

The candidate shall provide the following:

  • CV including a list of publications (with a clear indication of the articles indexed in the Web of Science database)
  • Motivation letter explaining your interest in ecology and evolutionary biology and how do you fulfil the above-mentioned requirements (max. 2 pages)
  • Names and contact details of at least two referees

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 online 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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