Assistant Professor in Computational chemistry

Brno, Czech Republic
04 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
01 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Department: National Centre for Biomolecular Research – Faculty of Science
Deadline: 1 Oct 2023
Start date: negotiable
Job type: full-time
Job field: Education and schooling

Dean of the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University announces an open competition for the position

Assistant Professor in Computational chemistry

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

Type of Contract: temporary position with 3-year contract with possible extension, academic

Working Hours: 1,0 FTE (full-time employment of 40 hours per week)

Expected Start Date: negotiable with respect to immigration timelines for non EU candidates

Number of Open Positions: 1

Pay: negotiable

Application Deadline: 01.10.2023

EU Researcher Profile: R2

About the Workplace

Masaryk University is modern, dynamic and the most attractive university in the Czech Republic with ten faculties, more than 6000 staff and 30 000 students, a wide range of research areas and a strong international position. We are the largest academic employer in the South Moravian Region.

Faculty of Science MU, a 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.

National Centre for Biomolecular Research at the Faculty of Science MU is focused on the study of bio(macro)molecules at the atomic level using experimental and computational methods. Equipment for nuclear magnetic resonance, crystallography, study of biomolecular interactions, genomics and proteomics is available. The department has access to powerful computational capacities used for computational chemistry, bioinformatics and chemoinformatics. The department also provides teaching and training of bachelor's, master's and doctoral students in study programs focused on bioinformatics, biomolecular chemistry, genomics and proteomics, and life sciences.

Job Description

Key Duties:

  • Teaching programming and software development in C/C++ lectures for Biochemistry and related study programs
  • Creating study materials in Czech and English languages
  • Contribution to study programmes development and popularization of science
  • Diploma theses supervision
  • Research in the field of molecular modelling and computational methods on biomolecular systems
  • Research focused on development of computational methods for study of reaction mechanisms of enzymatic reactions, mainly on glycosyltransferases
  • Software development for computational chemistry
  • Active participation in scientific conferences, meetings, and presentation of research results

Skills and Qualifications

The applicant must have:

  • PhD degree in Biochemistry, Biomolecular chemistry, or Bioinformatics
  • Teaching experience: at least 2 years of active teaching in the fields of Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, or related fields
  • Good communication skills (oral and written) in English and Czech – ability to teach a lecture in Czech and English language
  • Conclusive experience in the field of computational glycobiochemistry demonstrated by publications in high-quality international journals
  • Publication activity: at least 3 publications in impact journals, total citations 50 or more
  • Experience with molecular biology methods for recombinant protein preparation and their production
  • Advanced experience with methods of computational study of enzyme reaction mechanisms, especially with quantum chemistry methods and hybrid models
  • Advanced experience with development of HPC (high performance computing) software for computational chemistry in C/C++
  • Experience with development of software in Python
  • Experience with programming within large-scale software packages for computational chemistry (>100.000 lines of code)
  • Experience in operating and managing computational chemistry infrastructure (Linux-based computing clusters, network elements and data storage)
  • Experience with research work and software development in an international team

Informal inquiries about the position can be sent to Mgr. Veronika Papoušková, Ph.D. email, phone 549494615.

We Offer

  • An interesting job in a dynamically-expanding university area
  • Career development and opportunities for further expert education
  • Flexible working hours and occasional home office to support personal needs in family and career compatibility
  • International working team
  • Employee benefits such as 8 weeks of paid vacation per year, pension insurance contribution, Multisport card, vaccinations free of charge, discounted language courses, exclusive mobile tariff offer by Vodafone, childcare groups at Campus and Komenského náměstí)
  • 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 01.10.2023 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
  • Names and contact details of at least 2 references.
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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.

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!