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Department Head of International Clinical Research Center

Brno, Czech Republic
Closing date
12 Jun 2024

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Department: International Clinical Research Center – Faculty of Medicine
Deadline: 12 Jun 2024
Start date: Upon agreement
Job type: full-time
Job field: Science and research

The Director of the St. Anne's University Hospital in Brno and the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Masaryk University announce a selection procedure for the position:

Department head of International Clinical Research Center

The International Clinical Research Center (ICRC) at St. Anne’s University Hospital Brno (FNUSA) is a scientific research institution. We focus on preclinical and clinical research, particularly in the areas of cardiology, neurology and oncology, with the aim of improving patient care. In July 2022, we became a joint workplace of FNUSA and the Faculty of Medicine of Masaryk University (LFMU) in Brno. We also have joint research teams with the Faculty of Science of MU and the Institute of Biophysics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and close cooperation with the Veterinary Research Institute (VÚVEL) and the Faculty of Pharmacy of MU.

The Department Head position candidate must be a respected expert, independent researcher and visionary with more than 5 years of international research experience in respected universities, or research or academic institutions in the Czech Republic or abraod, with excellent skills in scientific writing and publishing, research design, leading research teams and organizations, grant acquisition and management. A candidate should be a researcher with a competitive track record in the following research areas: health, life sciences, and biomedical engineering, with a focus on (pre)clinical research.

Key responsibilities of the Head of the department:

  • To manage ICRC and all activities of the ICRC research teams composed of Czech and foreign researchers.
  • To define ICRC's long-term priorities, vision, and strategy based on its potential.
  • To be able to coordinate strategic institutional grants (e.g. H2020, large infrastructure grants, and consortium grants)
  • To make decisions on research budgeting (obtaining grants, contracts for contract research and clinical trials). To coordinate the strategy for obtaining grants.
  • To coordinate and oversee research and its overlap and synergies with clinical practice, education and project administration at ICRC in close collaboration with team leaders.
  • To coordinate the evaluation system together with the International Scientific Advisory Board, implement the results of evaluations, and set individual objectives for the research groups.
  • To manage the preparation of strategic grant proposals in collaboration with other ICRC institutions and ICRC partners.
  • To promote close cooperation with the management of St. Anne’s University Hospital Brno and the management of the Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University.
  • To maintain and develop the ICRC’s external relations in the Czech Republic and abroad. To support existing international collaboration and actively seek new collaboration partners. To present the centre at international conferences, business meetings, etc. To promote the centre to the public.
  • To act as the scientific and strategic support representative in political negotiations between the hospital’s management and the government in obtaining stable financial support for FNUSA (ICRC) from the budget of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.

During the selection process, the candidate will have the opportunity to present her/his vision for fulfilling the responsibilities mentioned above.

Requirements for a declared position:

  • A university degree in medicine or natural sciences, followed by the successful completion of a doctoral degree programme;
  • Demonstrable research management experience in cardiology, neurology, oncology, biomedical engineering or related fields;
  • Strong leadership potential in relation to research management, centre operations and finances;
  • A min. of 5 years of experience in leading a research team/organization;
  • The ability to conduct independent research;
  • Excellent results in publishing research papers with a high impact factor;
  • Experience in obtaining international grants (please provide a list of successful grant applications over the last 8 years in which the applicant has been a PI);
  • Very good command of both spoken and written English; Czech is an advantage;
  • Moral and civic integrity;
  • Fulfilment of the prerequisites pursuant to Act No. 451/1991 Coll. (the so-called Lustration Act); persons born after 1 December 1971 and foreign applicants  do not have to provide proof).

We offer:

  • Work in an inspiring intellectual environment with an emphasis on multi-disciplinary cooperation;
  • Work in a top medical and educational workplace, involvement in teaching in a unique simulation centre;
  • Professional growth and the possibility of continuing education;
  • Motivating financial remuneration;
  • Strong emphasis on employee health and safety in the workplace, support for family policy;
  • Supplementary pension insurance contribution, sick days, holiday allowance and other benefits.

Applications together with

  • a structured CV,
  • an overview of scientific and publishing activities,
  • contact details of two persons for references (name, position, telephone number),
  • photocopies of qualification papers and diplomas (external applicants only)
  • a criminal record (no older than three months)
  • certificate according to Act No. 451/1991 Coll. (he so-called Lustration Act; persons born after 1 December 1971 and foreign applicants  do not have to provide proof),

should be sent to the HR department of the Faculty of Medicine through e-Application (see below) or paper form. For more information, please contact Adela Pazderová on e-mail:


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