Postdoc in the field of Physical Geography

Brno (CZ)
21 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Mar 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Contract Type
Full Time

POSTDOC POSITION in the field of Physical Geography

Department    Department of GeographyFaculty of Science

Deadline   15 Mar 2018

Start date   June 2018

Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic invites excellent scientists to apply for 

POSTDOC POSITION in the field of Physical Geography 

Polar-Geo-Lab at the Department of Geography, Masaryk University in Brno is the leading Czech working group focusing on geoscientific research in Polar Regions, especially in Antarctica. The research is mostly connected with the infrastructure of the J.G.Mendel Station located on the northern coast of James Ross Island, NE Antarctic Peninsula.

Reconstruction of past and present abiotic processes associated with ice-free areas of marginal part of Antarctica is the main research topic of the group. Deglaciation history during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition, as well as the timing of neoglacial advances and retreats of local glaciers are basic pre-requisites of the holistic research of environmental changes in the largest ice-free area in the Antarctic Peninsula region. The postdoc will focus on Holocene palaeoglaciology of this marginal part of Antarctica and his research will consist of field geomorphological mapping, sampling and subsequent laboratory research and GIS analyses. The position requires 2-months field stay on James Ross Island in the austral summer of 2018/19 and laboratory analyses for cosmic ray exposure dating in foreign laboratory. The candidate should have experience with field geomorphological research, GIS analyses and basic laboratory techniques for cosmic ray exposure dating applications. 
The successful candidate should: 

  • be a researcher within 7 years after receiving the Ph.D. degree or its equivalent 
  • be a researcher, who worked at least 2 of the last 3 years outside the territory of the Czech Republic in the field of research with working time of at least 0.5, or was a Ph.D. student (or similar form) abroad 
  • have a publication activity – in the last 3 years, at least 2 publication outputs registered in Thomson Reuters Web of Science, Scopus or ERIH PLUS databases and at the same time, publications such as “articles”, “books”, “book chapters”, “letters” and “reviews”. The applicant must be the principal author at least one publication (according to the subject specificity it may be the first author, the corresponding/reprint author, or the role of the individual authors stated in the article). 
  • have experience with geoscientific fieldwork in Polar or Alpine areas 
  • have experience with GIS analyses in geomorphology 
  • have experience with research projects (an advantage) 
  • have excellent communication skills and ability to collaborate in wider team 

The application should include: 

  • CV including a summary of work experience, publication activity, involvement in research grants, etc. 
  • Cover Letter 
  • contact information of at least three references 
  • MU offers the opportunity to get: 
  • interesting job in a dynamically expanding university area 
  • diverse and challenging work in excellent research 
  • tenure track with an initial appointment for 2 years 
  • professional team and pleasant working environment 
  • interaction with leading scientists in an inspiring, internationalized environment 
  • welcome service for the successful candidate and his/her family 

Anticipated start date: The position is available from March 2018. 
The submission date is 15 March 2018.   
Please submit your application (or informal enquiries can be sent) by e-mail to 
Review of applications will commence immediately after the deadline. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview within one months of the deadline. 
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