Postdoc in the field of Special Needs Education

Brno (CZ)
05 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
28 Jan 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time


Department   Institute for Research in Inclusive EducationFaculty of Education 

Deadline    28 Jan 2018 

Start date   March 2018
Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic invites excellent scientists to apply for a 


The Institute for Research in Inclusive Education located at the Faculty of Education, Masaryk University conducts research on teaching and learning in inclusive and special settings and inclusion in a broader socio-cultural context, with emphasis on support for learners with special educational needs. The Institute seeks to engage a post-doctoral researcher to strengthen our team with expertise in behavioural intervention in students with neurodevelopmental disorders and severe/multiple disabilities. The post-doctoral researcher should contribute to the research activities of the Institute by preparing, conducting, and evaluating empirical and/or theoretical research, and publishing its outcomes for the international research community. His/her research should focus on behavioural intervention in children with severe and multiple disabilities, alternative and augmentative communication, social skills training and teaching of students with neurodevelopmental disabilities in inclusive as well as special settings. The research outcomes should be relevant for educational and cultural institutions (schools, school counselling centres, early intervention centres and social support services) with the potential to enhance the development of their staff and delivery of evidence-based intervention. 

The successful candidate should: 

  • be a researcher who has received a PhD or its equivalent within the last 7 years, 
  • be a researcher who has worked at least two whole years in the last three outside the territory of the Czech Republic in the field of research with a working time of at least 0.5 full-time equivalent, or who has been PhD student (or equivalent) abroad, 
  • have a publishing record – in the last three years at least two publication outputs registered in the 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 of at least one publication (according to the subject specificity it may be as the first author, the corresponding/reprint author, or the role of the individual authors stated in the article). 
  • have experience in the field of research into teaching and intervention in children with neurodevelopmental and multiple/severe disabilities – e.g. school education of students with multiple disabilities, language and alternative communication development in children with intellectual disabilities, social skills development in children with severe intellectual disabilities, etc.,   
  • have experience as a member or primary investigator on a research grant (an advantage), 
  • have knowledge and skills in behaviour intervention strategies and alternative communication systems, 
  • have excellent communication skills in English and an ability to collaborate with multiple teams. 

The application should include: 

  • a CV including a summary of work experience, publication activity, involvement in research grants, etc., 
  • a Cover Letter, 
  • a plan for his/her own research agenda (for two years, in line with the Institute’s research focus), 
  • contact information for at least two referees. 
  • MU offers the opportunity to gain: 
  • an interesting job in a dynamically-expanding university area, 
  • diverse and challenging work in an excellent research environment, 
  • tenure track with an initial appointment for two years, 
  • work in a professional team and pleasant working conditions, 
  • interaction with leading scientists in an inspiring, internationalised environment, 
  • a welcoming service for the successful candidate and his/her family. 

Anticipated start date:  The position is available from March 2018. 

The submission date is 28 January 2018.  

Send applications with requested documents and education certificates (without notarial verification) to 
If you have any questions or need further information please feel free to contact 

doc. PhDr. Karel Pančocha, PhD at 

A review of applications will commence immediately after the deadline. Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview within one month of the deadline. 
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