Postdoc in the field of Biophysics

Brno (CZ)
07 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
28 Feb 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time


Department    Robert Vácha Research GroupCentral European Institute of Technology 

Deadline   28 Feb 2018

Start date   Negotiable 

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



CEITEC is a scientific centre in the fields of the life sciences, advanced materials and technologies aiming to establish itself as a recognised centre for fundamental as well as applied research. CEITEC offers state-of-the-art infrastructure and great conditions to employ excellent researchers. 
Our institute values diversity and promotes an inclusive working environment with the aim of supporting the best scientists. 

A postdoc position is available in Robert Vacha’s lab ( to participate in research focused on membrane-associated proteins with the objective of understanding their interactions, conformation and activation in the presence of membranes with various lipid compositions. The proteins in question are involved in deadly diseases and we hope to reveal their molecular mechanisms, which could be used in the design of new treatments. The research will be strongly coupled to collaboration with excellent experimental groups. Research will be conducted at CEITEC located in the life science campus of Masaryk University (Brno, Bohunice,  
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 an excellent career record corresponding to given stage of career demonstrating creativity and scientific quality publishing record – in the last three years at least three 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 theoretical knowledge of Molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo methods 
  • have work experience in computer simulations with all-atom or coarse-grained models 
  • have very good English – both spoken and written 

Desirable but not required: 

  • a motivated person with a collaborative mind set 
  • a willingness to engage in the life of the academic community 
  • previous experience with simulations of proteins and/or membranes 
  • experience with free energy calculations or enhanced sampling techniques 

MU offers the opportunity to gain:

  • an interesting job in a dynamically-expanding research institute 
  • an attractive salary and benefits package 
  • a background of a recognised and successful institution with a supportive and international working environment 
  • an environment promoting interdisciplinarity and intersectorality in research 
  • in-house core facilities 
  • support of administrative departments (including a grant office service) 
  • support with the relocation process (Welcome Service office) 
  • 6 weeks of paid holiday 

Anticipated start date: Negotiable 

Applications including CV, contacts for referees and a brief motivation letter should be sent by e-mail to 

Electronic application deadline is 28 February 2017 

  • The capital of the South Moravian Region and the second largest city in the Czech Republic with a population of almost 400,000 people 
  • A modern, dynamic and fast growing centre of industry, trade, science, research and innovation with business incubators and centres of excellence in science 
  • A city of universities with more than 86,000 students 
  • More than 10,000 researchers; 2,200 IF publications/year; 600+ PhD graduates/year, 
  • 500 mil. EUR of R&D investment per year, with more than 350 companies with in-house R&D, 
  • The city of Gregor Mendel, the founder of genetics; the prestigious Mendel Lectures series has taken place in Brno since 2003 (lectures by the world’s top scientists, including Nobel Prize winners), 
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