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Open positions - research at UCT Prague

UCT Prague campus

UCT Prague encourages academics from all around the world to compete for positions at our university.

We regularly prepare special programmes with assured funding for postdocs and junior researchers, such as ChemJets and ChemJets 2.

Even if there is currently no open call, do not hesitate to contact us. We are always open to cooperate on good science projects.

Contact person

Ing. Anna Konecká

b Anna.Konecka@vscht.cz
e (00420) 220 444 403

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships

We are keen on hosting researchers with Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA PF) formerly known as Individual Fellowships (MSCA IF). The first MSCA PF call under the new EU flagship programme Horizon Europe is expected to run from 22 June to 12 October 2021.

Basic information on MSCA PF can be found here. More details will be available as soon as the call is launched.

The MSCA fellowhips are an outstanding opportunity for postdocs in any area of research, promoting excellence, creativity, career development and mobility. Researchers of any nationality may apply, provided they meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • PhD degree - obtained by the call deadline (PhD thesis defended);
  • maximum 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research -  from the date of PhD award; career breaks such as maternity or parental leave, years of experience outside research and years of research experience in Horizon Europe third countries do not count;
  • mobility rule - the researcher must have not resided or carried out his/her main activity in the country of the future host institution for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately preceeding the call deadline.

You are invited to browse the UCT Prague website to identify the departments or research groups best matching your research profile and interests.

The Department of Research and Development can assist you with your application by performing an eligibility check and providing feedback on a draft proposal. A number of support events is organised to enhance the quality of proposals by sharing available know-how and experience.

Note: Proposals not selected for EU financing, but getting a high score in the evaluation (usually 70% or more), qualify for support from a national programme and may still be implemented.


Open positions

Chair in Medicinal Chemistry

The University of Chemistry and Technology Prague (UCT) seeks to appoint a highly motivated and internationally recognized expert in drug discovery and development for a prestigious position: Chair in Medicinal Chemistry. The candidate will be expected to establish an excellent research group at UCT and to initiate novel national and international projects. As a faculty member, the candidate is further expected to participate in teaching activities, including the supervision of students. The Chair in Medicinal Chemistry position was established in collaboration with the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences (IOCB Prague). IOCB is traditionally active and successful in chemical research and practical applications, particularly in medicinal chemistry. IOCB’s most significant contributions to pharmaceutical development to date were the acyclic nucleotide phosphonate antivirals discovered by Prof. Antonín Holý and colleagues.

The candidate brings:

  • A competitive and cutting-edge research program in drug discovery and development.
  • An outstanding research record as reflected by international peer-reviewed publications in top journals.
  • Experience in leading a research group.
  • The potential to successfully secure external funding through European and other international and national agency grants.
  • Strong academic experience with the ambition to grow professionally (teaching experience and doctoral/PhD degree with the aim of pursuing habilitation/professorship).

 

The university offers:

  • Starting package for establishing a research group.
  • Equipped laboratory space.
  • Logistical and administrative support for procuring external funding.
  • Competitive group leader salary.
  • Assistance and support for families with children.
  • Support and help with relocation.

The initial appointment will be for five years with the perspective of continuing at UCT as a group leader and faculty member after successful habilitation (associate professorship).

Application:

  • Motivation letter.
  • CV with publication list.
  • Short summary of previous research activities (max. 3 pages).
  • Research proposal for the initial five-year period at UCT (max. 5 pages).

 Directions for submitting the application: Prof. Radek Cibulka, Radek.Cibulka@vscht.cz

 

Timelines:

  • Applications must be submitted no later than 15. 8. 2021.
  • Interviews to be conducted in September/October 2021.
  • Expected start:  2022

Positions with passed deadline

Postdoc position in Polymerization Catalysis

University of Chemistry and Technology Prague opens a postdoc position in the field of Macromolecular Chemistry: Polymerization catalysis. The position is supported by EU funds in the framework of the UCT Prague project ChemJets2.

Detailed description of the research topic, planned activities, candidate requirements and information about mentor is available here.

Who can apply?

We are looking for postdoc researchers who:

  • hold PhD degree in organic/organometallic/macromolecular chemistry
  • obtained PhD degree in May 2014 or later (ie. max 7 years, prolongation by maternity leave/long term sickness/military service is possible)
  • were employed outside the Czech Republic for at least 2 years in the last 3 years
  • published at least 2 publications in the last 3 years
  • may start between July – September 2021

What do we offer?

  • 20-month research fellowship at UCT Prague, supported by EU funds
  • full-time contract
  • monthly salary of 2800 EUR + consumables
  • support of excellent mentor & integration in the research team
  • employee benefits (6 weeks of vacation, catering allowance, language courses, institutional childcare)
  • possibility to apply for own research projects and establish an independent research group
  • international creative environment
  • enjoyable city life in a tolerant and safe country with rich cultural and natural heritage
  • excellent transport connection with the whole world

Selection criteria

  • research excellence (publications, citations, projects, etc.)
  • clear vision and research objectives
  • know-how, international experience, skills
  • motivation, creativity, activity, flexibility, independence, responsibility
  • excellent knowledge of written and spoken English (level B2 or higher)
  • organisational, communication and presentation skills
  • ability and willingness to publish results in reviewed highly impacted journals
  • ability and willingness to prepare and submit a research project during the mobility

Specific requirements

  • experience with ligand and organometallic complex synthesis
  • experience with Schlenk techniques
  • experience with basic structural characterization methods (NMR, MS, IR, X-ray)

 How to apply?

  • download and fill in the application form
  • submit your application via e-mail to research.positions@vscht.cz with “ChemJets2 application” in subject by 13 May 2021
  • online interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates

Two postdoc positions: Characterization of Glass Surface,  Colloidal Engineering and Nanomaterials

The positions are open in the group of prof. Ondrej Gedeon and prof. Miroslav Šoóš, for more information please go to ChemJets2.

Deadline for applications: 20 January 2021


PhD position in 2DS crystals development (MSCA-ITN)

For the EU-funded MSCA-ITN-2020 project entitled "Developing optoelectronics in two-dimensional semiconductors" (project acronym "2Exciting"), the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague (UCT Prague or VSCHT), Prof. Zdenek Sofer, offers 1 position as Early Stage Researcher / PhD student starting indicatively on 1st of April, 2021 for 36 months, with earlier or later start negotiable.

The project is funded by the MARIE SKŁODOWSKA CURIE Innovative Training Network (ITN) within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. General information about the openings of the ITN 2Exciting can be found here.

The work will be carried out in the research group of prof. Zdenek Sofer at UCT Prague (contact zdenek.sofer@vscht.cz). The ESR will be enrolled in the PhD programme at UCT Prague.

PhD Research Summary

The Early Stage Researcher (ESR) will explore the crystal growth of transition metal dichalcogenides, their alloys and doping using vapor transport methods and flux growth methods as well development of CVD deposition methods including deposition of heterostructures. The mechanical and chemical exfoliation methods will be developed in order to improve the yield and quality of few/monolayer materials. Materials will be characterized in detail using advanced microscopic (TEM, SEM, AFM) as well as spectroscopic methods (EDS, XPS, UPS, Raman/photoluminescence spectroscopy and others).

Job Requirements

  • university degree (MSc degree or equivalent) in physics or chemistry
  • experimental background in solid state chemistry and crystal growth/thin film deposition is an advantage
  • well-organised, motivated researcher with excellent communication skills
  • for additional eligibility rules and requirements please see here

We Offer

  • full-time contract for 36 months
  • work on the individual research topic described above
  • access to state-of-the-art equipment
  • enrolment in a 3-year PhD programme in Inorganic Chemistry
  • participation in the 2Exciting training programme on transferable skills with half-yearly network events in partner institutions
  • 2 international secondments (both industry and academia, 7 months in total)
  • competitive salary including mobility allowance and family allowance (if applicable)
  • employee benefits including 6 weeks of vacation and catering allowance

How to Apply

Please submit your CV, motivation letter, publication list (if applicable) and two reference letters electronically as a single pdf file to zdenek.sofer@vscht.cz and itn-2exciting@tu-dresden.de, indicating „2Exciting PhD position“ in subject of the message. Interviews with shortlisted candidates will be held in the form of video conferences.

The deadline for applications is 15.12.2020.


3 PhD Positions in Synthesis of Material for Carbon Capture and Photocatalytic Conversion of CO2

  

3 PhD positions (duration of PhD 4 years) are open at the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague within a large research project carried out in collaboration with partners from the Czech Republic and Norway. The project received funding by EEA and Norway Grants.

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) and utilization (CCU) are among the most urgent technologies needed to tackle the climate change and establish a carbon-neutral circular economy. Within this project we plan to prepare and test several novel composite materials, which can be utilized during carbon capture and consequent carbon utilization.

 Research Summary

The PhD candidates will be responsible for the synthesis of materials using recently developed method utilizing nanoparticles as building blocks to prepare composite polymeric porous material and their testing.

No1 PhD position will be dedicated to the synthesis and testing of various fillers (e.g. zeolites, MOF, CNT) to improve capacity of the porous materials in the capture step. Analysis of the prepared materials will be done via combination of several techniques including N2 sorption, Hg porosimeters, SEM/TEM, FTIR, XPS, TGA, CO2 capture capacity.

No2 PhD position will focus on the synthesis of photocatalytic particles (e.g. TiO2 nanoparticles) and their incorporation into suitable matrix utilized in the CO2 conversion step. Analysis of the prepared materials will be done via combination of several techniques including SEM/TEM, FTIR, XPS, photocatalytic activity of the prepared catalyst using wet synthesis route.

No3 PhD position will be dedicated to the design, optimization and application of photocatalytic reactor using material prepared by other students.

 We Look For

  • Enthusiastic students with good knowledge of inorganic chemistry, polymer science or material science (MSc. degree or equivalent) and experience with relevant analytical techniques (positions No1 and 2)
  • Enthusiastic students with chemical engineering background (MSc. degree or equivalent) and knowledge of photocatalytic principles (position No3). Knowledge of mixing principles and modelling capability applicable in the design of photocatalytic reactor will be an asset.
  • Very good knowledge of English (min. B2 level)

Start on February 1st 2021

 We Offer

  • full-time contract
  • work on the research project described above
  • access to state-of-the-art equipment
  • enrolment in a 4-year PhD programme
  • competitive salary
  • employee benefits including 6 weeks of vacation, catering allowance and language courses

 How to Apply

If you are interested, please send your CV, examination results and recommendation letters by e-mail to: Prof. Ing. Miroslav Soos, PhD (miroslav.soos@vscht.cz). The recruitment process will continue until the position is filled.


Postdoc Position in Synthesis of Material for Carbon Capture and Photocatalytic Conversion of CO2 

A postdoc position is open at the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, within a large research project carried out in collaboration with partners from the Czech Republic and Norway. The project received funding by EEA and Norway Grants and will be realized in the group of Prof. Miroslav Soos. More information about the group can be found at labsoos.vscht.cz.

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) and utilization (CCU) are among the most urgent technologies needed to tackle the climate change and establish a carbon-neutral circular economy. Within this project we plan to prepare and test several novel composite materials, which can be utilized during carbon capture and consequent carbon utilization.

We Look For

The postdoc will be responsible for the synthesis of materials for CO2 capture and its consequent photocatalytic conversion using wet synthesis route. It is expected that the perspective candidate will be skilled in the synthesis of porous composite materials with particular knowledge of zeolite or MOF synthesis to be used in the capture step and/or synthesis of photocatalytic particles (e.g. TiO2 nanoparticles) and their incorporation into suitable matrix utilized in the CO2 conversion step. Good knowledge of the following analytical techniques is also expected: N2 sorption, Hg porosimetry, SEM/TEM, FTIR, XPS, TGA, CO2 capture capacity, photocatalytic activity of the prepared catalyst using wet synthesis route. The proposed research project requires enthusiastic candidate with good knowledge of inorganic chemistry, polymer science or material science and relevant analytical techniques.

 Starting date: February 1st 2021

 We Offer

Full-time contract for 12 months with the possibility of prolongation for another 12 months

Competitive salary in the range from 1500 – 1600 Euro per month

Employee benefits including 6 weeks of vacation, catering allowance, institutional childcare and  language courses

How to Apply

If you are interested, please send your CV, list of publications and recommendation letters by e-mail to: Prof. Ing. Miroslav Soos, PhD (miroslav.soos@vscht.cz). The recruitment process will continue until the position is filled.


 

Post-doc position in medicinal chemistry

Postdoctoral position supervised by Dr. Pavla Perlíková is available at the Department of Organic Chemistry at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague. The candidate will join a newly established junior research team working on a project funded by start-up grant and focus on the synthesis of new cytochalasan analogues with antimetastatic activity.

Migrastatics represent a new concept of drugs with a great potential to improve the outcome of the current cancer treatment strategies by inhibiting metastatic behavior of cancer cells. Our goal is to use rational design to prepare new synthetic cytochalasan analogues with antimetastatic activity. Based on molecular modelling, cytochalasan scaffold will be modified at different parts in order to simplify its synthesis while keeping strong actin binding of new analogues. In our projects we are combining synthesis of complex molecules and medicinal chemistry.

We offer:

  • Work in a small team and friendly environment
  • Full-time contract for 12 months with possibility of extension
  • Competitive salary
  • Employee benefits (6 weeks of vacation, catering allowance,  language courses, institutional childcare)
  • Low cost of living in tolerant, progressive and secure country with rich cultural and natural heritage
  • Work in the heart of Europe with convenient transport connections to the whole world

We are looking for:

  • Highly motivated postdocs with excellent research experience
  • PhD degree in organic chemistry
  • Excellent knowledge of synthetic organic chemistry
  • Track record of publications in peer-reviewed international journals
  • Pro-active, flexible and responsible colleagues
  • Excellent command of English (level B2 or higher)
  • Organizational, communication and presentation skills

Timelines:

  • Applications must be submitted no later than October 31, 2020.
  • Interviews to be conducted in November 2020.
  • Expected start: January 2021.

How to apply

Please send your CV and a brief motivation letter via email to cibulkar@vscht.cz, including a list of publications and at least two reference letters.


Chair in Medicinal Chemistry

More information

The University of Chemistry and Technology Prague (UCT) seeks to appoint a highly motivated and internationally recognized expert in drug discovery and development for a prestigious position: Chair in Medicinal Chemistry. The candidate will be expected to establish an excellent research group at UCT and to initiate novel national and international projects. As a faculty member, the candidate is further expected to participate in teaching activities, including the supervision of students. The Chair in Medicinal Chemistry position was established in collaboration with the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences (IOCB Prague). IOCB is traditionally active and successful in chemical research and practical applications, particularly in medicinal chemistry. IOCB’s most significant contributions to pharmaceutical development to date were the acyclic nucleotide phosphonate antivirals discovered by Prof. Antonín Holý and colleagues.

The candidate brings:
- A competitive and cutting-edge research program in drug discovery and development.
- An outstanding research record as reflected by international peer-reviewed publications in top journals.
- Experience in leading a research group.
- The potential to successfully secure external funding through European and other international and national agency grants.
- Strong academic experience with the ambition to grow professionally (teaching experience and doctoral/PhD degree with the aim of pursuing habilitation/professorship).

The university offers:
- Starting package for establishing a research group.
- Equipped laboratory space.
- Logistical and administrative support for procuring external funding.
- Competitive group leader salary.
- Assistance and support for families with children.
- Support and help with relocation.

The initial appointment will be for five years with the perspective of continuing at UCT as a group leader and faculty member after successful habilitation (associate professorship)

Timelines:

  • Applications must be submitted no later than 30. 9. 2020.
  • Interviews to be conducted in November 2020.
  • Expected start: July 2021.

Application:

  • Motivation letter.
  • CV with publication list.
  • Short summary of previous research activities (max. 3 pages).
  • Research proposal for the initial five-year period at UCT (max. 5 pages).
  • Contact email: Radek.Cibulka@vscht.cz

About us:

The University of Chemistry and Technology Prague (UCT) is one of the largest Central European educational and research centers performing cutting-edge research focused on chemistry, chemical and biochemical technologies, material and chemical engineering, food science, environmental studies, and related disciplines. Remarkably, of the more than 4,000 students at UCT, ca. 750 are enrolled in doctoral programs. Some of UCT’s programs are unique to the Czech Republic and are essential to the country’s future. UCT collaborates with more than 100 academic institutions worldwide. According to the QS World University Rankings 2021, UCT Prague ranked second among Czech universities and improved globally by 13 places from the previous year, achieving a rank of 342. According to the Nature Index 2020 rankings, UCT is the third best Czech university (177th in Europe).


Post-doc position in 2D materials synthesis and applications for electrocatalysis, supercapacitors and rechargeable batteries in ERC team

More information

Postdoctoral positions supervised by prof. Zdeněk Sofer are available at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague. The candidates will join an international team working on a project funded by the ERC-CZ grant and focus on the synthesis of two-dimensional materials, their composites and nanostructures, exploration of their applications for supercapacitors, rechargeable batteries and optoelectronic devices.

For more information on the research conducted by prof. Sofer and recent publications of the group please consult:

We offer:

  • Immediate start
  • Work in a dynamic international research team
  • Access to state-of-the-art equipment
  • Full-time contract for 12 months with possibility of extension
  • Highly competitive salary
  • Employee benefits (6 weeks of vacation, catering allowance,  language courses, institutional childcare)
  • Low cost of living in tolerant, progressive and secure country with rich cultural and natural heritage
  • Work in the heart of Europe with convenient transport connections to the whole world

We are looking for:

  • Highly motivated postdocs with excellent research experience
  • PhD degree in chemistry or material science and related area
  • Experience in application focused on rechargeable batteries, supercapacitators and OLED devices, or synthesis of materials including Schlenk line and glovebox work
  • Track record of publications in peer-reviewed international journals
  • Pro-active, flexible and responsible colleagues with a collaborative mindset
  • Excellent command of English (level B2 or higher)
  • Organizational, communication and presentation skills
  • Availability to start as soon as possible

How to apply

Please send your CV and a brief motivation letter via email to Zdenek.Sofer@vscht.cz, including a list of publications and contact details for at least two references.

Applications are accepted until the positions are filled. Selected candidates will be invited for an online interview where further details regarding the position and the research project will be discussed.

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Updated: 17.6.2021 13:14, Author: Anna Konecká

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