Scientist (PhD) with at least 3 years post-doctoral experience

Ceske Budejovice, South Bohemia
Internationally competitive, the exact level will depend on the qualification of the candidate.
December 07 2018
project KOROLID: experienced scientist (PhD)
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

For its expansion, the Department of Plant Biophysics and Biochemistry in the Biology Centre of the Academy of Science, České Budějovice, Czech Republic, searches candidates for  

1 scientist (PhD) with at least 3 years post-doctoral experience  

Position summary
The scientist will pursue research on metal(loid)s in plants and other photosynthetic organisms in terms of biochemistry and biophysics of micronutrient nutrition, toxicity and detoxification. Research will be on the organismic, cell/tissue and molecular (DNA, RNA, protein, metabolite) level, with a focus on protein biochemistry. We are looking for a candidate who wants to join the department long-term.

The Department of Plant Biophysics and Biochemistry (PBB, headed by Prof. Hendrik Küpper) as part of the Institute of Plant Molecular Biology (IPMB) within the Biology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (BCAS). The department was recently awarded a 4.9 Mio € grant from the Czech Ministry of Education with co-financing from the EU, which allowed for its expansion incl. additional team members and further high-end research instruments (e.g. ICP-sfMS, µXRF). The department is interested in the physiology, biophysics and biochemistry (incl. molecular biology) of photosynthetic organisms (terrestrial and submerged higher plants, algae, bacteria). The main focus is on metal metabolism (uptake, physiological use, sequestration, complexation, detoxification, toxicity) and photosynthesis regulation. It employs various biochemical and biophysical methods from the whole organism to the molecular level.
Further details:
(a) BCAS:
(b) IPMB:,
(c) PBB:

Conditions of contract
Employment can start on 1 March 2019, or later depending on mutual agreement. The contract will be initially for one year (with 3-months probation period). Afterwards, the contract may be extended long-term. Wage will be internationally competitive, the exact level will depend on the qualification of the candidate.

Interested candidates must have successfully obtained a PhD degree in a relevant discipline and should have previous experience in plant sciences, or protein biochemistry of another organism group, in both cases ideally combined with experience in metal(loid) metabolism and a strong background in biophysics and/or protein biochemistry. Furthermore, the candidate should have theoretical expertise and practical experience in protein purification and at least one of the following areas: physiology, biophysics, analytical chemistry, general biochemistry. Practical experience in, and theoretical understanding of, at least one of the following techniques would be helpful: Chlorophyll fluorescence kinetics, advanced UV/VIS absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy, X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy (XANES, EXAFS, XRF, EDX, PIXE), ICP-MS, GF-AAS, polarographic gas exchange measurement, HPLC, metalloproteomics, enzyme assays, mass spectrometric identification of proteins. An interest in environmental questions and problems would be a further benefit. The candidate needs to have a good knowledge of spoken and written English in order to be able to fluently
communicate with the team, to write scientific manuscripts for publication in international journals and grant applications for international agencies.

How to apply
Interested candidates should apply no later than 3 January 2019, by submitting the following documents and information as one complete pdf file to
- A cover letter (max. 1000 words) explaining why the candidate believes to be suitable for this post
- A detailed CV including lists of publications, other achievements and previous professional experience
- Academic transcripts and diplomas (scanned copies)
- A list of minimally two referees whom we may ask by telephone or e-mail before or after the interview.

Evaluation procedure and Announcement of results
The evaluation committee will invite (min. 1 week in advance) shortlisted candidates for an interview to be held as a Skype videoconference in January 2019, and candidates will be informed of the results after max. 3 weeks.