The director of the CEITEC Brno University of Technology is opening a position of a

„Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Molecular Layers on Graphene Surfaces“


For our research group, we are seeking an outstanding applicant for the academic position of a postdoctoral research fellow. The promising candidate will prepare and characterize the properties of self-assembled molecular layers on weakly interacting substrates (e.g. graphene) by low energy electron microscopy (LEEM), XPS, STM and other complementary in-situ techniques. You will have the unique opportunity to work with state-of-the-art UHV system combining LEEM, STM, XPS, FTIR and LEIS. Your role is to perform experimental studies on selected systems under the framework of a running GAČR project.


  • Carry out the research activities within the projects of the group and as requested by Supervisor.
  • Adapt existing and develop new scientific methodologies and experimental protocols.
  • Test hypotheses and analyze scientific data from a variety of sources, reviewing and refining working hypotheses as appropriate.
  • Contribute ideas for new research projects and contribute to their preparation.
  • Undertake comprehensive and systematic literature reviews and summarize the results for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Collaborate in preparation of scientific/project reports and journal papers and occasionally present results of the work at conferences.
  • Use specialized scientific equipment in a laboratory environment.
  • Act as a source of information and advice to other members of the group on scientific protocols and experimental techniques.
  • Represent the research group at external meetings/seminars, either with other members of the group or alone.
  • Communicate and coordinate the experiments with the cooperating partners.
  • You will have possibility to teach and supervise master/bachelor theses.


We are looking for highly motivated researcher with a strong background in surface science and vacuum technology.

Selection criteria


  • Applicants should possess or be very close to obtaining a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, or Material Science.
  • Applicants should possess a master’s degree in Physics, Chemistry, or Material Science.
  • Experience (track of records) in surface science under UHV conditions (both sample preparation and analysis),
  • Good interpersonal and communications skills and the ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Should have very good English – both spoken and written.


  • The ability to direct own research and interpret results independently.
  • Experience with working at synchrotron sources.
  • Experience with graphene substrates grown under UHV.
  • Experience with molecular materials.
  • An interest in close collaboration with local experimental groups.

Interested candidate should provide:

  • Detailed CV including list of publications.
  • Cover letter stating the motivation for applying.
  • Name and contact details of two academic referees from two distinct institutions.

Employment Conditions

Anticipated start date: 11/2020 or upon agreement.

Fixed-term two-year position with a possibility of extension, open to negotiation.

Gross salary adequate for Brno area based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Electronic applications including required items should be submitted to e-mail recruitment@ceitec.vutbr.cz by October 4th, 2020 and quote the “PRF Molecular Layers on Graphene Surfaces” in the subject.   

Source: https://www.ceitec.eu/ceitec-but/i2?tabId=21212