RECETOX, Masaryk University announces an open competition for the


A 4-year PhD programme position with 4-year support is available at RECETOX Centre of Masaryk University focused on interdisciplinary research and education in the area of Environment & Health. More about PhD at RECETOX https://www.recetox.muni.cz/en

The advertised positions will focus on environmental epidemiology. The successful candidates will investigate associations between environmental and social stressors and population health in the large prospective cohort studies (CELSPAC, HAPIEE) in the Czech Republic.

The selected PhD students will join a newly established ERA Chair Team (https://www.recetox.muni.cz/erachair) supported by of the competitive Horizon 2020 ERA Chair project R-EXPOSOME.

They will also benefit from the international partnerships of the Centre (University College London, ETH Zurich, IS Global Barcelona, Utrecht University etc.) and from access to state-of-the-art core facilities within RECETOX (https://www.recetox.muni.cz/en/services), CEITEC (https://www.ceitec.eu/core-facilities/) & other infrastructures across Masaryk University (https://www.muni.cz/en/research/large-research-infrastructure-projects).

RECETOX Ph.D. student position

  • 4-year Ph.D. programme with financial support for 4 years
  • Interdisciplinary scientific topics
  • Supervision by experienced mentors and excellent scientists and tailored study plan
  • Excellent and state-of-the-art research infrastructure
  • International mobility and internships
  • International and friendly environment
  • Courses developing transferable skills

Candidate profile

The candidate shall possess

  • MSc. or a corresponding degree from a university in relevant discipline;
  • A solid background in the respective field;
  • Some knowledge of statistical methods;
  • Ability to comfortably work with numbers and statistics;
  • Good numeracy and computer literacy;
  • Good communication skills and proficiency in English.

Discussion about the research topic with the supervisor is mandatory before the formal application – please contact Prof. Martin Bobák (martin.bobak@recetox.muni.cz) or Prof. Hynek Pikhart (hynek.pikhart@recetox.muni.cz) for more information.

Application and selection process

For a consultation with the supervisor, candidates should submit the application, including

(i) curriculum vitae;

(ii) motivation letter;

(iii) contacts of three persons who might provide references.

The application shall be submitted by email to Prof. Martin Bobák (martin.bobak@recetox.muni.cz) or Prof. Hynek Pikhart (hynek.pikhart@recetox.muni.cz)

The deadline for applications is on 30 September 2020. A review of applications will run as they are received and until the position is filled. The short-listed applicants complying with the requirements will be invited for personal or Skype interviews.

Formal application to Ph.D. studies at Masaryk University will then require further documentation and formalities from the candidates and will be processed through an electronic application system. Successful candidates will receive detailed instructions.

More about

Masaryk University is the second-largest university in the Czech Republic with nine faculties, more than 5000 staff, and more than 30 000 students. As a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing, our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education.

Faculty of Science MU, a proud holder of the HR Excellence in Research Award by the European Commission, is a research-oriented faculty, offering university education (Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degree programs) closely linked to both primary and applied research and high school teaching of the following sciences: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Earth sciences. We are the most productive scientific unit of Masaryk University, generating around 40 % of MU research results.

Brno, the capital city of the South Moravian Region, situated approximately halfway between Prague and Vienna, it is the largest university town in the Czech Republic and a modern metropolis with a long history and culture. Recognizing the university’s significant role in making Brno one of the most innovative cities in the CEE region, it continuously supports, together with the South Moravian Region, the local scientific, start-up, and high-tech communities.