Department of Chemistry and RECETOX invite talented, highly motivated, young scientist to apply for the Ph.D. position in Organic Photochemistry to work in the group of Prof. Petr Klán. More information about the laboratory and group on http://photochem.sci.muni.cz.

Ph.D. student position in Organic Photochemistry

Topic: Photoactivatable Small Molecule-Releasable Compounds for Medical Applications.

The prospective student will use organic synthetic and physico-chemical tools to synthesize and study small-molecule releasing photoactivatable compounds. The initial aim will be to develop novel photochemically active carbon monoxide-releasing species for biological and medical applications. The (photo)reaction mechanisms will (can) be investigated using state-of-the-art techniques, such as nanosecond laser flash spectroscopy.

Required expertise: Organic synthesis; physical organic chemistry; standard analytical methods (NMR, GC, HPLC); spectroscopy; and favorably photochemistry


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 the transferable skills

Candidate profile

Candidate shall possess MSc. or a corresponding degree from a university in the area of organic or physical organic chemistry, solid background in the respective field and good communication skills in English language.

Start date as soon as possible but preferably not later than September 15, 2020.

Discussion about the research topic with supervisor is mandatory before the formal application – contact directly Prof. Petr Klán at klan@sci.muni.cz, phone: +420-54949-4856



For 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 klan@sci.muni.cz.

A review of applications will run continuously 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.


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RECETOX focuses on interdisciplinary research and education in the area of Environment & Health, studying toxic compounds and their behaviour, transport & bioaccumulation to evaluate environmental effects, assess the exposure and health risks to humans and develop technologies and biotechnologies to break them down. https://www.recetox.muni.cz/en

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