Workplace:  Laboratory of Functional Genomics and Proteomics (FGP), National Centre for Biomolecular Research (NCBR), Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Thesis Topic: Proteins involved in the regulation of telomeric repeats

Supervisor: Mgr. Petra Procházková Schrumpfová, Ph.D. (https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0066-1581)

Type of Cooperation: PhD fellowship (more information on PhD study programmes at the Faculty of Science here)

Expected Start Date: flexible but not later than April 1st, 2021.

Application Deadline: 30. 1.2021

About the Workplace

We are looking for highly motivated graduates to join the Laboratory of Functional Genomics and Proteomics (FGP). The laboratory is well equipped by instrumentation for molecular biology and biochemistry. The research group will benefit from close collaboration with UEB, AV CR, Prague and from the international partnerships with the IBENS, Paris, France or EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany. Our research utilizes tight cooperation with the Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC) core facilities providing genomic and proteomic services such as imaging, bioinformatics, structural biology, NGS, mass spectrometry, and plant cultivation under well-defined conditions, together with highly professional staff prepared to consult the experimental set-up or perform specific tasks on a service base. Involvement in supervision of undergraduate students is expected.

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, 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.


Selected student will have an opportunity to join a new project dealing with a hot topic in the field of gene regulation, including, but are not limited to:

  • analysis of the regulatory elements (particularly telo-boxes) in the promoters of the genes involved in a plant development – especially in a male gametophyte (pollen)
  • characterise regulatory factors that operate pollen development
  • analyse protein-protein; DNA-protein interactions of these factors
  • identify transcriptome and epigenetic changes in a plant genome during pollen developmental stage

Offered Conditions

Selected candidates will receive a comprehensive training in modern techniques used in plant molecular biology.

Besides, studying at our Faculty is an opportunity to study and live in a modern and dynamic city and one of 10 best student cities.

In addition to the standard PhD scholarship at Masaryk University (CZK 12 000 per month), additional funds are provided through departmental resources (assignment in research projects, additional scholarships). An overall monthly income is typically around CZK 22 000. Additional support includes performance-based bonuses (scholarships for successfully published papers) as well as support for international mobility or attendance of conferences etc.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in natural sciences/life sciences (Plant Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, or Molecular Biology, Genomics, or a related field) is required at the time of enrolment to the PhD study program.
  • Prior training/experience in plant molecular biology, cell imaging, protein-protein or protein-DNA interactions, genomics, proteomics will be positively evaluated during the interview and selection process.
  • Good communication skills (oral and written) in English.
  • High level of commitment to complete the PhD studies.

How to Apply

Please send your curriculum vitae, cover letter with a concise summary of your previous research activities to: p.p.schrumpfova@email.cz

Application Deadline: 30. 1. 2021

Selection Process

Received applications will be continuously reviewed and carefully considered. Shortlisted applicants meeting the requirements will be invited to an interview.

Please note that your application does not substitute an official admission process to Ph.D. studies at SCI MUNI. Details including discussion about the research topic, required documentation or formalities will be a subject of the interview with successful candidates. Only upon the informal pre-agreement with potential future supervisor, a formal application for PhD studies at Faculty of Science, Masaryk University can be submitted.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!