A 4-year Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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 extensive prospective cohort studies (CELSPAC, HAPIEE) in the Czech Republic using multivariable regression techniques.

The selected Ph.D. students will join a newly established ERA Chair Team (https://www.recetox.muni.cz/erachair) supported by 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 in epidemiology, public health, preventive medicine or equivalent discipline;
  • A solid quantitative background in the respective field;
  • Solid knowledge of statistical methods (evidenced by completed statistical courses or modules of MSc);
  • Ability to comfortably work with numbers and statistics (this will be assessed by an online test);
  • Interest in the health of populations
  • Good numeracy and computer literacy;
  • Good communication skills and proficiency in English.

Candidates who do not match the profile mentioned above will not be included in the selection process and will not be contacted.


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.



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 Barbora Chlubná, hr-rcx@recetox.muni.cz

The deadline for applications is on 31 October 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.

Applications, which are not submitted in English, Czech, or Slovak, will not be included in the selection process.

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.


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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.

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