Workplace: Laboratory of Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Supervisor: Jakub Švenda, Ph.D.
Type of Cooperation: Ph.D. fellowship (more information on Ph.D. study programs at the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University here)
Application Deadline: March 30, 2024
Possible Start Date: exact start date will be negotiated.

About the Workplace
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. The Faculty is located in Brno, a modern and dynamic city and one of 10 best student cities.

The Chemistry Ph.D. program at Masaryk University offers specialized chemistry courses and ample opportunities to participate in basic or applied research. The Laboratory of Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry is located within the Department of Chemistry at Masaryk University. The newly built labs feature modern infrastructure required for competitive research. The laboratory is involved in numerous collaborations with top biologists and innovative pharma companies and is part of the International Clinical Research Centre (ICRC), see: www.fnusa-icrc.org/en/.

Description of the Position
We are offering two Ph.D. fellowships in chemistry at the Department of Chemistry at Masaryk University. The candidates will join the Laboratory of Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry, which is devoted to fundamental studies in synthetic/medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. Examples of the recently studied problems in our lab include (1) synthetic antibiotics inspired by the bactobolin class of natural products, (2) chemical, photochemical, and chemical biology investigations of bilirubin, (3) highly selective small-molecule inhibitors of kinases, and (4) innovative methods for stereoselective construction of concatenated molecular scaffolds. For more details, see: https://orgsyn.sci.muni.cz/research or contact Jakub Svenda: svenda@chemi.muni.cz.
Both Ph.D. fellowships are fully funded through a combination of EU-based and national research grants to ensure financial support throughout the studies. Selected candidates will receive excellent research training in organic chemistry, broaden their education through graduate-level courses, and participate at conferences and in interdisciplinary projects with opportunities for short-term research stays outside Masaryk University. The gained expertise will allow the Ph.D. candidates to be highly competitive in their next career steps (see the list of alumni from our lab: https://orgsyn.sci.muni.cz/people).

We Offer

  • Comprehensive training in organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry.
  • Graduate-level courses in chemical reactivity, synthesis, structure elucidation, medicinal chemistry, and chemical biology.
  • Excellent research equipment including several NMR instruments.
  • Stable financial support throughout the Ph.D. studies.
  • Financial awards for outstanding publications and performance-based bonuses.
  • Support for international mobility and attendance at conferences.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • A M. Sc. degree in chemistry is required.
  • Familiarity with basic laboratory techniques and experimental organic chemistry.
  • Prior training in chemical synthesis or chemical biology will be evaluated positively during the interview.
  • Highly motivated students dedicated to completing their Ph.D. studies.
  • Very good communication skills (oral and written) in English.

How to Apply

Please send your curriculum vitae and a cover letter with a concise summary of your previous research activities to: svenda@chemi.muni.cz.

Selection Process
All received applications will be carefully considered. Shortlisted applicants meeting the requirements will be invited to an online or in-person 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 the subject of the interview with successful candidates. Only upon the informal pre-agreement with the potential future supervisor, a formal application for Ph.D. studies at the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University can be submitted.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!