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CEITEC is a scientific centre in the fields of life sciences, advanced materials and technologies whose aim is to establish itself as a recognized centre for basic as well as applied research. CEITEC offers a state-of-the-art infrastructure and great conditions to employ excellent researchers.

Our institute values diversity and promotes an inclusive working environment with the aim to support the best scientists. CEITEC MU is a proud holder of the HR Excellence in Research Award by the European Commission (http://muni.ceitec.cz/en/hr-strategy-hrs4r/).

A PhD position in Computational Chemistry is available in the group of Radek Marek (webofscience.com/wos/author/record/D-6929-2012) at the Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC), Brno, Czechia. The project focuses on developing field of paramagnetic NMR spectroscopy of heavy-element compounds (metallodrugs, molecular materials). To address questions related to the paramagnetic effects in NMR spectroscopy (electronic state, chemical bonding, effects of relativity) we use mainly advanced methods of density-functional theory at the relativistic two- and four-component levels. The DFT calculations are benchmarked with in-house experimental NMR data and interpreted using analytical tools based on canonical or localized MOs. In the frame of this fellowship, complementary non-DFT approaches and effects of environment and dynamics on the pNMR characteristics will also be explored. The fellowship requires admission to the PhD program at the Faculty of Science. The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

Project-related references

B. J. R. Cuyacot, R. Marek et al. Chem. Eur. J. 2022, 28, e202200277. DOI: 10.1002/chem.202200277
J. Novotny, R. Marek et al. Inorg. Chem. 2021, 60, 9368. DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.1c00204
J. Vicha, R. Marek et al. Chem. Rev. 2020, 120, 7065. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.9b00785
P. Bora, R. Marek et al. J. Chem. Theory. Comput. 2019, 15, 201. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.8b00914
J. Novotny, R. Marek et al. Inorg. Chem. 2018, 57, 641. DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b02440
J. Novotny, R. Marek et al. J. Chem. Theory Comput. 2017, 13, 3586. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.7b00444
J. Novotny, R. Marek et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 8432. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b02749

Research will be conducted at CEITEC located in the life science campus of Masaryk University (Brno, Bohunice, https://www.ceitec.eu/).

Prospective candidates should fulfil the following criteria

  • Master degree (or be close to its completion) in chemistry or physics – computational, theoretical, physical chemistry or chemical physics
  • Documented training in computational chemistry is required
  • Interest in chemical structure, spectroscopy, and NMR
  • Good English language – spoken and written
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to collaborative visits abroad
  • Motivated person with collaborative mind set

Desirable but not required

  • Good knowledge of DFT & NMR spectroscopy
  • Willingness to engage in the life of academic community

What we offer?

  • Interesting position in a dynamically expanding research institute
  • Background of a recognized and successful institution with supportive and international working environment
  • Environment promoting interdisciplinarity and intersectorality of research
  • In house core facilities
  • Support in learning and development
  • Support of administrative departments (including grant office service)
  • Support with the relocation process (welcome office service)
  • Brno’s friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

Anticipated start date: as soon as possible or upon agreement

Application must include

  • Cover Letter – statement of motivation, research interests, and complementarity between the applicant and the hosting research group
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, and academic work – scientific publications)
  • Copies of the original Bachelor and Master degree diploma, transcripts of records
  • English language certificate
  • Letters of recommendation

The application should be sent by e-mail to radek.marek[at]ceitec.muni.cz. The application deadline is March 31, 2023. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview by the Recruitment Committee.

Information about Brno, Czech Republic

  • The capital of South Moravian Region and the second largest city in the Czechia with a population of almost 400,000 people
  • Modern, dynamic and fast-growing center of industry, trade, science, research and innovation with business incubators and centers of excellence in science
  • A city of universities with more than 86,000 students
  • More than 10,000 researchers; 2,200 IF publications/year; 600+ PhD graduates/year
  • 500 mil. EUR of R&D investment per year, more than 350 companies with in-house R&D
  • City of Gregor Mendel, the founder of genetics; the prestigious Mendel Lectures series takes place in Brno since 2003 (lectures of the world ´s top scientists, including Nobel Prize winners)
  • Quality of life index in 2016

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