Workplace: Department of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic
Type of Contract: temporary position with 2-year contract until June 2026, non-academic
Working Hours: 1 FTE (full-time employment of 40 hours per week)
Expected Start Date: by agreement/negotiable with respect to immigration timelines for non EU candidates
Number of Open Positions: 4
Application Deadline: 31 01 2024
EU Researcher Profile: R2

About the Workplace
Masaryk University is modern, dynamic and the most attractive university in the Czech Republic with ten faculties, more than 6500 staff and 33 000 students, a wide range of research areas and a strong international position. We are the largest academic employer in the South Moravian Region.
Faculty of Science MU, a 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. We are the most productive scientific unit of Masaryk University, generating around 40 % of MU research results.
Department of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics: The High Energy Astrophysics and Galactic Nuclei research group in the Department of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, is focused on the hot and energetic Universe over multiple wavelengths and physical scales. The current research of the group includes studies of active galactic nuclei (AGN), AGN feedback, Galactic centre, black hole-star interaction, star-formation/stellar evolution in galactic nuclei, intra-cluster medium and its physics and chemical enrichment, as well as the use of nano- and small-satellites for monitoring the energetic transient sky. The group leads the science team of QUVIK, an approved Czech national UV space telescope mission and is involved in a number of nano-satellite projects. See hea.physics.muni.cz for more information.

Job Description
Key Duties:
The Galactic Nuclei and High-Energy Astrophysics research groups in the Department of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, invite applications for a number of postdoctoral fellows. The successful applicants will collaborate closely with the research groups of Michal Zajaček and Norbert Werner, are expected to carry out an independent research program and collaborate with the growing young, international team of researchers at Masaryk University. Candidates with experience in both computational and observational astronomy are encouraged to apply.

Skills and Qualifications
The applicant must have:

  • A PhD Degree in Astrophysics/Physics
  • Experience with independent research in the field of observational or computational astrophysics of galactic nuclei, galaxy clusters, or galaxy evolution
  • Good communication skills (oral and written) in English

Informal inquiries about the position can be sent to Michal Zajaček or Norbert Werner, email zajacek@physics.muni.cz and werner@physics.muni.cz.

We Offer

  • An interesting job in a dynamically-expanding university
  • Flexible working hours and occasional home office to support personal needs in family and career compatibility
  • Employee benefits such as 6 weeks of paid vacation per year, pension insurance contribution or nursery/children´s group allowance, lunches in canteens of MU, Multisport card, vaccinations free of charge, discounted language courses, exclusive mobile tariff offer by Vodafone, childcare groups at Campus and Komenského náměstí
  • Opportunity to work and live in a modern and dynamic city (for more information on costs of living, you can refer to Numbeo)
  • Welcome Office provides support with your relocation to Brno

Application Process
The application shall be submitted online by January 31, 2024 via an e-application, please find the reference to the e-application here: https://www.muni.cz/en/about-us/careers/vacancies/76925.

The candidate shall provide following:

  • CV
  • Brief statement of research interests
  • List of publications
  • Names and contact details of at least 2 references

After submitting your application successfully, you will receive an automatic confirmation email from jobs.muni.cz.

Received applications will be considered carefully in line with principles of the EU Charter and Code for Researchers.

Selection criteria: (i) meeting qualification requirements described above, (ii) all required documents provided.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a personal or online interview.
The Faculty Recruitment Policy (OTM-R) can be seen here.

Faculty of Science, Masaryk University is an equal opportunity employer. We support diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Visit our Career page.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!