Posted: 29. 6. 2020

Postdoc in Soil Organic Matter Chemistry

Institute of Soil Biology

Laboratory of soil organic matter

Employment contract


R2, R3




1. 1. 2021

31. 7. 2020

Job description:

We are looking for an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher well-experienced in analytical chemistry who will be responsible for implementation and performation of state-of-the-art chemical analytical methods for quantification of compounds of plant (e.g. sugars, starches, lignin, phenols, and tannins) and microbial (e.g. chitin, ergosterol, and glomalin) origin. The researcher will participate on projects focusing on soil organic matter turnover, i.e. sequestration and decomposition in forest and agricultural soils in field as well as laboratory manipulation experiments. Characterization and quantification of compounds of plant and microbial origin which serve as gluing agents inside soil aggregates will bring insight into organic matter stabilization mechanisms which is currently a hot topic in environmental studies.



Chemistry and/or Biology



Other requirements:

• Max. seven years after obtaining a PhD degree at the start of the position on 1. 1. 2021
• Fluency in spoken and written English required; at least intermediate level, advanced preferred
• Advanced skills in analytical chemistry and experience with analytical instruments (UV/VIS spectrophotometer, GC, GC/MS, HPLC, ion chromatograph)
• Ability to work independently
• International experience (at least two years spent outside the Czech Republic within the last three years)


• 5 weeks of holiday
• Friendly international working environment
• Subsidized lunch
• Benefits from Social Fund
• Support of leisure time activities
• Health insurance
• Budget for conferences and workshops

Other comments:

The successful applicant will join the Laboratory of Soil Organic Matter led by Dr. Veronika Jílková at the Institute of Soil Biology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic). The Institute of Soil Biology is a diverse, international team (8 nationalities) studying soil zoology, microbiology and chemistry. The Laboratory of Soil Organic Matter is a new perspective team of young researchers successful in fundraising and with a good publication record maintaining modern instrumentation.

The BC CAS is a holder of the HR Excellence in Research Award. Our selection process is transparent, open, non-discriminating and fair. For more information about the recruitment of researchers policy at our institution, see www.bc.cas.cz/en/about-us/employment/.

The deadline for applications is July 31st 2020. Duration of the job contract is fixed (Jan 2021 – Dec 2022). Applicants from all countries are eligible. To apply, please send a CV including your publication record, contact details for three references, a copy of your Ph. D. diploma, and a cover letter stating qualifications, previous work and motivation via the Reply button below.