Posted: 22. 7. 2020

Postdoctoral research position in microbial ecology

Research Infrastructure SoWa

Employment contract


R2, R3



1. 1. 2021

31. 8. 2020

Job description:

We are looking for an enthusiastic and independent postdoctoral researcher with a background in microbial ecology and cultivation to work on a novel and interdisciplinary project that will explore the link between actinobacteria and soil arthropods through volatile compounds. Work will involve genetic and chemical screening of pre-existing cultures in our culture collection, cultivation of novel actinobacteria strains and testing the response of soil arthropods through manipulation experiments.





Other requirements:

• Maximum seven years after obtaining a PhD degree at the start of the position on 1. 1. 2021
• Fluency in spoken and written English
• Advanced skills in microbiology, microbial genetics or microbial ecology
• Experience in working with soil arthropods and/or volatiles is an advantage
• Ability to work independently
• International experience (at least two years spent outside the Czech Republic within the past three years)


• 5 weeks of holiday per year
• Friendly international working environment
• Subsidised lunch canteen
• Benefits from a social fund
• Support of leisure time activities
• Health insurance
• Dedicated funds for conference and workshops attendance and for open-access publications

Additional information:

Other comments:

The position is offered under the mobility project MEMOVA of the Czech Academy of Sciences. The successful applicant will join the Laboratory of Anaerobic and Molecular Microbiology led by Dr Roey Angel at the Soil and Water Research Infrastructure, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic). SoWa RI is a newly established part of the Biology Centre, whose research predominantly addresses ecological topics. The research involves collaboration across disciplines, the use of diverse methodological approaches (molecular biology, stable isotopes, field ecology, mathematical modelling, etc.), and a combination of analytical and holistic approaches to problem-solving. Core facilities with shared equipment support all of the Centre’s scientific institutes.

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 researchers recruitment policy at our institution, see www.bc.cas.cz/en/about-us/employment/.

The deadline for applications is August 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 PhD diploma, and a cover letter stating qualifications, previous work and motivation via the Reply button below.