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Posted: 5. 3. 2021

Head of Zooplankton Ecology Lab

Institute of Hydrobiology

Employment contract





up to cca 2000€

10. 5. 2021

Job description:

The successful candidate should have the PhD or higher university degree and should be able to lead zooplankton research of IHB BC CAS. The portfolio includes continuing long term ecological monitoring of Římov Reservoir as well as pursuing own research aimed at zooplankton ecology and interactions with neighboring trophic levels in reservoirs and lakes (food-web interactions with fish populations and within whole zoo- and phytoplankton communities, evolution of interactions etc.).

Institute of Hydrobiology owns multiple decades of detailed quantitative limnological data from nutrients to fish for a number of reservoirs and lakes. The successful candidate will work in an experienced and dynamic team of aquatic ecologists and is encouraged to establish new research directions and attract third-party funded projects to foster her/his own research career. Creating a research group aimed on zooplankton ecology and interdisciplinary cooperation with research groups at the universities and other research institutions will be strongly supported.

The starting date of the position is negotiable.

Target start date is fall 2021 (negotiable). Initial appointment will be for 24 months, with an extension for up to 5 more years based on initial performance. We offer a highly competitive salary in local standards (up to ca. 2000 EUR monthly with additional performance bonuses for every published paper and supervised project) commensurate with the applicant’s experience and skills. Successful applicant will be encouraged to develop his/her own research agenda compatible with the mission of the Institute.



Ecology, Limnology, Environmental Modelling, Oceanography or similar



Other requirements:

- PhD or higher degree in ecology, limnology, environmental modelling, oceanography or similar
- Post-doctoral experience with ecological research
- Proven ability to pursue scientifically demanding questions, high motivation and a vision for creative research
- Prior knowledge in data treatment and analyses of large and complex datasets, multispecies size-spectra, or size-/stage-structured modelling tools is highly desired
- Excellent written and spoken English
- Promising publication record commensurate with the career stage
- Good knowledge of aquatic ecosystem processes and past work in multidisciplinary environment will be preferred


- 1 extra week of holiday, i.e. 5 weeks of paid holiday per year in total
- Subsidized lunches in our own canteen
- Benefits from Social fund
- Working in a stable, prestigious research institution of international importance
- Friendly international working environment
- Support of leisure time activities
- Free language classes – Czech for foreigners, English for Czechs (the capacity is limited)
- Opportunity to take part in mentoring programmes as a mentor or a mentee
- Concessionary mobile tariff at contractual operator
- Concessionary banking services at contractual bank

Other comments:

The Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences 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 OTM-R

More info for candidates

Applicants should send the following documents via the "REPLY" button below by 10 May 2021.

1) Cover letter outlining main research interests
2) CV including full publication list
3) Copy of PhD diploma
4) Copies of 2–3 relevant publications
5) Contact details for 3 references.

Preliminary enquiries are welcome. Please send them to prof. Jan Kubečka (kubecka@hbu.cas.cz)

Ceske Budejovice is a medium-sized town ca. 150 km south of Prague with 100,000 inhabitants, a relaxed
atmosphere, and a growing expat community at the Biology Centre and the University. Both the town and the
surrounding countryside provide numerous opportunities for research and leisure activities.
Living costs are low by international standards. Foreign applicants will receive support in transferring to the
Czech Republic. The Institute can also help secure non-commercial accommodation at the campus shared by
the Biology Centre and the University. Czech courses are available for foreign staff and students to reach a
basic level of proficiency in everyday situations. Position includes standard health and social security benefits,
support for boarding, leisure and holiday activities, coverage of required travel and SW/HW, and help with
moving family members.