Postdoctoral Researcher: Bioinformatic analyses of microbial ecological data: Czech Republic

We are looking for postdoc/junior researcher to join our team at the Laboratory of Microbial Ecology, University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, CZ.

Main objectives and role of postdoc:

Our goal is to understand: (i) microbial ecology of selected extreme habitats, including thermal or radon water springs or mofettas; (ii) the specific links between secondary plant metabolites, including lignin and its degradative intermediates, and the biodegradative and growth-promoting potential of microbial communities.

Responsibilities of the post-doctoral fellow will include the analysis of high-throughput sequencing data for the sake of taxonomic and (meta)genomic analyses, including the application of established bioinformatic protocols, as well as the development of novel bioinformatics tools and pipelines.

Planned activities:

  • Analysis of high-throughput sequence date from a range of sequencing technologies – Illumina, Nanopore
  • Assembly and annotation of whole genomes
  • Binning of MAGs from metagenomic and metagenomic-SIP data
  • Functional analysis of whole genomes, MAGs, metagenomes and DNA-SIP metagenomes
  • Multivariate statistical analyses
  • Preparation of publications
  • Presentation of results at lab seminars and conferences

Specific requirements:

  • PhD in Microbial Ecology, Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics or related disciplines
  • Experience in metagenomic data analysis, taxonomic marker analyses
  • Publications in the field of microbial ecology and/or bioinformatics
  • Proficiency with Linux system and shell scripting
  • Demonstrated ability to use a range of established bioinformatics tools as well as the development of novel pipelines
  • Knowledge of multivariate statistical analyses
  • Ability to process and visualize data in R/Python environment
  • Familiarity with microbial metabolic pathways and phylogeny
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a diverse and fast-paced team

Who can apply?

We are looking for postdoc/junior researchers from around the world who:

  • are max. 7 years after receiving PhD diploma in relevant field
  • were employed outside the Czech Republic for at least 2 years in the last 3 years
  • published at least 2 publications in the last 3 years
  • are interested in one of the 8 key research areas in chemistry (see below)
  • can start the 20-month fellowship on 1 September or 1 October 2020

What do we offer?

  • 20-month fellowship at UCT Prague, supported by EU funds
  • full-time contract
  • monthly salary of 2800 EUR + consumables
  • support of excellent mentor & integration in the research team
  • employee benefits (6 weeks of vacation, catering allowance, language courses, institutional childcare)
  • possibility to apply for own research projects and establish an independent research group
  • international creative environment
  • enjoyable city life in a tolerant and secure country with rich cultural and natural heritage
  • excellent transport connection with the whole world

Selection criteria

  • research excellence (publications, citations, projects, etc.)
  • clear vision and research objectives
  • know-how, international experience, skills, laboratory techniques
  • motivation, creativity, activity, flexibility, independence, responsibility
  • excellent knowledge of written and spoken English (level B2 or higher)
  • organisational, communication and presentation skills
  • ability and willingness to publish results in reviewed highly impacted journals
  • ability and willingness to prepare and submit a research project during the mobility

How to apply?

  • select one key research area in chemistry (see the list)
  • download and fill in APPLICATION FORM
  • submit your application via e-mail to with “ChemJets2 application” in subject by Tuesday 14 April 2020 23:59 Brussels time
  • be ready for an individual skype interview with mentor between Mon-Thu 27-30 April 2020
  • final results of the selection process will be announced to all applicants in mid-May 2020



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