Postdoctoral Programme

Postdoctoral researchers at CEITEC are highly valued employees who contribute the overall success of the institution. A postdoctoral trainee, also called POSTDOC, participates in research carried out by the research team and is responsible for specific assigned project. Postdoc is appointed for the purpose of training to develop the ability to reason in a scientific manner, formulate hypotheses independently, and to perform independent research. It is an excellent opportunity to fully develop the skills acquired throughout PhD studies. The postdoc experience at CEITEC will allow you to become familiar with practical aspects of research, to learn how to design and plan experiments within an international team, and last but not least to collaborate with our regional and international partners from academia, as well as industry. Postdoctoral trainees are expected to publish the results of their research, to mentor junior researchers, and if they wish, they can participate in teaching activities. Postdocs at CEITEC are appointed for a period of three years, with a possibility of extension, typically, for additional three years.

 

Why to be a postdoc at CEITEC?

Choosing the right destination for your postdoctoral research might be very tricky. Every postdoc is looking for a position that is exciting and fits his/her scientific background and carer goals in an environment that is supportive and fits one’s lifestyle. At CEITEC we are proud to say that all of our researchers praise our state of the art infrastructure and equipment. Researchers are grateful for sufficient freedom of research at CEITEC and that they receive great deal of administrative support such as grant writing support provided by our very successful and experienced grant office, welcome service assistance for foreign researchers, training and career development opportunities and science project management support. Last but not least CEITEC is known for its broad portfolio of scientific lectures by international speakers, excellent network of international collaborators and various types of social events.

CEITEC is located in the city of Brno. Brno is a vibrant city with multiple universities and about one fifth of its population comprises of university students. Brno has the highest concentration of expatriates from the whole Czech Republic and it is easy to get along without the knowledge of the local language. Brno ranks as the number one city for expat support according to Financial Times. Cost of living in the Czech Republic is among the lowest in the EU and Czech Republic is considered the sixth safest country according to the whitepaper on the future of Europe. Brno became currently famous for its vibrant bar and coffee culture. Brno is an excellent destination for families and singles alike. You will never be bored here!

 

Postdoc Peer Committee

CEITEC MU has recently established the Postdoc Peer Committee. The goal of the Postdoc Peer Committee is to hear the voice of CEITEC MU postdocs, to understand their needs and jointly seek for solutions to problems that we can solve. Postdocs are drawn to grass-roots activism to create better working conditions for themselves and their peers. In doing so, they can pick up and polish skills such as negotiation, time management, communication and leadership that aid their own career development. The Postdoc Peer Committee identifies institutional strengths and weaknesses, suggest and jointly with the administration implements solutions that fit the postdoc needs. The committee can suggest which soft and transferable skills courses will be offered to postdocs at CEITEC MU, which scientific and social events for postdocs will take place, so that the no one feels isolated and interdisciplinary collaborations can flourish. 

PPC Members:

Michael Christopher Owen, Ph.D. M.Sc.

Chair of the PPC

Would you like to find out more about mission and activities of the PPC? Would you like to become a new member of the PPC and help us to drive positive change? Contact Michael and he will tell you more!

Email: michael.owen@ceitec.muni.cz

 

Jaclyn Elizabeth Quin, PhD

Co-Chair of the PPC - Welcome Buddy

Are you a new postdoc at CEITEC MU and you would like to make new friends outside of your research group? Contact Jackie and she will introduce you to other CEITEC postdocs.

Email: jaclyn.quin@ceitec.muni.cz

 

Tina Catela Ivković, PhD

Co-Chair of the PPC - Peer Counsellor

Are you dealing with a difficult work related or private issue and don´t know what to do? Contact Tina and she will listen to your troubles and help you to find a solution.

Email: tina.ivkovic@ceitec.muni.cz

 

Hana Křivdová, Ph.D.

Training Manager 

Do you need help with your professional development or training? Contact Hana and she will help you to select the right portfolio of courses and support you to move your scientific career to the next level. 

Email: hana.krivdova@ceitec.muni.cz

 

Nikola Kostlánová, Ph.D.

Ombudsperson for Postdocs / Scientific Secretary

Do you have any complaints related to unfair treatment or others? The Ombudsperson for Postdocs can facilitate some disputes through discussion or mediation. Please do not hesitate to contact Nikola at nikola.kostlanova@ceitec.muni.cz or call her +420 54949 3719 or reach her in her office A35/1S016, Kamenice 753/5, Brno.