Postdoctoral Researcher / Junior Scientist

Research Position | Published on 04.04.2024 | CEITEC MU

Postdoctoral Researcher / Junior Scientist

Job field: Science and research, molecular biology and medicine

Postdoctoral position to study RNA modifications and search for RNA-based technological applications

Central European Institute of Technology of Masaryk University (CEITEC MU)

Brno, Czech Republic |

About the position:

Applications are invited for a 3-5 year junior research position in the research group of Prof. Štěpánka Vaňáčová, Ph.D. to join the RNA4T project - RNA for Therapy, reg. number CZ.02.01.01/00/22_008/0004575, ” in Programme Johannes Amos Comenius (Czech Republic - The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, co-funded by the European Union.

We are an international team studying the mechanisms of posttranscriptional RNA processing and modifications (PTM) in cellular homeostasis. You will join our efforts to uncover the role of PTMs in cellular division, transformation and in developing new RNA-based tools. Specific focus will be on T-lymphocyte biology and selected tumors. RNA4T is a collaborative project with the Weizmann Institute, Israel; the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, EU; the University of Edinburgh, UK, and other relevant partners.

The researcher will have the opportunity to use a wide range of techniques (CRISPR-based genome editing and/or RNA targeting, high-throughput screens, protein-protein and nucleic acid-protein interaction methods, small compound screens, ribosome profiling, structural analyses, etc., and have access to state-of-the-art core facilities located on the campus (genomic, transcriptomics, bioinformatics, imaging, live-cell imaging, biophysical interactions, CryoEM facility, etc.).


  • Ph.D. degree
  • Strong expertise in at least one of the following specializations: molecular biology/biochemistry/organic chemistry/bioinformatics
  • Experience in RNA/DNA manipulations, human cell culture, protein isolation and characterization, or high-throughput studies such as transcriptomics, proteomics or nucleic acid-protein interactions is highly welcome
  • We also welcome applications from bioinformatics experts with strong background in statistics
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English
  • Creative practical lab experience
  • Independence, accountability, and reliability
  • Good communication and organizational skills
  • Research/study history outside the Czech Republic for at least 2 years in the past 5 years is highly preferred

We are offering:

  • Young, enthusiastic, and progressive scientific team of biologists and biochemists
  • An attractive salary and benefits package: 6 weeks of paid holiday, medical insurance, financial contribution to meal and kindergarten/pension scheme
  • State-of-the-art instrumentation and facilities
  • Background of a recognized and successful institution with a supportive and international working environment
  • Environment promoting interdisciplinarity in research
  • Support for further education and professional development
  • Welcome Office service before arrival
  • Grant Office service and support
  • Postdoc Committee Association
  • CEITEC events – seminars, workshops, conferences, lectures, training, family gathering

Additional information:

Start date: initial start date is May 1st 2024 or upon agreement

Job type: full–time

Duration: initial full-time fixed-term contract for one year, with the possibility of extension up to five years

Application deadline: April 15th or until the position is filled

Applications, including a CV, a brief motivation letter, and contacts for at least two references, should be sent directly to:

Suitable candidates will be contacted to arrange an interview. Please note that if you are not contacted within 5 weeks, we have given preference to candidates who more closely meet the criteria. Thank you for your understanding.

CEITEC MU is a proud holder of the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award. We were the first research institution in the Czech Republic that secured one of the top places in the Company of the Year: Equal Opportunities 2020 competition.

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Start date: May 1st 2024 or upon agreement
Opened Until: 30.6.2024

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