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Seeking Candidates for J. HeyrovskĂ˝ Chair - Head of Department of Nanocatalysis (deadline for application -15th June 2018)


The J. HeyrovskĂ˝ Institute of Physical Chemistry of Czech Academy of Sciences, one of the leading Czech academic research establishments, invites applications from outstanding internationally recognized scientists and skilled research managers for a position of

J. HeyrovskĂ˝ Chair - Head of Department of Nanocatalysis

(ERA H2020-WIDESPREAD-03-2017-ERAChairs)


The successful candidate will be expected to establish a new department within the structure of the Institute, set an independent research program, taking advantage of current achievements of the J. HeyrovskĂ˝ Institute in catalysis and nanoscience and to establish cooperation and initiate joint projects within ERA academic and business sector. The position is an integral part of the prestigious ERA Chair Project awarded to the Institute to increase its research excellence and will allow the candidate to take a leadership role in a new research field.


Essential requirements:

- an excellent scientist with strong academic background in nanocatalysis, demonstrated by a publication record in the highest international  quality journals

- managerial skills

- proven experience in leading research teams in academia or industry (at least 5 years' experience as a principal investigator on research  projects)

- a track record of funding by international research grants

- PhD or equivalent degree in chemistry or physics

- written and oral communication skills in English

- communication and presentation skills



- international reputation based on research excellence

- professorial title, habilitation or similar qualification

- experience with Ph.D supervision

- knowledge in the areas of cluster chemistry at the nanoscale and/or electrocatalysis

- experience with X-ray, mass spectrometry and other analytical methods in nanocatalysis


The successful candidate will be given:

- a long term contract (5 years supported by the ERA Chair grant)

- attractive salary (€ 5000 monthly and performance based bonus)

- Head of Department position with an opportunity to create a new nanocatalysis department, steering role in recruiting the researchers for the department

- lab. space of 80 m2, up to 5 scientific positions in his/her department and an appropriate start-up budget.


Expected appointment date: 1. October 2018 - 1. December 2018


Applications should include

- Curriculum Vitae including awards, research projects led during the last 10 years and other accomplishments such as memberships in conference organizing committees and invited talks

- publication and patent list

- recommendation letters

- motivation letter outlining the vision for the new department and potential collaborations with already existing departments at the J. HeyrovskĂ˝ Institute



Applications should be sent both electronically and as a hard copy in an envelope marked "ERA Chair" to


Address: J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry of the CAS, v. v. i., Dolejškova 2155/3,

182 23 Prague 8, Czech Republic

Applications will be considered if they are received by 15th June 2018 24:00 CET time at the latest.




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