How does the selection procedure work?

Advertising and application letters

How is advertising organised?

Scientific positions are always advertised at the Euraxess portal and on our website. Advertisements may be posted on other portals such as the web of the Academy of Sciences, Vesmír, Jobs, and other portals.

What information can you find in the ad?

In the advertisement, you will find basic information (name of the Institute, contact, name of the job position, working hours, when will the job start, application deadline, type of contract), requirements for the candidate (R1-R4 researcher profile, education, professional and language skills, etc.) and additional information (benefits, links to official recruitment documents, etc.).

In order to simplify the work of our scientists and to consolidate the appearance of advertisements, we have prepared a unified form for advertising a scientific position.

How long are the ads active?

The selection procedure is publicly announced for at least three weeks, according to the Statutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Where can you send your CV and cover letter?

Send your structured CV together with a cover letter to and state the number of the advertisement so that we can identify the position you are interested in.

Make a great first impression with your CV and cover letter: Your CV should be concise. Focus on style, the overall appearance and avoid spelling and grammar errors. You have to provide only true information. In the cover letter, explain why you are interested in the job position offered and highlight your professional and personal prerequisites for this position.

Selection procedure

How do you learn what is next?

You will be informed about the selection procedure without undue delay. We make efforts to inform all candidates about their progress to the next round within 30 days.

How does the selection procedure work?

The Selection Committee appointed by the director of the Institute is responsible for the course of the selection procedure. The Selection Committee consists of at least three members and includes the scientist in whose team you apply for a job position. This research team leader is usually appointed by the director as a full member of this board. The board is gender-balanced and usually includes a human resources officer.

Each CV, cover letter, references and other submitted documents are compared with an advertisement in which all the requirements for the advertised position are listed.

The selection procedure consists of several steps and takes place in one or more rounds.

Pre-screening: The secretary of science checks the factual content of the submitted documents and rejects the applications of candidates who do not meet the required criteria for the position offered. Suitable candidates are registered in the Competition Record, which is handed over to the members of the Selection Committee (see next step).

Shortlisting: The research team leader proposes a list of suitable candidates for advancing to the next round. The members of the Selection Committee will receive this list on the Competition Report along with the documents of all other applicants who have passed the pre-screening. They will confirm by their per rollam approval this list of those who will proceed to the second round for interview or directly to the final selection (after the interview in the case of single round recruitment). Candidates who did not advance to the next round are informed via email without undue delay.

Interview: The Selection Committee selects the candidates that might be invited to the interview from the shortlist. We always prefer interview in person, but it is also possible to use a video call (Skype, Zoom or other applications) or a telephone conversation. During the interview, the offered job position, working conditions and benefits are discussed in detail. The introduction of the candidate follows. The candidate briefly summarises their work experience. The last section of the interview are questions, the number and nature of which depend on the interview course. The candidate is informed about the date of the result of the selection procedure.

In the case of recruitment and selection of a researcher for the R4 position, a recommendation by an independent, recognised foreign expert is always required. If such a candidate is shortlisted, they will be invited for an interview in person at the expense of our institution. In addition, a public lecture on their scientific work will be organised.

The Selection Committee shall draw up a record of each selection procedure (Competition Record), which it shall approve per rollam. In this record, the chairman of the committee shall give reasons for the selection of the most suitable candidate. The Competition Record shall be signed by the director of the Institute.

Candidates will be informed of the result of the second round without undue delay. The selection procedure results are always stored at the end of the selection process in the office of the Secretary for Science and kept in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016.


You have been selected as the most suitable candidate. What will happen next?

In case you have been selected as the most suitable candidate, we will send you an email with information on the gross salary, your qualification level, when do you start, working conditions and duration of the employment relationship. You will be given a reasonable time to consider the offer. If you confirm your interest in the offered position, the human resources department will send you the documents needed to start employment.