PhD position in low-temperature spectroscopy of 2D materials

We are looking for Ph.D. student to join the research team led by Dr. Matěj Velický at J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry in Prague:


Join our cutting-edge research team in Prague!

Do you have a passion for world-class hands-on research? Do you have a solid first degree in Physics, Chemistry, or Materials Science? We invite you to be a part of Dr. Matěj Velický's team, renowned for its groundbreaking work in spectroscopy and electrochemistry of two-dimensional (2D) materials.

At our institute, we explore the fascinating world of 2D materials, focusing on their tunability and van der Waals heterostructures through various external stimuli, including electric fields, strain, and illumination. You will have the opportunity to delve into the investigations of low-temperature spectroscopy of 2D material/metal heterostructures. These studies will elucidate the fundamental phenomena governing the physics of these systems.

Is this your dream position? You're a perfect fit if you are:
- driven to conduct world-class research
- a quick learner with a knack for generating independent ideas
- a collaborative team player with strong research integrity

We work closely with the leading 2D materials experts, Dr. Otakar Frank and Dr. Martin Kalbáč, based right here at our Institute. Our global collaborations extend to high-profile researchers in the USA, Germany, and the United Kingdom. You'll have access to state-of-the-art facilities and advanced techniques, such as tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy and UHV preparation/characterizaton tools.

Our institute is a leading research facility in the Czech Republic, upholding the legacy of Nobel Prize winner J. Heyrovský and holding the HR Excellence in Research Award. Located in the beautiful city of Prague, our Institute is nestled in a vibrant hub of education, science, and culture, offering excellent transport links, diverse culinary options, and beautiful outdoor areas.

For more information our about research, please visit 

Essential skills and qualifications: 

You will have master's degree in physics, chemistry, or materials science, and experience with at least one of the following:  Raman and/or other vis/IR spectroscopy, electrical transport measurements, or 2D materials research. The applicant will have to apply and be admitted to a full-time postgraduate study programme at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. 

Desirable criteria include experience with electrochemistry, atomic force microscopy, optical lithography. A publication in a peer-reviewed journal will be an advantage. 

Type of contract: Temporary

Job status: Full-time

- 25 days paid leave of absence (holidays) per year + 3 days of paid sick leave in addition  to the statutory insurance
- Flexible working time, the possibility of part-time work, work-life balance
- Lunch vouchers
- Subsidy for sports and cultural activities
- Recreation subsidy, recreation subsidy for children
- Possibility of attending children groups of the CAS
- Possibility to use discounts in recreation centers of the CAS
- Sports goods rental, free parking, trade union library
- Language courses
- Attractive location
- Health and social insurance paid mandatory by the institute 


How to apply:

To apply, please send your CV, motivation letter, and two references to

Please, write SC2024_15 in the subject line of your email.


Selection process

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Application deadline
18. 4. 2024