Era Chair - Leading Researcher

Universities and Institutes of Czech
January 31, 2024
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13 Nov 2023

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Masaryk University - Faculty of Pharmacy


Faculty of Pharmacy

Research Field

Pharmacological sciences

Researcher Profile

Leading Researcher (R4)


Czech Republic

Application Deadline

31 Jan 2024 - 20:00 (Europe/Prague)

Type of Contract


Job Status


Hours Per Week


Offer Starting Date

1 Jan 2025

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?


Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

The Masaryk University in Brno Faculty of Pharmacy is seeking a candidate for a European Research Area (ERA) Chair position.

The goals of the project:

To solve the targeted delivery and transportation of active ingredients (drugs) into the target cell environment, MUNI Pharm will establish an interdisciplinary center of excellence (Center of Excellence in Advanced Pharmaceutical Technologies) focused on advanced technologies in modern advanced drug formulations. Creating an international ERA Chair team combining leading experienced researcher/innovator with younger scientists and PhD students will ensure a successful establishment of the center combining excellent research, high-level education, and top innovations.

To maximize the impact of the research center creation and its contribution towards the institutional and regional cooperation, strong interconnections between present academic workplaces (departments) of MUNI Pharm, workplaces of Masaryk University (Faculty of Science, RECETOX, Faculty of Medicine, and CEITEC), University hospitals Bohunice and Saint-Anne's, and FNUSA-ICRC (International Clinical Research Center) and the new center will be established. The future sustainability of the center will be ensured not only through applying for Horizon Europe, national agencies, and other sources of funding but also through the MUNI BioPharma Hub project funded through the Recovery and Resilience Plan (the Czech Republic, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS), allocated funds 2 billion CZK). MU will thus integrate the pharmaceutical and medical research into MUNI BioPharma Hub “under one roof,” and the ERA Chair holder will strongly contribute to the organization and running of that project.

The center of excellence under the ERA Chair leadership and its integration into the research space of MU will accelerate the translation of scientific results in nanotechnologies in cooperation with the Technology Transfer Office of the faculty or MU into practice. Furthermore, the R&D realized by the center will bring the connection to other academic workplaces in the region and the industrial sector.

We therefore seek a highly motivated and detail-oriented Researcher of the R4 category to conduct in-depth investigations, analyze data, and drive innovation in our field. Such as research will be invited in preparation for the project. If you have a passion for research and a desire to push the boundaries of knowledge, we want to hear from you.

The successful candidate should commit himself/herself to a full-time or part- time position as the ERA Chair holder for the entire grant period 2025-2030 (in case of positive project evaluation and funding). The ERA Chair holder will report to the dean of faculty and the scientific board of faculty.

Job description:

The ERA Chair holder should be an outstanding researcher experienced in research, human management and fundraising, whose profile matches a Leading Researcher (R4) profile set out in the European Framework for Research Careers.

The main responsibilities of the ERA Chair holder:

  • To define a research strategy to reach excellence in the area chosen for the ERA Chair.
  • To establish and lead a team of excellent professionals to implement the research strategy.
  • To successfully raise funding for implementing the research strategy.
  • To design and implement research methodologies and experiments.
  • To collect, organize, and analyze data using statistical software and tools.
  • To prepare research reports and present findings to internal teams and stakeholders.
  • To collaborate with cross-functional teams to drive project objectives.
  • To stay updated on industry trends, emerging technologies, and advancements in the field.
  • Requirements

    Research Field

    Pharmacological sciences

    Education Level

    PhD or equivalent


  • Doctoral degree in pharmacy, pharmaceutical technology, or related discipline.
  • Internationally recognized scientific expertise in nanotechnologies and advanced drug formulations.
  • To demonstrate critical judgement in the identification and execution of research activities.
  • To contribute substantially (breakthroughs) to the research field or span multiple areas.
  • To develop a strategic vision for the future of the research.
  • To recognize the broader implications and applications of the research.
  • To publish and present influential papers and books, serve on workshop and conference organizing committees and deliver invited talks.
  • Proven skills in research and people management to set and implement an ambitious research agenda.
  • Expertise in managing and leading research projects.
  • Proven record in securing significant research funding /budgets/resources.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Passion for continuous learning and problem-solving.
  • Skills at managing and developing others.
  • Excellent communicator and networker within and outside the research community.
  • Languages




    Research Field

    Pharmacological sciences
    Additional Information


  • A full-time employment contract for the entire life span of the project (until 2030) with a potential for continuation.
  • Internationally competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, an attractive remuneration package.
  • 8 weeks of annual vacation.
  • Employer pension contribution.
  • Support for relocation and settling for ERA Chair and family members in Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic.
  • Funding to establish a team of researchers based on the disposition of ERA Chair (typically 2 postdocs, 2 PhD students and 1 project manager).
  • Equipped office and laboratory space for the ERA Chair research team.
  • Substantial travel budget for conference attendance and networking.
  • Eligibility criteria

  • Doctoral degree in pharmacy, pharmaceutical technology, or related discipline.
  • Willingness to relocate to the Czech Republic
  • Fluent in English
  • Selection process

    Applicants are invited to submit the following documents:

  • A signed cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A brief research plan (1-2 pages), which includes his/her vision of working on the ERA Chair project.
  • Digital copies of up to 5 top-level research publications authored by the candidate that best represent his/her academic work.
  • Contact details of 2 referees who can be contacted for an opinion on the candidate.
  • Any additional information the candidate finds beneficial for the evaluation process.
  • All the above documents in electronic form should be sent to Karel Šmejkal, [email protected], for, at this stage, preliminary discussion. The candidate will get a confirmation e-mail of the application submission and feedback on the outcome of the evaluation or the result of the eligibility check. All applications submitted before the deadline will be evaluated and treated in full confidentiality. The application language is English.

    Additional comments

    Masaryk University is an equal opportunity employer.

    We are a holder of HR Excellence in Research. The Faculty of Pharmacy has herewith committed to implement fair and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures for researchers and support their professional development.

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