Head Of Plant Sciences Core Facility

Masaryk University
May 28, 2024
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HEAD OF PLANT SCIENCES CORE FACILITY at Central European Institute of Technology of the Masaryk University (CEITEC MU), Brno, Czech Republic

CEITEC MU is an independent university institute that was established in 2011 at Masaryk University as part of the scientific center of Excellence CEITEC. This young and dynamic life science research center is committed to fulfilling its mission of improving quality of life and human health. CEITEC MU values its people and is proud of the state-of-the-art scientific equipment available in its modern core facilities. CEITEC MU significantly drives high- quality basic research results in the Czech Republic and competes well also in comparison with international centers. CEITEC MU provides a supportive and stimulating environment, with many opportunities to discuss and develop ideas, as well as a culture of open communication and equal opportunities. The institute is a proud holder of the HR Excellence in Research award.

About this position

CEITEC MU employs more than 500 people from over 35 countries, working on more than 150 ongoing projects and publishing more than 300 scientific publications per year. Our centre attracts top EU grants and has an annual budget of nearly 32 million euros and investments that exceed 6,6 million euros. Our researchers are pushing the boundaries of current knowledge in the areas of structural biology, molecular medicine, genomics and proteomics of plant systems, and neuroscience.

We are looking for an experienced researcher to join CEITEC as the head of the Plant Sciences Core Facility , which provides access to infrastructure for plant and algae cultivation, as well as for environmental simulation and phenotyping analyses.

You will become a valued member of our CEITEC scientific community and work as a technology-oriented scientist and team leader alongside 29 other research group leaders and 10 core facility heads.

Your role

You will:

  • head a team responsible for the operation of 14 walk-in growth chambers (phytotrons), small cultivation chambers, two greenhouses, and a phenotyping station. The whole laboratory is located in two buildings of the University Campus Bohunice.
  • pursue opportunities for funding research infrastructures at national and European levels to ensure the sustainability of the facility
  • plan the development of the facility according to the technological innovations in the field and the needs of the research community
  • together with the facility staff, implement new methods, and train and support users in their applications
  • recruit, lead, supervise, and mentor members of your core facility
  • work in collaboration with scientific partners to develop joint research projects
  • interact with the international scientific community via conferences and special events
  • The tasks are not limited to the above, and a flexible approach and ability to adapt to evolving situations in a dynamic organization is required.

    You have (necessary competencies)

  • advanced degree (PhD or equivalent) in life sciences (experience with plant science/phenotyping is advantageous)
  • good communication skills in Czech/Slovak and English languages; knowledge of other languages is an advantage
  • strategical thinking for planning the operation and development of the core facility
  • commitment to your own ongoing professional development and ability to supervise team members
  • strong organizational skills and leadership competencies
  • motivated and collaborative mindset
  • service-oriented approach
  • You might also have (desirable competencies)

  • the ability to take the lead in executing collaborative research projects in cooperation with colleagues and project partners and with relevant industry partners
  • the ability to communicate with the wider scientific community and with the general public about your areas of expertise and its societal value
  • Why to join us?

    We are the Czech Republic´s flagship basic research institute in life sciences. We are an international, progressive, and interdisciplinary research institute with access to unique, state-of-the-art equipment. Our modern building is located at the University Campus in Brno-Bohunice. Brno is a lively city surrounded by countryside and is a top destination for many educated expatriates working in the areas of science and technology. Brno is located in the heart of Europe, where Gregor Mendel once laid down the foundation of modern genetics.

    We value our employees and support them from their first day at CEITEC. We are an inclusive, equal opportunity employer and offer a highly collaborative, collegial, and family-friendly, international working environment with relocation assistance through our Welcome Office. We offer attractive salary conditions, medical insurance, and other benefits, such as six weeks of paid vacation, contribution to a pension scheme, flat-rate meal contribution, psychological counseling, sports lessons directly at the campus, multisport card, reduced prices for mobile operator tariffs, and special employee bank products.

    CEITEC MU is a proud holder of the European Commission's HR Excellence in Research award .

    What else you need to know

    Application Deadline: May 28, 2024

    Expected Start Date: July 1, 2024

    Applications including a CV, list of publications, description of skills and experience related to the advertised position, 2-page outlook of the future concept of the Core Facility including a vision of its position among Czech research infrastructures, and contacts for at least two referees should be sent via e-application below.

    Contact for informal inquiries about the position and CEITEC MU, or in the case of any difficulties filling out the e-application, please contact [email protected]

    For more information about the recruitment process, refer to CEITEC Recruitment Policy.

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