POSTDOC POSITION in the field of Isotope Analysis of Trace Organic Environmental Contaminants

Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX)Faculty of Science
28 Jan 2018
Start date
March 18

Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic invites excellent scientists to apply for a

POSTDOC POSITION in the field of Isotope Analysis

of Trace Organic Environmental Contaminants



The compound specific stable isotopic composition of organic environmental contaminants holds the potential to identify pollutant sources, understand global and local transportation processes and determine degradation pathways and kinetics. Traditional isotopic measurements are only practical for use on a small set of compounds and consequentially, current applications lack the sensitivity necessary to investigate environmental contaminants at ambient ‘trace’ concentrations. Building on previously conducted research, this study aims to evaluate the potential to conduct CSIA of other organic contaminants with the use of recently developed high resolution-accurate mass spectrometric techniques.

The Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX, focuses on interactions among chemicals, the environment and biological systems, including impact and risk assessments. Expertise of the centre allows for the investigation of interdisciplinary links between contamination and health, biodiversity or climate change. The RECETOX research infrastructure includes international sampling networks, epidemiological studies (ELSPAC cohort:, accredited trace laboratories as well as environmental information systems (GENASIS:,


The successful candidate should:

  • be a researcher who has received a PhD or its equivalent within the last 7 years
  • be a researcher who has worked at least two whole years in the last three outside the territory of the Czech Republic in the field of research with a working time of at least 0.5 full-time equivalent, or who has been PhD student (or equivalent) abroad
  • have a publishing record – in the last three years at least two publication outputs registered in the Thomson Reuters Web of Science, Scopus or ERIH PLUS databases and at the same time publications such as “articles”, “books”, “book chapters”, “letters” and “reviews”. The applicant must be the principal author of at least one publication (according to the subject specificity it may be as the first author, the corresponding/reprint author, or the role of the individual authors stated in the article).
  • have experience in the field of environmental and/or analytical chemistry (hands-on experience with gas chromatography, high resolution/accurate mass spectroscopy and compound specific stable isotopic composition analysis)
  • have technical skills and experience with the implementation of research and application projects
  • have excellent communication skills and an ability to collaborate with multidisciplinary teams

The application should include:

  • a CV including a summary of work experience, publication activity, involvement in research grants, etc.
  • a Cover Letter
  • contact information for at least three referees

MU offers the opportunity to get:

  • an interesting job in a dynamically-expanding university area
  • diverse and challenging work in an excellent research environment
  • possible tenure track with an initial appointment for two years
  • a professional team and a pleasant working environment
  • interaction with leading scientists in an inspiring, internationalised environment
  • a Welcome Service for the successful candidate and his/her family

Anticipated start date: The position is available from March 2018.


The submission date is 28 January 2018


Please submit your application (or informal enquiries) by e-mail to


A review of applications will commence immediately after the deadline. Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview within one month of the deadline.


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