Postdoc - Feedbacks between Biodiversity and Climate

Pozice je nabízena pouze v angličtině

Ústav botaniky a zoologie Přírodovědecká fakulta
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1. 3. 2021
1 July 2021
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Bursar of the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University announces an open competition for the position


Postdoc - Feedbacks between Biodiversity and Climate


Workplace: Department of Botany and Zoology, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Type of Contract: temporary position with 2-year contract, non-academic

Working Hours: 1,0 FTE (full-time employment of 40 hours per week)

Expected Start Date: 1 July 2021

Number of Open Positions: 1                                                            

Application Deadline: 1 March 2021                                                         



About the Workplace

Masaryk University is the second-largest university in the Czech Republic with nine faculties, more than 5000 staff, and more than 30 000 students. As a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing, our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education.

Faculty of Science MU, a proud holder of the HR Excellence in Research Award by the European Commission, is a research-oriented faculty, offering university education (Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degree programs) closely linked to both primary and applied research and high school teaching of the following sciences: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Earth sciences. We are the most productive scientific unit of the Masaryk University, generating around 40% of MU research results.

Department of Botany and Zoology is a modern centre of research and teaching in the fields of evolutionary biology, biosystematics and ecology. Its individual research groups study phylogenetic relationships and the classification of organisms, their diversity from the local to the continental level, and the ecological relationships of individual species, populations and communities in relation to both natural and human-induced changes in entire ecosystems.


Job Description

Key Duties

  • Statistical analyses of large databases of European vegetation plots
  • Linking vegetation-plot data with plant traits and plant ecological characteristics
  • Modelling vegetation diversity across Europe
  • Close cooperation with other FeedBaCk team members at Masaryk University
  • Cooperation with international partners within FeedBaCks and European Vegetation Archive
  • Writing scientific publications for international journals
  • Presentations at international conferences


Skills and Qualifications

  • PhD in plant ecology, landscape ecology, botany, biogeography or related fields relevant to biodiversity research (finished not more than eight years ago)
  • Experience in vegetation analyses, GIS and statistical modelling
  • Experience with European flora or vegetation (in any region of Europe)
  • International experience (PhD from other institution than Masaryk University or a previous work contract for at least two years outside the Czech Republic for an MU graduate)
  • Fluency in spoken and written English demonstrated by previous international publications and conference presentations or internships
  • Good communication skills, motivation for teamwork
  • Flexible and independent way of organizing work with a clear focus on science


Informal inquiries about the position can be sent to Milan Chytrý, email



We Offer

  • Work in the Vegetation Science Group with Professor Milan Chytrý and colleagues on the Biodiversa-funded international project FeedBaCks. This project is led by the Swiss Federal Research Institute (WSL) that aims at understanding the feedback of biodiversity on climate and nature’s contributions to people. The aim of the workpackage led by the Brno team is modelling diversity patterns of plant functional groups across Europe based on the vegetation-plot data from the European Vegetation Archive (EVA) and relating them to climatic models.
  • Flexible working hours and occasional home office to support personal needs in family and career compatibility
  • Employee benefits such as six weeks of paid vacation per year, pension insurance contribution, contribution to lunches in canteens of MU or meal vouchers, discounted language courses, discount in the university cinema, exclusive mobile tariff offer by Vodafone
  • Opportunity to work and live in a modern and dynamic city

(for more information on costs of living, you can refer to Numbeo)



Application Process

The application shall be submitted online by 1 March 2021 via an e-application (please, use the link in the e-Application section below).


The candidate shall provide the following:

  • CV including a list of publications (with a clear indication of the articles indexed in the Web of Science database)
  • Motivation letter explaining your interest in biodiversity-climate relationships and how do you fulfill the above-mentioned requirements (max. 2 pages)
  • Names and contact details of at least two referees.

After submitting your application successfully, you will receive an automatic confirmation email from



Selection Process

Received applications will be considered carefully in line with principles of the EU Charter and Code for Researchers. Selection criteria: (i) meeting qualification requirements described above, (ii) all required documents provided.


If we do not contact you within 10 working days after the application deadline at the latest, it means that we have shortlisted other candidates meeting the position requirements.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a personal or videoconference interview.

The Faculty Recruitment Policy (OTM-R) can be seen here.


Faculty of Science, Masaryk University is an equal opportunity employer. We support diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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