Researcher in electron crystallography


The Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, v. v. i. (FZU) is a public research institution, focusing on basic and applied research in physics. The Institute of Physics is the largest of the institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences with more than 1300 employees, including a considerable number of international workers. The ambition of the Institute of Physics is to push forward the boundaries of knowledge and to conduct first-rate research in the fields of elementary particles, condensed systems and solid particles, optics, plasma physics and laser physics.


Laboratory of electron crystallography Prague, Czech Republic invites applications for the position of the

Researcher in electron crystallography

The successful candidate (m/f) will become a part of an internationally recognized research team led by Dr. Lukas Palatinus.

He/she will participate in the development and application of electron crystallography methods.


What you will do

  • Perform crystallographic structure analysis using electron diffraction methods
  • Prepare and handle air-sensitive crystalline samples
  • Perform diffraction experiments in a transmission electron microscope
  • Process of electron diffraction data
  • Solve and refine crystal structures
  • Prepare scientific publications
  • Present your research at international scientific conferences


What we do

  • Focus on structure determination using methods of electron crystallography, in particular the 3DED method
  • Develop new approaches in structure analysis of micro- and nanocrystals
  • Customize and optimize data collection strategies of 3DED data in transmission electron microscope
  • Develop widely used crystallographic software Superflip. Jana2006/Jana2020, PETS2
  • Apply the methods to diverse range of scientific problems of chemistry and materials science
  • Maintain many international collaborations
  • Present the results on the international meetings and conferences
  • More information on the webpage of the laboratory:


Required qualifications

  • PhD in chemistry, physics, material science or mineralogy
  • Practical knowledge of crystallographic methods (x-ray, neutron and/or electron)
  • Experimental dexterity
  • Advanced English, written and spoken


Beneficial qualifications

  • Programming (any of C/C++/Python/Fortran)
  • Experience with electron microscopy and electron diffraction
  • Familiarity with the operating system MS Windows
  • Systematic approach to problem solving
  • Ability to write a scientific text
  • Presentation skills



  • Working in an international and creative environment
  • Unique research facilities
  • Training and development possibilities (seminars, workshops, conferences, high-quality language courses, soft skills training)
  • Support of your work-life balance – flexible work hours, work from home, extended vacations
  • In-house tennis / volleyball court, table tennis
  • And more benefits such as Multisport card, meal allowance, kindergarten operated by the ASCR


Terms of employment

Start of employment as soon as possible, depending on the availability of the applicant.

1- 2-year contract with possible extension, full-time (part-time negotiable)


Application procedure

Please send your CV (1-2 pages PDF), motivation letter (1-page A4 PDF) and any publication record to the email address below.

Mgr. Monika Svobodová, Cukrovarnická 10/112 | 162 00 Praha 6| Czech Republic
Email: monika [dot] svobodova [at] fzu [dot] cz


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