Post doctoral fellow - electrochemical sensors


FZU – Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences is a leading public research institution located in Prague, Czechia. FZU is the largest institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences with more than 1100 employees. FZU pursues high-quality, innovative, and ground-breaking research. Our primary mission is to understand and explain the basic phenomena and processes of this world and respond to the current scientific and technical challenges of society.


Most of the work would be related to the project related to electrochemical sensors based on nanostructured and chemically modified sp2 and sp3 carbon surfaces for (bio)analytical applications.

This project focuses on tuning of diamond surfaces for fabrication of sensing devices and their application in (bio)electroanalysis. To achieve this diamond with variable non-diamond carbon ratio will be prepared using novel deposition and surface annealing procedures.

Following fabrication the surface termination of diamond will then be set by plasma or chemical post-functionalization and then protocols for covalent attachment of biomolecules on sp3/sp2 carbon surfaces will be established. Surface interactions will then be studied using low-molecular organic compounds and biomolecules with focus on adsorption and electron transfer kinetics. Finally, on-demand designed electrodes including porous flow-through electrodes will be embedded in detection systems for batch and flow analysis and applied in selected tasks of organic electroanalysis, DNA analysis and protein immunosensing. This project is being carried out in cooperation with Charles University, Faculty of Science, Department of Analytical Chemistry, UNESCO Laboratory of Environmental Electrochemistry.

Required profile

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry or related field
  • Creativity and analytical thinking
  • Sound verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Previous experience in related field

What will you do?

  • Development of nanostructured diamond/metal/metal-oxide composites (primarily via electrochemical synthesis) and study of their catalytic activity
  • Development of electroanalytical detection of neurotransmitters in neuron cultivation media employing diamond electrodes
  • DFT modeling of intermediates in chemical and electrochemical organic processes
  • Numeric modeling of electrochemical electrode response

Why should you apply?

  • Working in an international, creative and highly motivated team in Institute of Physics, Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Addressing cutting-edge research topics with high application potential 
  • Working in a multidisciplinary research environment
  • A stimulating and friendly supervising and mentoring
  • Training and development possibilities (seminars, workshops, conferences)
  • Soft skills trainings  
  • Language courses 
  • Indoor yoga classes
  • A competitive salary 
  • Flexible working hours
  • And more benefits such as Multisport card, cooperate kindergarten, etc

Terms of employment

The initial period of employment is 1 year (with the possibility of an extension), starting from January 2024 or as otherwise agreed.

Application procedure

Please send a motivation letter, your CV, a list of publications and two references to Klara Veverkova Stastna, HR partner. Questions about the position please address to kariera [at] fzu [dot] cz.

Deadline for application: 5th December 2023

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