Postdoctoral fellow/ Ph.D. student for the VerSiLiB project


The Institute of Physics is looking for Postdoctoral fellow/ Ph.D. student for the project VerSiLiB.

An inspiring position in The Department of Optical and Biophysical Systems, working in a multidisciplinary and friendly environment with motivating supervision. You will work with modern and advanced technologies, focusing on cutting-edge research. You will have creative freedom to think of new solutions and innovations.

About the Institute

FZU is a leading public research institution located in Prague, the Czech Republic, which is oriented on fundamental and applied research in physics. FZU is the largest institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences with more than 1300 employees. 

FZU tries to pursue high quality, innovative and ground-breaking fundamental research, as well as to promote interdisciplinarily and applied research. 


Research Programme 


The Department of Optical and Biophysical Systems recently established new research groups with the focus on Optical Biosensor Technologies, Biophysics or Functional Biointernfaces. We offer international and friendly environment in our teams. 

We are open for motivated people that want to learn novel laboratory techniques. The Research group Laboratory of Biophotonics at Division of Optics with a team leader Jakub Dostalek, Ph.D. is searching for a new colleagues. Our lab is working on exciting new developments and will offer a solid education to interns of all levels, so please apply regardless of your year and experience level.

  • Optical biosensor platform relying on plasmonically amplified sensor response and readout format enabling single molecule detection
  • Research on metallic nanostructures with tailored plasmonic properties for surface plasmon-mediated fluorescence
  • Working closely with physicists, chemical and materials engineers, biotechnologists, and molecular biologists in the partner organizations involved in the European project
  • Development of new analytical tools and their experimental validation for single molecule detection for liquid biopsy-based cancer diagnostics

Required profile

  • Masters or PhD in areas related to physics or biomaterials research
  • Experience in optical sensor techniques and optical engineering
  • Experience with multidisciplinary projects and interacting with partners from different scientific disciplines
  • Analytical thinking
  • Very good communication skills in English

Why should you apply

  • Working in an international, creative and highly motivated environment of a newly established research group Optical Biosensor Technologies & Materials at Division of Optics, Institute of Physics, Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Cutting-edge research topics with high application potential 
  • Working in a multidisciplinary research team
  • A stimulating and friendly supervising and mentoring environment
  • Unique research facilities
  • Training and development possibilities (seminars, workshops, conferences)
  • Soft skills trainings (project management, grants applications, etc.) 
  • Language courses 
  • A competitive salary 
  • Flexible working hours
  • Home office mode
  • 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 April 1st, 2022 or as otherwise agreed.

Application procedure

Please send a motivation letter, your CV, a list of publications and two references to Petra Kratochvilova, HR partner (+420 607 240 074). Questions about the position please write to petra [dot] kratochvilova [at] fzu [dot] cz.