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Ph.D. Positions at IOCB - Call for applications 2019


IOCB Prague is looking for talented, independent and highly motivated students with a M.Sc. degree or equivalent in life sciences or related fields.

IOCB - A great place to work at!

  • Leading scientific institution in the Czech Republic, part of the Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Focus on basic and applied research in chemistry/biochemistry-related fields with an interdisciplinary approach
  • Cutting-edge technology and equipment
  • Collaboration with top research institutes and commercial partners worldwide
  • Conveniently located in Prague-Dejvice close to the city center, in the vicinity of several universities and the National Library of Technology
  • 49 research and service groups
  • International environment with over 800 employees
  • Employee benefit program

Ph.D. students at IOCB:

  • 176 Ph.D. students in 2018
  • Designated activities and events for Ph.D. students (Ph.D. Science Club, Joint Prague-Weizmann Summer/Winter School on Drug Discovery, Ph.D. Bootcamp, Ph.D. Retreat, lunches with invited speakers, courses, etc.)
  • Self-organized free time activities and clubs

Contact: PhD_applications@uochb.cas.cz

Ph.D. recruitment process at IOCB Prague:

The process of online application:

  • See the list of the available Ph.D. projects in four areas:
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Physical and Computational Chemistry
  • Before applying to our Ph.D. recruitment process, you should have those documents ready:
    • CV
    • B.Sc. and M.Sc. Transcripts
    • Cover letter (Why would like to join us?)
  • Principal investigators (PIs) shortlist applicants with whom they wish to meet.
  • Shortlisted applicants are invited for face-to-face interviews which take place during the IOCB Interview Day on March 14, 2019 (Skype interview can be arranged upon request).
  • Candidates are informed about the results within a week. If accepted by a PI, the candidate has to for enrollment to a given university listed by the PI for the selected project.
  • Ph.D. students must be enrolled in partner Czech universities:
  • Each university has its own process, terms and deadlines for Ph.D. applications, which are separate from the IOCB recruitment process. You may discuss the details with the respective PI.
  • At the same time, they are employed by IOCB Prague (part-time or full time), which results in a competitive salary (scholarship from the university + salary from IOCB).

Deadlines and dates for IOCB:

  • Online application deadline: February 21
  • Shortlisting/interview invitations sent to candidates by March 4
  • Interview Day: March 14
  • Final decisions by March 29

Deadlines for Ph.D. applications to universities:

  • UCT Prague: April 16
  • Charles University (Prague): April 30
  • Masaryk University (Brno) – Faculty of Science: April 30
  • Czech University of Life Sciences Prague: April 30

Prague for expats:

  • Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic - EU country located in the heart of Europe
  • Official language is Czech, but English is broadly spoken and understood in the capital
  • Relatively low cost of living compared to other European cities
  • Beautiful historical city (UNESCO World Heritage Site) rich in architecture and culture (music, museums and galleries, theatres)
  • Easy and cheap transportation around the city
  • Plenty of restaurants, pubs and bars with great (and cheap!) beer
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