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Call for applications: Director of IOCB Prague

The Board of the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences / IOCB Prague is seeking applications from exceptional candidates for the position of Director of the Institute.

The staff at IOCB Prague comprises over 900 employees across 48 research groups and core facilities. IOCB Prague has an annual budget of approximately 65 million USD and is a state-of-the-art research institution located in a newly renovated campus.

The long-term goal of IOCB Prague is excellence and the highest scientific standards of basic research in chemical biology and biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, and computational/physical chemistry with a strong connection to applications, primarily via its daughter company IOCB Tech.

More information, including the current concept of scientific development at IOCB Prague in the period from 2021 to 2025, is available here.

The expected start date is June 1, 2022 for a term of five years (with possible re-election for another five-year term).


Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in the area of chemistry, biology, or medicine, senior level scientific experience, and proven management skills.

Applicants must fulfil the conditions stipulated in §17, paragraphs 4–6 of Act No. 341/2005 on Public Research Institutions (Zákon o veřejných výzkumných institucích), Coll., which, in short, precludes applicants engaged in business activities directly related to research at the institute or those with a criminal record.


On-site interviews (preferred option) or videoconferences with preselected candidates will take place on April 7, 2022 from 10am CET (GMT+1) at IOCB Prague.

Applicants will be expected to present their concrete vision concerning the direction and development of IOCB Prague.

Contact & Applications

Questions about the position and recruitment procedures should be addressed to Pavel Jungwirth, Chairman of the IOCB Prague Board (email: pavel.jungwirthinvalid-email-name@invalid-email-domainuochb.cas.cz, tel. +420-739 002 228).

Applications should include: 

  • detailed curriculum vitae describing the applicant’s career and positions held;
  • a concise description of the candidate’s vision of the management and future development of IOCB Prague;
  • proof of the acquired qualifications (degrees);
  • contact information;
  • documents demonstrating compliance with the conditions stipulated in §17, paragraphs 4–6 of Act No. 341/2005: Czech citizens must provide a criminal record check not older than three months and a signed statutory declaration; foreign applicants need only provide a signed statutory declaration (you can download the relevant forms below).

The applicant’s materials must be received no later than 3pm CET (GMT+1) on February 28, 2022.

Applications must be submitted both as printed hardcopy (clearly mark the envelope “Call for Director”) to Dr. Irena Valterová, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS, Flemingovo nám. 2, 160 00 Praha 6, Czech Republic, and electronically to irena.valterovainvalid-email-name@invalid-email-domainuochb.cas.cz.

Statutory declaration – Czech citizen DOCS (15 kB)
Statutory declaration – foreign applicant DOCS (17 kB)