Researcher – Higher Dimensional Categories

Workplace: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic
Type of Contract: temporary position with 2 year contract (with possible extension), non-academic
Working Hours: 1 FTE (full-time employment of 40 hours per week)
Expected Start Date: Ideally 1 January, 2022, precise date is negotiable, also taking into account immigration timelines for non EU candidates
Number of Open Positions: 1
Pay: CZK 45000 gross per month
EU Researcher Profile: R2
Application Deadline: 31. 8. 2021

About the Workplace
Masaryk University is the second-largest university in the Czech Republic with ten faculties, more than 5000 staff, and more than 30 000 students.
Faculty of Science MU, a proud holder of the HR Excellence in Research Award by the European Commission, is a research-oriented faculty, offering university education (Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degree programs) closely linked to both primary and applied research and high school teaching of the following sciences: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Earth sciences. We are the most productive scientific unit of the Masaryk University generating around 40 % of MU research results.
Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the Faculty of Science MU invites applications for a research position funded by the project "The language of higher dimensional categories''.

Job Description
Key Duties: The researcher will join the research team of John Bourke, within the Algebra, Topology and Number Theory Group, cf.
The project “The language of higher dimensional categories” covers the broad range of structures with connections to higher dimensional category theory, such as monads and theories, monoidal categories and their variants, enriched category theory including 2-categories and infinity-cosmoi, accessible categories.
The researcher will conduct research in category theory and its applications, possibly including, but not limited to, some of the topics listed above.

Skills and Qualifications
The applicant must have:

  • Strong background in category theory
  • Good publication record
  • A PhD degree in mathematics or related areas (or be close to obtaining one)
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken

Informal inquiries about the position can be sent to Jan Slovak, email Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript., phone +420 54949 7060.

We Offer

  • An interesting job in a dynamically-expanding university area
  • Flexible working hours and occasional home office to support personal needs in family and career compatibility
  • Employee benefits such as 6 weeks of paid vacation per year, pension insurance contribution, a financial meal allowance, lunches in canteens of MU, Multisport card, vaccinations free of charge, discounted language courses, discount in the university cinema, exclusive mobile tariff offer by Vodafone, childcare group-Campus
  • Opportunity to work and live in a modern and dynamic city (for more information on costs of living, you can refer to Numbeo)
  • Support with your relocation to Brno by our International Staff Office

Application Process
The application shall be submitted online by 31 August 2021 via an e-application here.

The candidate shall provide following:

  • CV
  • Cover letter describing candidate's research interest and experience
  • Summary of research outputs and publications
  • Arrange at least two reference letters to be sent to Jan Slovak (Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript.).

After submitting your application successfully, you will receive an automatic confirmation email from

Selection Process
Received applications will be considered carefully in line with principles of the EU Charter and Code for Researchers.
Selection criteria: (i) meeting qualification requirements described above, (ii) all required documents provided.

If we do not contact you within 10 working days after the application deadline at the latest, it means that we have shortlisted other candidates meeting the position requirements.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a personal or videoconference interview.
The Faculty Recruitment Policy (OTM-R) can be seen here.

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We are looking forward to hearing from you!