RESEARCH GROUP LEADER POSITION – Advanced multifunctional ceramics

The director of CEITEC, Brno University of Technology is opening a

Research Group Leader Position in the field of  “Advanced multifunctional ceramics”


We are seeking an outstanding applicant for the scientific position of research group leader. The applicant will have already gained research experience to realize his/her own research project and qualified for the leadership of an independent research group in the field of materials science mostly overlapping with Solid state physics. Specifically, we are looking for an expert in the field of processing and properties of transparent and optically active (luminescent) ceramic materials, electroceramic materials (dielectrics, ferroelectrics, piezoceramics, multiferroics), electro-optical materials, and ceramic composites. Moreover, background in the field of advanced shaping and sintering of ceramics, including pressure-assisted sintering, and thermodynamic-kinetic modelling of physicochemical processes in ceramic materials is appreciated.

The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. degree (Associate Professor/Professor is an advantage) in a relevant field and should demonstrate:

  • Background in materials science, physics of the solid-state, and physical chemistry. At least 12 years of research experience (including international) after completing his/her doctorate.
  • Outstanding subject competence and proven track record of high-quality scientific productivity as judged by publications in high-impact peer-reviewed journals.
  • Success in obtaining extramural research funding ensuring the annual budget of a minimum of 2.5 mil. CZK (i.e. approx. 100,000 EUR) per year in the last five years.
  • Experience in supervising other scientists and Ph.D. students (at least 5 defended Ph.D. students).
  • At least 10-year experience with teaching and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Co-operation with national as well as international academic institutes (proved by joint papers and projects).
  • Ability to exploit CEITEC BUT core facilities and laboratories.
  • International scientific excellence in the field of Materials Science – Ceramics (international awards, invited lecturers).
  • Membership in professional societies and expert committees.
  • Experience with evaluation of projects dealing with basic and applied research.
  • Evidence of cooperation with industry including joint projects.
  • Experience with seminars, workshops and international conferences organization.

An interest in close collaboration with local experimental groups is essential. We will offer an international environment and benefits in line with your experience. The position is available from March 2022.

Your application should include (state the data related to you as a potential group leader, not to the whole existing research group or team, except the last bullet point):

  • CV incl. detailed description and documents of training, and summary of academic experience including teaching,
  • personal research career – research focus and area, the definition of targets, placement and reputation in the international community within a similar/related field, placement within the CEITEC programme, key collaborations (within and outside CEITEC), interdisciplinarity and other information considered relevant,
  • list of publications (separate listings of original research papers, reviews, book chapters),
  • number of publications and their distribution according to intellectual proportion (corresponding author/co-author), and quality (Tier 1, 5, 10, 25),
  • number of citations without self-citations, h-index,
  • list of obtained research grants (name, topic, funding source, amount),
  • reprints of selected top publications (5 at maximum),
  • current positions of former postdocs and students,
  • others: number of invited lectures, number of application outcomes (patents), commercial cooperation, prestigious awards, and distinctions,
  • description of up to 5 most significant results/activities with at least one not being a scientific result – e.g. organization of a conference, participation in an expert committee, contribution to CEITEC development/governance/public awareness, etc. - up to 1 page with a short paragraph for each result,
  • contact for at least two potential referees who are not members of CEITEC,
  • for the whole research group: research plan and visions for next 5 years incl. financial considerations and usage of CEITEC CF and laboratory equipment (max. 2 pages).

Applications must be received by February 10th, 2022, to ensure consideration. Please submit your application by e-mail to Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript. and quote the “RGL 2 - Advanced multifunctional ceramics” in the subject.