Postdoctoral (junior) research position at the Department of Structure and Dynamics of Nucleic Acids


Joint Laboratory of the

Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC), Masaryk University


Instituteof Biophysics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic,

Brno, Czech Republic


Please contact Prof. Jiri Sponer for further details

sponer at, fax: 420 5412 12179, phone: 420 5415 17133


Junior researcher (postdoc)– full time job



-         Ph.D. or equivalent in relevant areas, obtained (strictly required) not earlier than Mar. 29, 2008 and not later than the start of the contract.
-         excellent publication record
-         experience in relevant areas

-         applicants without relevant publication record will not be considered

Start of the contract: Feb 1, 2013 – May 1, 2013

End of the contract: June 30, 2015, with a prospect for further standard research contract.

Salary depends on the research experience and the actual working performance, but for qualified hard-working person is expected to be around 55,000-60,000 CZK/month. This is more than twice above the average salary in the Czech Republic (1 EUR is ~25 CZK).


Description of the work.

Computational studies on structure, dynamics, function and evolution of RNA and DNA molecules and protein-nucleic acids complexes.

Theoretical studies of basic molecular interactions and chemical reactions in biomolecular systems including reference QM computations, prebiotic chemistry and force field development.

The candidate is expected to have strong background in either

Explicit solvent molecular dynamics simulations of biomolecular systems


Quantum chemistry

Alternatively, candidates with experience in QM/MM methods, bioinformatics or coarse-grained computations could also apply.

See the laboratory web page for the current research directions. Possible research areas are: Simulations of RNA and RNA protein complexes, high-quality QM calculations on NA, with specific emphasize on NA backbone, force field testing and parametrization, noncanonical DNAs, RNA catalysis.