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Global Change Research Institute CAS, v.v.i. announces in accordance with Act No. 283/1992 Coll. the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, as amended by Act No. 420/2005 Coll. and Articles of Association of the Czech Republic tender for the position of junior scientist.

Location: Brno, Czech Republic, EU

Duration: 3 years with the possibility of extension

Working time: 50% or higher

Description

The objective of a proposed position is to investigate impacts of environmental drivers, associated with global climate change, on growth and development, physiology and metabolomic activity of plants. To understand molecular mechanisms of physiological responses of plants and their robustness to environmental perturbations, research activities at molecular and whole-plant level will be tightly interfaced. The selected candidate will be involved in formulation of original scientific hypotheses, planning of experiment designs (out-door, laboratory) focused on plant eco-physiology and environmental metabolomics, and evaluation of changes in plant physiological and metabolomic traits due to the effect of selected stressors. The experience in statistical analysis of multifactorial data sets is required.

Requirements

  1. Applicants should have a PhD in plant physiology, molecular biology, analytical chemistry or any other related programme.
  2. Applicants should have practical experiences with metabolomics or environmental metabolomics and they should have practical experiences with basic physiological and biochemical techniques such as spectrophotometry, HPLC, GC or others.
  3. Applicants should have wide experiences with statistical data processing and advanced statistical techniques, including experiences with principal component analysis, factorial analysis as well as graphical interpretation of such data using biplots are required. Practical experiences with statistical software and packages (R, MatLab, Statistica etc.) are also requested. Applicants should also have practical experiences with chromatography data systems software like Chromeleon or other related software.
  4. Applicants should have a strong publication record (10 publications with IF or above) and Hirsch index 7 or above. The applicant should be a first author or corresponding author of at least 5 publications with IF.
  5. Good knowledge of English (certificate is not requested), particularly of technical terminology.

We offer

  1. Work in very well equipped laboratories with the most modern instrumentation for metabolomic, isotopic and ecophysiological studies.
  2. Creative research work, the possibility of dynamic development of the scientific team and the deepening of personal expertise.
  3. The possibility of further career and professional advancement.
  4. The possibility of training courses and fellows at foreign institutions.
  5. Background of the strong, dynamic research group.

Deadlines / Time schedule

Application deadline is October 15, 2017. Expected personal interview with candidates is October 20, 2017. The position is expected to be filled by November, 2017 or by an agreement.

Applications should include a cover letter, a full CV including a complete list of publications, an outline of current research interests, a proposal for future research interests and the names and email addresses of 2–3 referees. Applications should be emailed to jobs@czechglobe.cz.

For more information about the position contact Otmar Urban at urban.o@czechglobe.cz.


Open vacancy: Postdoctoral fellow in remote sensing at Global Change Research Institute (Brno, Czech Republic)

The Global Change Research Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CzechGlobe) is looking for a postdoctoral fellow in optical remote sensing of natural and man-managed ecosystems.

CzechGlobe remote sensing laboratory is a dynamic research group focusing mainly on remote sensing of vegetation functioning with an overlap towards imaging spectroscopy of urban landscapes, soils and waters (http://www.czechglobe.cz/en/institute-structure/research-sector/ii-domain-ecosystems-analysis/#odpz). It has direct access to the airborne carrier equipped with hyperspectral (VNIR, SWIR and TIR) imaging spectrometers, an airborne and terrestrial LiDAR systems and other state-of-the-art laboratory equipment (http://www.czechglobe.cz/en/about-us/infrastructure-elements/ ).

We are offering a full-time 2-year postdoctoral fellowship with an expert focus on one of the following topics: 1/ synergic use of the airborne visible-, near-, short-wavelength and thermal infrared hyperspectral images with airborne and terrestrial LiDAR measurements for operational retrieval of forest physiological traits towards better understanding the eddy-covariance flux tower observations or 2/ interpretation of airborne thermal infrared image data, with support of other hyperspectral and LiDAR observations, to assess potentials of urban vegetation in mitigation of high temperature events in cities.

We require:

  • PhD in remote sensing or any related biological and physical sciences
  • Active knowledge of remote sensing physical principles, quantitative interpretational methods and current air-/space-borne optical sensors
  • Regular publications in impact peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Proactive and autonomous approach to scientific challenges

We welcome:

  • Interdisciplinary linkage between remote sensing and other biological and physical sciences (plant physiology, eddy-covariance flux measurements, physics and mathematics, forestry and agriculture, etc.)
  • Experience in radiative transfer or in dynamic vegetation modelling
  • Practical skills in optical airborne/field measurement techniques

We offer:

  • Opportunity of new creative scientific development
  • Access to modern airborne, ground and laboratory instrumentation
  • Flexible working time conditions
  • Perspective scientific career with a prospect of follow-up position

Further detailed information can be obtained from Dr. Olga V. Brovkina <brovkina.o@czechglobe.cz>. In case of interest, please send your full scientific CV and your motivation letter until 1st October 2017 at the email address: jobs@czechglobe.cz (email subject: „ RS postdoctoral fellow“).