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  PhD POSITION – SUPRAMOLECULAR INORGANIC CHEMISTRY and COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY


   CEITEC

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About the Project

Topic 1: Computational NMR spectroscopy

Supervisor: Radek Marek

A PhD position in Computational Chemistry is available in the group of Radek Marek (publons.com/researcher/1282154/radek-marek/) at the Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC), Brno, Czechia. The project focuses on developing field of paramagnetic NMR spectroscopy of heavy-element compounds (metallodrugs, molecular materials). To address questions related to the paramagnetic effects in NMR spectroscopy (electronic state, chemical bonding, effects of relativity) we use mainly advanced methods of density-functional theory at the relativistic two- and four-component levels. The DFT calculations are benchmarked with in-house experimental NMR data and interpreted using analytical tools based on canonical or localized MOs. In the frame of this fellowship, complementary non-DFT approaches and effects of environment and dynamics on the pNMR characteristics will also be explored. The fellowship requires admission to the PhD program at the Faculty of Science. The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. The position is co-funded by the Czech Science Foundation and its period is 3 years.

Project-related references:

  • J. Novotny, R. Marek et al. Inorg. Chem. 2021, 60, 9368. DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.1c00204
  • J. Vicha, R. Marek et al. Chem. Rev. 2020, 120, 7065. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.9b00785
  • P. Bora, R. Marek et al. J. Chem. Theory. Comput. 2019, 15, 201. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.8b00914
  • J. Novotny, R. Marek et al. Inorg. Chem. 2018, 57, 641. DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b02440
  • J. Novotny, R. Marek et al. J. Chem. Theory Comput. 2017, 13, 3586. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.7b00444
  • J. Novotny, R. Marek et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 8432. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b02749

Topic 2: Supramolecular anticancer metallodrugs

Supervisor: Radek Marek

A PhD position in Supramolecular Inorganic Chemistry is available in the group of Radek Marek (publons.com/researcher/1282154/radek-marek/) at the Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC), Brno, Czechia. The project focuses on emerging field of supramolecular anticancer metallodrugs derived from platinum and ruthenium compounds. To address basic chemical questions related to the structure and biological response (cytotoxicity, antimetastatic activity) we use advanced methods of inorganic synthesis, supramolecular chemistry, NMR spectroscopy, molecular modeling and others. The fellowship requires admission to the PhD program at the Faculty of Science. The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. The position is co-funded by the Czech Science Foundation and its period is 3 years.

Project-related references:

  • M. Sojka, R. Marek et al. Inorg. Chem. 2021, 60, in press. DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.1c02467
  • S. Malali, R. Marek et al. Inorg. Chem. 2020, 59, 10185. DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.0c01328
  • M. Sojka, R. Marek et al. Inorg. Chem. 2019, 58, 10861. DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b01203
  • J. Chyba, R. Marek et al. Inorg. Chem. 2018, 57, 8735. DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b03233
  • J. Novotny, R. Marek et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 8432. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b02749

Prospective candidates should fulfil the following criteria:

  • Master degree (or be close to its completion) in chemistry or physics – computational, theoretical, physical chemistry or chemical physics
  • Documented training in computational chemistry is required
  • Interest in chemical structure, spectroscopy, and NMR
  • Good English language – spoken and written
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to collaborative visits abroad
  • Motivated person with collaborative mind set

Desirable but not required:

  • Good knowledge of DFT & NMR spectroscopy
  • Willingness to engage in the life of academic community

What we offer?

  • Interesting position in a dynamically expanding research institute
  • Background of a recognized and successful institution with supportive and international working environment
  • Environment promoting interdisciplinarity and intersectorality of research
  • In house core facilities
  • Support in learning and development
  • Support of administrative departments (including grant office service)
  • Support with the relocation process (welcome office service)
  • Brno’s friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

Anticipated start date: as soon as possible or upon agreement

Application must include:

  1. Cover Letter – statement of motivation, research interests, and complementarity between the applicant and the hosting research group
  2. CV (summarizing education, positions, and academic work – scientific publications)
  3. Copies of the original Bachelor and Master degree diploma, transcripts of records
  4. English language certificate
  5. Letters of recommendation

The application should be sent by e-mail to [Email Address Removed]. The application deadline is January 15, 2022. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview by the Recruitment Committee.

Information about Brno, Czech Republic

  • The capital of South Moravian Region and the second largest city in the Czechia with a population of almost 400,000 people
  • Modern, dynamic and fast-growing center of industry, trade, science, research and innovation with business incubators and centers of excellence in science
  • A city of universities with more than 86,000 students
  • More than 10,000 researchers; 2,200 IF publications/year; 600+ PhD graduates/year
  • 500 mil. EUR of R&D investment per year, more than 350 companies with in-house R&D
  • City of Gregor Mendel, the founder of genetics; the prestigious Mendel Lectures series takes place in Brno since 2003 (lectures of the world´s top scientists, including Nobel Prize winners)
  • Quality of life index in 2016

For further information about

·       CEITEC, please visit https://www.ceitec.cz/

·       CEITEC Welcome Office, please visit https://www.ceitec.eu/welcome-office/t9938

·       Masaryk University, please visit www.muni.cz


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