The Director of the National Centre for Biomolecular Research (NCBR)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 09 Jan 2022

Workplace: National Centre for Biomolecular Research, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic

Type of Contract: Academic position with 4-year contract

Working Hours: 40 FTE (full-time)

Number of Open Positions: 1

Starting Date: 1. 3. 2022

Application Deadline: 9. 1. 2022

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.

National Centre for Biomolecular Research (NCBR) is one of 13 institutes of the Faculty of Science , Masaryk University , Brno. The main focus of the Centre is on the study of bio(macro)molecules at the atomic level using experimental and computational methods. Well-equipped laboratories include instruments for nuclear magnetic resonance, crystallography, study of biomolecular interactions, genomics, and proteomics. The department has access to powerful computational facilities used for computational chemistry, bioinformatics and chemoinformatics. Beyond the activities of the Centre, research in specific areas of chemistry and biology, the department is also involved in teaching and training of bachelor, master and doctoral students in degree programmes focused on bioinformatics, biomolecular chemistry, genomics, and proteomics. Staff members, Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows, and diploma students contribute to the research output of the Centre.

The research activities of the Centre include projects in the following areas: Computational chemistry and molecular modelling , Structural Bioinformatics , Computational studies on nucleic acids , Protein structure and dynamics , Structure of biosystems and molecular materials , Glycobiochemistry , Structural biology of gene regulation, Recombination and DNA repair , Functional genomics and proteomics .

About this position

We are seeking an experienced scientist and research manager with a vision, strategic thinking, and an excellent track record in the research field of Biomolecular chemistry / Integrated structural biology. We require an experience with management of large research teams and a history of acquiring international competitive project funding.

The director will be responsible for:

  • The overall development of the research centre in accordance with the principles of transparency, internal culture, openness in science and gender issues;
  • The consolidation and development of the Centre’s governance structure to promote excellent research, training and education;
  • The scientific management of the research centre, including the development of research strategies and long-term visions reflecting modern trends in the field and current scientific challenges and European priorities, based on the existing capacities and new opportunities;
  • The financial management and resource planning, the identification of and pursuing opportunities and research grants for the further development and financial sustainability of the centre, with particular attention to competitive ERC-type grants;
  • The establishment of a strategic partnership with CEITEC MU and other research centres at the University Campus at Bohunice to promote synergies and interdisciplinary collaborations;
  • The development of human resources in line with the HR Award, recruitment, supervision, and mentoring of employees, including early-stage researchers;
  • The development, management and accreditation of existing and new study programmes at all levels to attract more students;
  • The promotion of public outreach activities to increase public trust, including the support of a youth training center;
  • International collaboration with strategic scientific partners and interaction with the international scientific community;
  • Research communication and interaction with various stakeholders, including applied sector and policy makers;

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