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Junior Group Leader in Computational Chemistry

Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS (IOCB Prague)
Prague (CZ)
Closing date
9 Jun 2024

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Job Type
Principal Investigator
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

Job Details

IOCB Prague welcomes applications for a Junior Group Leader position in computational chemistry with an emphasis on state-of-the-art tools of biomolecular modelling (including AI/machine learning) applied to research with close ties to biochemical/biophysical experiments.

This tenure-track position is roughly comparable to an assistant professor at a US university or to a new investigator position at Max Planck Institutes in Germany. We offer the opportunity to establish a research group with a generous and negotiable starting package that includes investments in the necessary equipment, consumables, and salaries (including several coworkers).

IOCB Prague prides itself on scientific excellence, international character, and a friendly working atmosphere. Strong applications from any country are welcome and we encourage female and minority candidates to apply.



  • Ph.D. degree in a relevant discipline, preferentially also with a postdoc experience
  • Excellent expertise in various aspects of computational chemistry. Experience with related experimental techniques is an advantage.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Independence, accountability, and reliability
  • Excellent communication and management skills


We offer:

  • Work in a young, progressive, and collaborative scientific community of medicinal chemists, virologists, immunologists, computational chemists, biologists and biochemists
  • State-of-the-art instrumentation including an in-house high-performance computing facility
  • Competitive financial remuneration
  • 5 weeks of paid vacation plus 4 days of personal leave
  • Health insurance and a full benefits package including contribution to supplementary pension insurance, contribution to sports/culture/leisure time, and meal subsidy
  • Financial and logistics support for parents returning to work after their maternity/parental leave
  • Location in the stunning city of Prague, with a vibrant atmosphere and excellent quality of life


Additional information:

  • The starting date of the position: January 1, 2025 (negotiable)
  • Initial full-time fixed-term contract for three years, with the expectation of extension based on evaluation


How to apply:

  • Please send your cover letter, a structured CV, and contact details of three references to Šárka Kněžická at by May 31, 2024. Informal inquiries can be addressed to Pavel Jungwirth at
  • Suitable candidates will be contacted to arrange an interview to be held in person at IOCB on September 18-19, 2024.
  • Please note that if you are not contacted within 8 weeks from the application deadline, we will have given preference to candidates who meet the selection criteria more closely. Thank you for your understanding.



IOCB Prague (Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences) is a leading internationally recognized research institute whose primary mission is the pursuit of basic research in organic, medicinal, and computational chemistry, chemical biology, biochemistry, and associated disciplines. An integral part of the IOCB Prague’s mission is the implementation of the results of basic research in practice. Emphasis on interdisciplinary research gives rise to a wide range of applications in medicine, pharmacology, and other fields.


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