Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis (IOS)

The head of Natural Products Research group

Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis (IOS)

Riga, Latvia


Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis (LIOS) – the leading drug discovery centre in Baltic countries is offering one fixed term position of principal investigator/the head of Natural Products Research group, which will be the driver for the development of LIOS Innovation hub. The position is offered within the call HORIZON-WIDERA-2022-TALENTS-01 ERA Chair project “Natural Products Research at Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis as a driver for Excellence in Innovation” (Natalion). The candidate will be responsible for the development of her/his Natural Products Research group, for which funds to cover ~5 FTEs are secured for 5 years. The candidate is expected to lead the establishment of natural products research at LIOS. The details on responsibilities, obligations, and rights of the position see

Provisional start date

June/July 2023


Basic salary EUR 64 560,- p.a. before tax

Bonus payments for articles in high impact journals, supervised PhD and MSc thesis, awarded and managed public and private competitive projects

Health insurance

Dedicated funding for

·      training and short term mobility (e.g. scientific conferences);

·      upgrade and build-up of infrastructure;

·      development of Natural Products Research group (~5 FTEs) with secured financing for 5 years.


60 months with option for an extension


We are searching for the candidate with:

·      PhD in life sciences;

·      established scientific record in natural products research related to natural product synthesis, microbiology, bioinformatics, and/or metabolomics;

·      proven leadership and management skills (>2 years).

Full set of mandatory competences, desirable competences as well as the selection methodology see

Women are explicitly encouraged to apply to increase their share in science and research.

Application documents

Applications must be in English and include:

·      motivation letter, particularly outlining experience in natural products research;

·      CV, including academic qualifications, mobility experience, management experience, teaching and supervising record (MSc and PhD thesis supervised), and fundraising experience (composition, number, and monetary volume of research projects);

·      optional – recommendation letters on leadership skills and teamwork;

·      research plan (minimum 3 pages including references) – will only have to be submitted at the second round of the selection process.

Apply with CV and Cover Letter

Must be a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file and no larger than 1MBMust be a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file and no larger than 1MB

The head of Natural Products Research group