Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences / IOCB Prague

Junior Group Leader in Computational Chemistry

2024-05-31 (Europe/Prague)
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Job description

IOCB Prague welcomes applications for a Junior Group Leader position in computational chemistry with an emphasis on state-of-the-art tools of biomolecular modeling (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


1 January 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 31 May 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 18–19 September 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.


Job details

Junior Group Leader in Computational Chemistry
Flemingovo náměstí 542/2 Prague, Czechia
Application deadline
2024-05-31 23:59 (Europe/Prague)
2024-05-31 23:59 (CET)
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