Call for PostDoc Positions for one-year period from October 2018
in Physics
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University


Research Projects:

  • General Relativity and Gravitation

Institute of Theoretical Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Prague, invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral position within Prague relativity group to a motivated person, working in the field of general relativity and/or its astrophysical or cosmological applications. More specifically, his/her doctoral expertise and research plan should be close to at least one of the following topics: solutions of Einstein's field equations and their interpretation, problems of energy and radiation in GR, asymptotic structure of space-times, particles, bodies and fields in GR, black holes, neutron stars, black-hole perturbations, quantum gravity, approximation methods and numerical relativity, gravitational lensing, contemporary cosmology (cosmological models and their perturbations, dark matter and dark energy), emission and analysis of gravitational waves and their astrophysical and cosmological aspects.

The project will be supervised by doc. RNDr. Oldřich Semerák, DSc., Institute of Theoretical Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University (e-mail contact: semerak@mbox.troja.mff.cuni.cz; Oldrich.Semerak@mff.cuni.cz).


  • Quantum phase transitions in superconducting quantum dots

Group of Theoretical Physics of the Department of Condensed Matter Physics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague calls for applications for one-year postdoc positions within the theme of superconducting quantum impurities. The applicant should be highly a motivated scholar with the PhD degree in theoretical or computational physics, sound publication record, and expertise in one of the following fields: quantum impurity physics, strongly-correlated electron systems, dynamical mean-field theory, superconductivity, large-scale numerical simulations, and/or non-equilibrium quantum transport. He/she will be primarily collaborating on the topic of impurity quantum phase transitions in superconducting quantum dots studied in our group (team lead by Dr. Tomáš Novotný) in collaboration with the Condensed Matter Theory group at the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Prof. Václav Janiš) with possibility to also follow his/her own research directions within the scope of our group.

The project will be supervised by RNDr. Tomáš Novotný, Ph.D., Department of Condensed Matter Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University (e-mail contact: tno@karlov.mff.cuni.cz).


  • Physics of Condensed Matter: Local Structure of Functional Materials by NMR

We are seeking for the postdoctoral research fellow to join the group focused on the basic and applied research of magnetic, ferroelectric, multiferroic and other functional materials used or applicable for effective energy conversion and multifunctional devices. The adept is assumed to participate in investigation of the structure and properties of these materials mainly by advanced nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy techniques. The experimental results will be systematically compared with the first-principles calculations based on DFT.

Applicants should have a PhD degree in condensed matter physics, material science, chemical physics or related discipline, strong background in solid state physics as well as knowledge and practical experience in solid state NMR spectroscopy.

The project will be supervised by Prof. Helena Štěpánková, Department of Low Temperature Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University (e-mail contact: Helena.Stepankova@mff.cuni.cz).


  • Physics of Molecular Structures – dynamics of novel microporous materials based on metal organic framework

The project addresses structural characterization and detailed investigation of dynamics related to adsorption properties of novel microporous materials based on stable metal-organic frameworks.

The major activities related to the position include advanced spectroscopic characterization of the newly synthesized materials and a thorough investigation of rotational and translational mobilities of the system components – the microporous framework as well as the adsorbed species such as methane, carbon dioxide, hydrogen or water. For this purpose there are available two NMR spectrometers equipped for variable temperature multinuclear liquid and solid state measurements under static as well as the magic angle spinning conditions. The spectrometers are also equipped with a strong pulsed field gradient accessory for the state-of-art studies of translational diffusion in heterogeneous systems and for microimaging. Complementary techniques such as differential scanning calorimetry, gel permeation chromatography, optical spectroscopies etc. will be also utilized.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. and strong background in physics or physical chemistry, especially in NMR spectroscopy (ideally including relaxation and/or diffusion measurements), thermodynamics, and experimental data processing.

The project will be supervised by Dr. Jan Lang, associate professor, Department of Low Temperature Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University (e-mail contact: Jan.Lang@mff.cuni.cz).


  • Particle Physics – Forward Detectors and Physics

The ATLAS group at the Institute of Particle and Nuclear Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in the field of Forward Physics.

The successful applicant will work in the group of Dr. Tomas Sykora who pursues research in the fields of high-energy particle diffraction and pico-second timing detectors for High Energy Physics.

The postdoctoral researcher is expected to conduct leading research in one or both of these areas with a large degree of independence and initiative. The work will benefit from the local research environment (Charles University, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Technical University in Prague), collaboration with other Czech institutions (University of West Bohemia, Palacký University Olomouc) and international collaborations (ATLAS collaboration, CERN, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Alberta).

Required qualification is a PhD in physics or equivalent. A strong background in particle physics, good programming skills (Python, C++) and experience in HEP analyses are expected. Experience with designs of electronic circuits, ultra-fast electronics or/and FPGA programming is not required but very welcome.

The project will be supervised by Dr. Tomáš Sýkora, Institute of Particle and Nuclear Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University (e-mail contact: tomas.sykora@mff.cuni.cz; tomas.sykora@cern.ch).



These positions offer:

  • 1 year contract from October 2018 with a possible renewal in case of mutual interest
  • the salary comparable to the starting salary of an Assistant Professor at the Faculty

Interested candidates should submit:

  • CV
  • brief description of research expertise and plans (1–2 pages)
  • list of publications
  • copy of PhD thesis (or a link for downloading)
  • two letters of recommendation

Submissions should be emailed to galikova@dekanat.mff.cuni.cz not later than July 15, 2018. Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an interview.

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