New postdoc position – Data analyst in global change ecology (deadline 21 March)

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We are looking for a postdoc to participate on a new project. Further information below:



Join our international team of over 150 researchers and take advantage of the facilities and support provided by the Institute of Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences. We value professionality and friendly relations based on trust, respect and teamwork. Thanks to our continuous joint efforts the Institute of Botany is a place where we can all flourish professionally and personally.

As part of a six-year research grant funded by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (2021 – 2026), the Department of Vegetation Ecology of the Institute of Botany is opening a new postdoc research position focusing on


The main aim of the project is the development of a research centre generating outputs helpful for both strategic planning in landscape protection, nature and biodiversity conservation as well as for solving current problems of recent landscape and ecosystem functioning.


Your responsibilities and duties:

  • Exploring and analysing large ecological and environmental databases (mainly, but not exclusively), using statistical methods and approaches and building on extensive existing datasets;
  • Studying and analysing long-term biotic and environmental changes in forest ecosystems in the Czech Republic;
  • Extracting and processing environmental data from archives and public databases (game, depositions, climate, topography etc.);
  • Leading and publishing research papers in ecology / global change / biology impact journals;
  • Presenting results at international conferences.


  • PhD or equivalent in plant ecology, landscape ecology, botany, forestry, geography or related fields relevant to environmental research;
  • Experience in environmental data analyses, good skills in statistical modelling;
  • Basic knowledge of European vegetation convenient but not necessary;
  • Independent developing of predefined research programme;
  • Good communication skills, motivation for teamwork;
  • Flexible and independent way of organizing work with a clear focus on science;
  • English (excellent).

We offer:

The successful candidate will enjoy working in a collaborative team but must be highly self-motivated and work well independently.

The contract includes benefits such as:

  • Competitive salary of some €18.470 per year (CZK 40.000/month);
  • Fully covered health insurance and contribution to the social security system;
  • Flexible working hours, 25 days of paid vacation, 5 sick days;
  • Contribution to food expenses (vouchers);
  • Work in the laid back and beautiful city of Brno, capital of Southern Moravia;
  • “Buddy programme” offering collegial support to newcomers from abroad;
  • Bonus payments for publications;
  • Project budget for travel to conferences and workshops;
  • Support for career development and mentoring;
  • Courses in “Academic writing”.

Eligibility criteria:

  • CV (incl. publication record);
  • Motivation letter stating the applicant´s research interests and expertise and describing previous experience;
  • References (name and contact information of 2 referees)

Selection process:

  • 1st round: evaluation of candidates based on CV and other information provided;
  • 2nd round: interview (presentation of previous work achievements).

Application deadline: 21 March 2021

Send applications to:

Starting date: 1 May 2021 (at the earliest)

Duration: 3 years (with a possible extension till the end of the project in December 2026)

Location: Brno, Czech Republic

Website for additional job details:

Keywords: large databases; statistical modelling; plant community ecology; temporal dynamics; anthropogenic drivers; global change.


Additional information:


With almost 10.000 employees more than half of whom are researchers with university degrees, the Czech Academy of Sciences is the largest research-performing institution in the Czech Republic.

The primary mission of the Academy and its 54 institutes, including the Institute of Botany, is to conduct basic research in a broad spectrum of natural, technical and social sciences and the humanities. Researchers also participate in education, particularly through doctoral study programmes for young researchers and by teaching at universities. The Academy fosters collaboration with applied research and industry.


The Institute of Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences is one of the main centres of botanical research in the Czech Republic and carries out fundamental research on species, populations and communities. It offers researchers an excellent environment for field research, common garden and laboratory experiments as well as laboratory analyses.

The Institute is composed of three Research Divisions located in Pr?honice, on the outskirts of Prague, in T?ebo? and in Brno.


Researchers of the Department are specialised in vegetation ecology and they focus on basic and applied research in vegetation ecology, especially the long-term development and short-term dynamics of ecosystems and the interaction between human societies and nature. The Department has a laboratory for the analysis of soil and plant material.

Researchers of the unit specialising in Vegetation Ecology concentrate mainly on the biodiversity and species composition of present plant communities and their ecological determinants. Their main interest lies in the impact of global environmental changes on plant communities and individual species.

For more information on the Department of Vegetation Ecology, please visit our website:


Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic and the capital of the South Moravia Region. With a population of just under 400.000, it is much smaller than Prague and is a friendly, not very crowded and generally more relaxed city with a number of universities such as the Masaryk University, Brno University of Technology, Mendel University in Brno and others. Life quality is comparable and living costs in are much lower in Brno than in many EU cities (