open positions


of the department of physical and macromolecular chemistry

Open postdoc and PhD positions

The Faculty of Science, Charles University (Prague, Czechia) invites applications for a Post-doctoral position in the Department of Physical and Macromolecular Chemistry.

ExPro Postdoctoral Fellowship

Postdoc Position in Computational Material Science and Catalysis


PhD fellow in Computational modelling of desalination process using polyelectrolyte hydrogels

Project supervisors: Oleg Rud and Lucie Nová

When polyelectrolyte hydrogel is put into contact with aqueous salt solution, it pulls in the counterions and pushes out the coions. Recently it was shown that this phenomenon can be utilized in seawater desalination. The project main goal is to study ... more

PhD fellow in Rational synthesis of zeolitic materials and their characterization by advanced electron microscopy methods

Project summary

Zeolites are among the most useful materials in catalysis, sorption and ion-exchange. It is due to their properties i.e. high adsorption capacity, defined microporosity (resulting in molecular sieving effect), adjustable chemical composition, and possibility for post-synthesis modifications. Conventional synthesis of zeolites is performed by solvothermal methods that are ... more

PhD fellow in Rational design of hierarchical zeolites for the synthesis of fine chemicals

Project summary

Due to such useful characteristics as molecular sieving effect, high adsorption capacity, adjustable chemical composition zeolites are efficient catalysts of a number of large-scale processes. At the same time, despite showing unique and extremely useful properties, micropores impose restrictions on the mass transport of bulky reactants limiting the ... more

PhD fellow in Hybrid Nanostructures Based on Polymer-Ions Interaction

Project summary

Highly charged molecules and nano-assemblies serve as unique building blocks in nanochemistry. Bulky and multivalent ions are known to readily condense on polyelectrolyte chains or brushes. Such ions are therefore capable to co-assemble with double-hydrophilic block copolymers into core/shell nanoparticles. It brings new function into the system and ... more

PhD fellow in Operando computational modelling of materials

Project summary

An increased synergy between experimental and theoretical investigations in heterogeneous catalysis has become apparent during the last decade. Experimental work has extended from ultra-high vacuum and low temperature towards operando conditions. These developments have motivated the computational community to move from standard descriptive computational models, based on inspection ... more

PhD fellow in Sugar and pH-responsive multicompartment nano-assemblies for dual-drug solubilization and delivery

Project summary

The concept of Multicompartment Micelles (MCMs), i. e., self-assembled aggregates with moieties of different chemical properties, that mimic biological molecules such as proteins was derived by Prof. H. Ringsdorf almost twenty years ago and theoretically described by de Gennes. Figure 1 represents a rather futuristic view of multifunctional ... more

PhD fellow in Theoretical studies of endohedral fullerenes

Endohedral fullerenes, i.e. cage-like hollow carbon molecules with an atom or a small molecule trapped inside, are fascinating species with unusual properties attractive for applications. With Gd atom inside they can serve as MRI contrast agents, with a radioactive metal as radiotracers, with N atom as q-bits in quantum computers, ... more

PhD fellow in Modeling of weak polyelectrolytes interacting with multivalent ions.

Association of weak polyelectrolytes can be controlled by the variable pH-sensitive ionization of weak acid and base groups. Encapsulation of multivalent molecules in polyelectrolyte-based systems can be controlled by the same means. Release of the cargo molecules can be then triggered by a change of pH. For example, multivalent porphyrin ... more

Postdoc in Association of Block-Copolymers Containing Weak Polyelectrolytes

Salary: equivalent of 2000 EUR/month.

Profile of an ideal candidate:
• Completed Ph.D. at the time of application
• Good knowledge of English (FCE equivalent or better)
• Strong background in soft matter and statistical mechanics
• Experience with molecular simulations, programming, U*X