Job openings

For scholars fleeing Unkraine!

We are able to host scientists (postdocs and PhD students) and offer flexible positions in the fields we cover, please contact Vladimira. We can also assist with the search for positions at Heyrovsky Institute and elswhere. Please contact Vladimira or Czexpats in Science at

We are hiring!

Come working to beautiful Prague! We are always looking for motivated postdocs and students (PhD, master, bachelor) to join our group. Our research covers plasmonics, nanophotonics, superresolution microscopy, single molecule spectroscopy, DNA self-assembly, fluorescence, protein imaging, image analysis and machine learning. If you are interested in working in such diverse and interdisciplinary environment, please contact Vladimira.

Currently advertised positions

Here is a list of position currently advertised. Please contact us also if there is no position open right now or if you are intested in joining us for a different topic. There might be other possibility of funding or an opening soon. Vladimira is a part of the Humboldt research network. If you are a scientist in Germany wanting to spend 6-24 months in our lab, please contact Vladimira.

Postdoc positions

Postdoctoral position in nano-optics
We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join the research group of Vladimira Petrakova at the J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry in Prague. Our project aims to advance the field of nanophotonics and light engineering by developing innovative tools for sub-diffraction manipulation of light using fluorophores and plasmonic nanoparticles. Our research employs techniques such as single molecule localization microscopy, DNA nanotechnology, and machine learning to create and reconstruct plasmon-modulated images.

This position is for a duration of 3.5 years, with the potential for research stays in collaborating laboratories throughout Europe. Our group is rapidly growing and offers a dynamic, open, friendly, and collaborative environment. We value independence, diversity, and inclusivity.

The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in physics or a related field, with a focus on light-matter interaction or electromagnetic fields. Experience in the modeling of electromagnetic fields or light manipulation is highly desirable. Knowledge of plasmonics, plasmon-enhanced fluorescence, or enhanced Raman scattering is an advantage. We welcome both theoreticians and experimentalists to apply. The project is highly interdisciplinary and will require excellent communication skills and a curiosity about other fields.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please submit your CV, a motivation letter, and two references to and to The invitation for the interview is based mostly on the motivation letter we receive. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply. The position will be open for applications until filled. The position has a flexible start in 2023.


Optical Microscopist
Are you an experienced microscopist who enjoys advancing optical microscopy techniques? Do you enjoy building and maintaining custom-built microscopy setups, optimizing their performance, and assisting users with their experiments? Our Department of Biophysical Chemistry is seeking a skilled microscopist to join our team!

As a microscopist in our department, you will have the opportunity to work with a diverse range of researchers covering topics such as membrane and protein dynamics, plasmon-enhanced fluorescence, and nanoscopic organization of proteins and membranes. We are a supportive and collaborative team that offers an open, friendly, and inclusive environment. Your main responsibility will be to maintain and advance our custom-built microscopy setups, ensuring optimal performance and reliability for our users. You will also be responsible for organizing and training users, setting up measurement guidelines, and maintaining a data repository.

The ideal candidate will have a university degree in physics, optics, engineering, or related fields, and extensive hands-on experience with optical microscopy. A PhD degree related to microscopy and experience with building optical setups are considered assets. Excellent organization skills are a must, as well as good communication skills and patience when training and collaborating with scientists and students from various fields.

If you are interested in this stable and rewarding position, please send us your CV and a cover letter outlining your experience and qualifications. Send your materials to and cc to and We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to our team. The position has a flexible starting date in 2023. The position will be open until filled, don't wait with your application!