Education and training

Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment provides university education in the fields of Chemistry and Biology within all three levels of higher education, i.e. bachelor (BSc), master (MSc) and doctoral (PhD).

Doctoral study fields

  • Environmental chemistry
  • Ecotoxicology

Master studies

  • Environmental chemistry
  • General biology, specialization in Ecotoxicology
  • Mathematical biology

Bachelor studies

  • General biology, specialization in Ecotoxicolog
  • Mathematical biology

Pc schoolroomStudies are open to applicants interested in interdisciplinary studies of chemistry, biology, mathematics and statistics. Studies in Environmental chemistry and Ecotoxicology are focused on issues of environmental stress and protection. Mathematical biology studies include management and analyses of biological, environmental and medical data.

Each year, about 30 bachelor students and 30 master students successfuly complete their studies at the Centre. Since 1994, more 60 PhD students finished and successfully defended their theses. Quality of the education is acknowledged by number of student awards at various levels including dean's and rector's awards; national competitions of master students (Barbora Jedličková 2008); best student presentations at national and international conferences including e.g. SETAC Europe (best poster; Jiří Kohoutek in 2008), DIOXIN (best student presentations, Petr Kukučka in 2010) or EuCheMS mobility and carreer development scholarships (best student presentations; Romana Kurková and Petr Kukučka in 2010, Jitka Bečanová and Jan Kuta in 2011).

Foreign student

Students use quality lecture, seminary and computer rooms and laboratories for practical exercises. Student research projects (theses) form an important part of the studies and correspond to major research projects and reflect other applied activities of the Centre.

International students and professors working in the Centre (from UK, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and others) as well as existing international cooperations provide a stimulating study environment and offer a range of student mobility opportunities including European programmes such as ERASMUS and others.

For more information contact the deputy for education - Assoc. Prof. Jakub Hofman.

The RECETOX News 3/2018 issue is now available!
14.11.2018 | More information...

The autumn issue focusses on human health. It looks at it from a number of perspectives – through research investigating human health impacts using a wealth of information and expertise that was generated during the first 35 years of the RECETOX. It uses our tools, environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology, new analytical methods for monitoring toxic chemical substances in the environment and in various types of matrices. There is also information on new projects combining our long-term knowledge and disciplines, complementing them with newly established teams for epidemiology, biostatistics or biomedicine, new approaches or newly developed IT tools.

Regional meeting in preparation to COP2 of the Minamata Convention on mercury
25.10.2018 | More information...

The Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in the Czech Republic supported the Regional meeting for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia in Preparation for the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on mercury and subsequent information sessions on the three conventions (BRS) and SAICM held in Chisinau, Moldova, on 16-18 October 2018.

Public lecture of Jakub Hofman
11.10.2018 | More information...

Dear colleagues, we invite you to the RECETOX joint seminar for a public lecture of doc. Jakub Hofman. The lecture is organized within a process of Jakub's application for full professor title/position at Faculty of Science, MU.

Ph.D. student positions and dissertation topics at RECETOX
9.10.2018

Further information in the section PhD positions

The RECETOX News 2/2018 issue is now available!
25.9.2018 | More information...

Have you checked our summer issue of hte RECETOX news yet? There is progress report on implementing the EU Horizon 2020 project ICARUS targeting and improving urban air quality, introduction to EnzymeMiner, a novel platform for biotechnology combining IT database search with microfluidic characterization to speed the whole process of identification of prospective enzymes, or results of our research on impact of monsoon on remobilization of persistent organic pollutants in India and globally

Job opportunity – POSTDOC POSITION in the field of Environmental Toxicology / Environmental Health
27.8.2018 | More information...

Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic invites excellent scientists to apply for POSTDOC POSITION in the field of Environmental Toxicology / Environmental Health.

Unusual enzyme dynamics revealed by computer simulations
12.7.2018 | More information...

Enzymes are biocatalysts of living cells, converting small molecules called substrates to their corresponding products. Enzymes are highly valued by chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Most of the enzymes perform chemical reactions deep inside themselves at precisely organized active sites. The active sites can only accommodate certain molecules which allows the enzymes to distinguish their own substrates from all the molecules in the surrounding environment. Another layer of a molecule recognition is provided by the enzyme tunnels, which connect the active sites with the surrounding environment. In this study, an enzyme with a tiny active site and narrow tunnels was noted to be able to catalyze a substrate about two times bigger in its size.

Jan Štourač and Gaspar Pinto: New Tool for Personalized Oncology
20.6.2018 | More information...

The research teams of Professor Jiří Damborský and David Bednář from RECETOX Masaryk University and FNUSA-ICRC, of Professor Jaroslav Štěrba from the Children's Hospital of Brno University Hospital and of Associate Professor Ondřej Slabý from CEITEC are developing a new computational tool for personalized paediatric oncology - PredictSNP-Onco.

Continued cooperation with Armenia
15.6.2018 | More information...

The training “Sharing Experience of the Czech Republic in Risk Assessment with Environmental and Information Center expert from Armenia” took place at RECETOX, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic 4-8 June 2018. This activity is based on a contract between the UNIDO and the RECETOX supporting the implementation of the GEF project “Implementation of BAT and BEP for the reduction of UP-POPs releases from open burning sources”.

Job opportunity – Assistant Professor in environmental chemistry and toxicology
30.5.2018 | More information...

Dean of Faculty of Science, Masaryk University is opening positions of ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY AND TOXICOLOGY AT RESEARCH CENTRE FOR TOXIC COMPOUNDS IN THE ENVIRONMENT.

Job opportunity – Ph.D. student positions in organic chemistry
22.5.2018 | More information...

We invite applications for a Ph.D. position to work in the group of Prof. Vladimir Sindelář. The main role of this position is concerned with the synthesis of bambusuril receptors and the investigation of their properties. Background in host-guest chemistry and synthetic organic chemistry is preferred.

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