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.

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.

Interview with two RECETOX professors
17.4.2018 | More information...

The Rafts4Biotech project website published a large interview with two leaders of the Protein Engineering Programme at RECETOX. Professors Jiří Damborský and Zbyněk Prokop discussed potential of using bacteria in eliminating industrial trash and some types of synthetic chemicals. In line with their experience, biotechnology can be used, with the help of the mocrofluid chip robot to engineer bacteria to a range of new tasks. Full version of the interview is available here.

Workshop for CEE countries on effective participation in BRS expert groups
10.4.2018 | More information...

A training workshop for the Central and Eastern European and Central Asian countries to strengthen their capacities to participate effectively in meetings of the Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions expert groups - Persistent Organic Pollutant Review Committee (POPRC) and the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) respectively was organized by SCRC Czech Republic at RECETOX premises on 6–8 February 2018.

Workshop of Biophysical Chemists and Electrochemists and Summer School of Electrochemistry
2.3.2018 | More information...

We would like to invite you to the Workshop of Biophysical Chemists and Electrochemists and the XII. Summer School of Electrochemistry, which will take place on 12 to 14 September 2018 in the Masaryk University Campus (building A11, room 205 – WBPCHE, and building A12, LABIFEL-LSE laboratories).

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