Recruitment of the leader of Natural Products Research group

ProjectNatural Products Research at Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis as a Driver for Excellence in Innovation
Career profileR4
Application deadline20/03/2023

Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis (LIOS) is offering a fixed-term position of the leader of the Natural Products Research (NPR) group. The position is offered within the call HORIZON-WIDERA-2022-TALENTS-01 ERA Chair project Natalion.

The main research directions of the NPR group will be:

  • focus on accessing microbial diversity unique to Baltic area;
  • setting up collections of ready-to-screen microbial fermentation extracts;
  • establishing metabolomics platform;
  • establishing genomic platform.

Evaluation criteria and methodology for the recruitment of the leader of the Natural Products Research Group (download).

Responsibilities and obligations
  • To establish and lead the NRP group (incl. recruitment and management of the group).
  • To rise funding for and manage public and private competitive research projects.
  • To coordinate research activities with other LIOS research groups leading to integration with other Chemical Biology expertise at LIOS.
  • To engage in supervising of student research work (PhDs and MScs).
  • To disseminate her/his research results in peer-reviewed scientific articles and to conduct other knowledge transfer activities.
  • To commit for full period of the Natalion grant.
  • To take due care of innovation management and be engaged on broader valorisation activities of the research results.
  • To adhere to ethical standards.
  • To respect contractual and legal obligations.
  • To act according to professional standards.
  • To have flexibility in working time.
  • To have stability of employment.
  • To have safe and up-to date work environment (incl. the right to define the necessary infrastructure).
  • To enjoy equal non-discriminatory treatment throughout career development path.
  • To enjoy scientific freedom in research activities in the domain of NPR.
  • To freely choose (short-term) mobility.
  • To enjoy IP and Co-authorship rights.
  • To choose measures for professional development.
  • To receive agreed upon remuneration.
  • To conduct supervising of student research work.
  • To have rights to complaints and appeals.
  • To participate in decision making bodies, e.g. LIOS Scientific council.
  • All the above mentioned responsibilities, rights, and obligations are enforced by employment contract and LIOS internal rules and regulations.
  • Basic salary EUR 64 560,- p.a. before tax.
  • Bonus payments for articles in high impact journals, supervised PhD and MSc thesis, awarded and managed public and private competitive projects.
  • Health insurance.
  • Dedicated funding for: a) training and short term mobility (e.g. scientific conferences); b) upgrade and build-up of infrastructure; c) development of NPR group (~5 FTEs) with secured financing for 5 years.
Applications must be in English and include
  • motivation letter, particularly outlining experience in NPR;
  • CV, including academic qualifications, mobility experience, management experience, teaching and supervising record (MSc and PhD thesis supervised), and fundraising experience (composition, number, and monetary volume of research projects);
  • optional – recommendation letters on leadership skills and teamwork;
  • research plan – will only have to be submitted at the second round of the selection process.
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