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Assistant or Assistant Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures

Brno, Czech Republic
Closing date
15 May 2024

Department Department of Romance Languages and Literatures – Faculty of Arts
Deadline 15 May 2024
Start date 1 October 2024
Job type full-time
Job field Science and research  |  Education and schooling

Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University announces an open competition for the position

Assistant or Assistant Professor

Workplace: Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University
EU Researcher Profile: R1 (Assistant) / R2 (Assistant Professor)
Amount of Working Hours: full-time - 40 hours per week
Number of Open Positions: 1
Expected Start: 1 October 2024 
Type of Employment Contract: ​​1 year​ with possibility of extension 
Application Deadline: 15 May 2024, 23:59 (CET – Prague)

We are looking for an Assistant or Assistant Professor with a focus on contemporary Italian literature at the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Faculty of Arts MU. For the position of Assistant Professor, the requirement is a completed doctoral degree (obtained within 10 years) in Italian literature or in Romance literatures; for the position of Assistant, the requirement is an ongoing doctoral studies in one of these fields at an advanced stage just before the completion of the dissertation. 



A 50% work commitment is expected in research activities. It is comprised of: 

  • Lecturing on contemporary Italian literature in Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programme. 
  • Participating in the organisational provision of teaching activity, in cooperation with the guarantors of the programmes. 
  • If necessary (no more than 2 hours per week), availability to collaborate in practical language courses with seminar activities directly related to the profile (e.g., improvement of oral or written skills by reading literary texts).
  • Supervising, consulting or reviewing bachelor’s and master’s theses. 
  • Assistant Professor: participation in state examination committees for bachelor's and master's studies. 


A 50% work commitment is expected in research activities. It is comprised of: 

  • Developing own research and publications as well as cooperation on joint research topics within the Department. 
  • Assistant Professor: publishing in relevant journals in the field indexed in Scopus and WoS databases (Q1-Q2) and openness to joint publications within the department. 
  • Involvement in the preparation and management of own and joint grant projects. 
  • Participation in the organisational support of research activities within the Department. 


  • Participation in ensuring operational and administrative activities related to the academic position according to the instructions of the department head. 
  • Routine administrative tasks in the administration of own courses, use of e-learning and communication with students via the MU Information System. 
  • Organising and participating in foreign internships for students and academic staff. 
  • Participation in the promotion of the field



  • Assistant: Master's degree in Italian literature, Italian philology or Romance philology is a prerequisite; ongoing doctoral studies in Italian literature or Romance literature is a prerequisite.
  • Assistant Professor: successful completion of a doctoral degree in Italian literature or Romance literature (by 10 years) is a prerequisite. 
  • A specialisation in contemporary Italian literature is a prerequisite; a broader overview of other contemporary Romance literatures is an advantage. 
  • Assistant Professor: continuous publications in the required field in peer-reviewed journals indexed in the Scopus or Web of Science databases (at least 3 articles in the last 5 years) - a requirement; involvement in international research teams and projects (as a team member or PI) - an advantage. 

Length of experience required 

  • Experience in the field is not required, but experience in teaching undergraduate students in a university environment is an advantage

Language skills 

  • knowledge of Italian language at C2 level or native speaker - a prerequisite  
  • knowledge of English language at least B2 level - a prerequisite 
  • knowledge of another Romance language - an advantage 

 Requirements related to job content

  • ability to communicate effectively with students and engage them in learning 

  • ability to provide constructive feedback to students 
  • ability to use modern teaching resources and materials 
  • ability to cooperate with colleagues within the study programmes and the department 
  • ability to contribute to the research projects of the department 
  • ability to participate in publication activities 
  • diligence, responsibility, reliability in fulfilling job tasks 

The advantage is 

  • knowledge of the university environment 
  • previous experience in working in education


Working environment 

  • stable working environment in a prestigious institution 
  • employment in a prestigious institution awarded by the HR Excellence in Research 
  • access to interesting projects 
  • the opportunity to work in an international, interdisciplinary team of experts
  • friendly and inspiring working environment  
  • convenient location of the faculty in the city centre  
  • a friendly approach to work-life balance 

Employee benefits  

8 weeks of paid vacation per year, flexible working hours with the possibility to work partly from home for better work life balance, meal allowance in the salary or for meals in canteens, pension insurance contribution or nursery school/ playgroup allowance, selected vaccinations free of charge, favourable mobile tariffs Vodafone, Multisport card, sports lessons organized by the Faculty of Sports Studies, the nursery school Elánek for children of employees near the faculty.  

Training and development 

Opportunities for training and personal development, e.g., language and other courses provided by MU, use of MU libraries, use of placements and mobilities abroad, participation in conferences, etc.


Please send your application via the electronic application link by 15052024 (please use the link in the Electronic Application section below) and please attach all required documents.  

The following documents are required as a part of your application:

  • cover letter specifying the area of research interest 
  • structured CV with an overview of previous experience 
  • ​​3 references (names and e-mails of referees) 
  • copies of proof of education  
  • overview of scientific and publishing activities  

Once your application has been successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation of acceptance to your e-mail address. After the e-application deadline, you will receive information about the next steps.

If you are unsure, please contact the FF MU Personnel Office: Mgr. Eva Brázdová Urbanová, e-mail:


Selection criteria:

  • submitting of all required documents in the e-application,
  • compliance of the candidate's profile with the requirements for the job as stated above.

Suitable candidates will be invited to a personal interview, which may also take the form of a videoconference. Selection procedures rules at the Faculty of Arts of MU can be found on our careers page here.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you!


Masaryk University is the second largest university in the Czech Republic, with 10 faculties and a number of other specialized units, more than 6,000 employees and 32,000 students. We are a university with a wide range of research areas in the humanities and natural sciences and a strong international position. Our mission is to provide education and research of the highest quality.

The Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University is one of the four founding faculties of Masaryk University and since its foundation in 1919 it has been not only an important center of humanities and social science education, science, research and development, but also an institution that actively participates in shaping the cultural life of the city and the region.

Traditionally, it has been profiled as a research-oriented faculty generating approximately one-fifth of MU's research volume. The faculty has more than 600 employees and by the student population of over 6,000 is the largest faculty at the university.

Since 2021, the faculty has been the proud holder of the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission.

You can find out more information about the faculty on the website or on Facebook

For information on HR work set according to European standards, visit the HR Award faculty website:


Information about the Department of Romance Languages and iteratures at the Faculty of Arts of MU can be found at: Ústav románských jazyků a literatur ( 

Contact person at the department for questions about the position:  
First name and surname: Egle Mocciaro 
Telephone: +420 549 494 887 

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