Academic mobility

23. 11. 2022 from 14:00, Masaryk University Brno

Do you study a PhD program or are you considering to join one? Still unsure, what the degree will be useful for and how your career may look like if academia is not your cup of tea? We invited inspiring people who left academia to run their own business, do research in a private company or become a freelance PhD holder to share their experience with non-academic careers.

The workshop is organized in cooperation with University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague (aka VŠCHT Praha).


The workshop is open to students of Masaryk University. We believe it will be most beneficial for PhD students, however even motivated undergraduate students may benefit from attending.

This workshop is co-organized within the MUNI Career Days with the support of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

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14:00 - 14:30

MH Kolář: Opening word + German experience

14:30 - 14:50

M Lang

14:50 - 15:10

J Mašek

15:15 - 16:00

Panel discussion

16:00 - 17:00

Coffee and cookies, networking, and informal discussions


RNDr. Michal H. Kolář, Ph.D.

group leader, University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague

Michal is a theoretical biophysicist based in Prague, Czech Republic. His expertise ranges from high-level quantum chemistry to large-scale simulations of biomolecules. He obtained his PhD from Charles University in Prague and then worked as a Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow in Jülich, Germany. He spent two more years abroad at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany. Currently, he is an assistant professor at UCT Prague. His group studies protein synthesis on ribosomes while keeping some older topics about small molecules still alive.

Michal shares his flat with four beloved ladies – one wife and three daughters. He's enthusiastic about science but somewhat tends to downshift. Every summer, he spends two wonderful weeks co-organizing Běstvina summer school for gifted teenagers. Michal likes traveling by train and dislikes tomatoes.

Mgr. Martin Lang, Ph.D.

head of LEVYNA, Masaryk University Brno

Martin Lang obtained his Ph.D. at Masaryk University in 2016 for a dissertation on the effects of ritual behavior on anxiety and social bonding. During his graduate career, Martin worked at the Anthropology Department at the University of Connecticut with Dimitris Xygalatas, and after obtaining his Ph.D., he worked for two years at the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University with Joseph Henrich. Martin is currently an assistant professor at the Department for the Study of Religions at Masaryk University where he serves as a director of LEVYNA: Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion.

Mgr. Jan Mašek, Ph.D.

group leader, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague

Originally coming from the laboratory of Vitezslav Bryja in Brno where he got charmed by the Wnt/b-catenin signaling pathway. He continued in Prague in Zbynek Kozmik´s lab focusing on the role of transcription factor Tcf7l1 in early events of the mammalian neural crest cell development. He did his postdoc in Emma Andersson´s lab at Karolinska institute studying the specificity of the individual Notch ligands towards their receptors in the context of early liver formation and disease.

His current goal as a group leader is to create a thriving research hub for studies of signaling cross-talk in various contexts of mammalian development and disease.