Publish Date: 12.02.2021

Category: Job vacancies



The University of Ljubljana invites candidates to apply for the position of




Number of positions posted: 1

Position code: H019007

Salary scale: IX 

Salary subgroup: H

Status: full time

Type of employment contract: temporary until 31. 12. 2024 (for the work on project COMPETE)

Probation period: 3 months  

Based on funds obtained under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 work programme in the Call for Applications of the European Research Area, ERA Chair, the University of Ljubljana has established a Chair of Micro Process Engineering and Technology (COMPETE) research centre. The centre links together micro-process engineering disciplines – (bio)chemical, mechanical and electrical engineering – with basic research in biophysics, (bio)chemistry and microbiology with the aim of creating new advances in biomedicine, biotechnology, food quality assessment and environmental protection. There is an opening for the position of head of the COMPETE centre (ERA Chair Holder). The candidate must be an exceptional scientist with experience in the field of heading up research and managing people, as well as in securing research funding.

The COMPETE Chair Holder (M/F) will be employed for the duration of the project (until 31 December 2024) in the position of research fellow. The Chair Holder will lead the research group and conduct research in fields of his/her own choosing. For the duration of the project the Chair Holder may use project funds to secure the collaboration of researchers with doctoral degrees and doctoral students in agreement with the project’s strategic committee and project coordinator. Cooperation with members of other groups at UL and other academic and industrial partners is expected.

The COMPETE Chair Holder should as a matter of urgency initiate applications for securing new projects and thereby secure the centre’s research funding. The Chair Holder will have joint responsibility for disseminating research results and public presentation of projects.

The Chair Holder will also be responsible for ensuring the sustainability of the COMPETE centre upon the conclusion of funding for the project ERA Chair COMPETE.


More about the project:


Brief description of work and tasks:

  •           planning, organising and managing the COMPETE centre
  •           establishing an interdisciplinary research team covering micro-process engineering, microfabrication technologies and microfluidics-based research
  •           managing the COMPETE project team
  •           conducting research work in line with the project goals
  •           appointing heads of individual work units
  •           meeting regularly with the strategic committee and the project coordinator
  •           communicating with the advisory committee every six months
  •           analysing current conditions and implementing necessary structural changes
  •           implementing an improved long-term human resources strategy aimed at promoting gender equality and the  professional and career development of researchers
  •           increasing the research excellence of the University of Ljubljana and linking the University of Ljubljana and its researchers to industry
  •           securing funds for research, preparing project proposals
  •           promoting the University of Ljubljana with the aim of increasing its visibility
  •           technology transfer to industry
  •           preparing and implementing international and industrial projects and other forms of cooperation
  •           publishing research
  •           guiding the research focus of COMPETE project group members and expanding project activities
  •           activities in education and the creation of new postgraduate study fields at the University of Ljubljana
  •           heading up the organisation of international summer schools and workshops.


Conditions for the position:

-          doctorate of science in a natural science or technical field

-          valid habilitation title of a research fellow in the field of natural or technical sciences. Candidates who hold a valid habilitation title at the University of Ljubljana or the title of guest researcher at the University of Ljubljana will meet the conditions. The position is also open to candidates who at the time of applying do not hold a valid title, but meet the conditions for election to the relevant title as laid down by the University of Ljubljana Criteria. In this case, together with their application they must submit a reference list of published material and a CV. The Selection Committee may then propose the initiation of the procedure for acquiring the title.

-          a command of the English language

-          innovativeness, a sense for organising work, communicativeness

-          international scientific visibility

-        4 years of work experience in at least one of the technical project fields: microfabrication technologies, (bio)chemical processes in microreactors, microfluidics-based cell analysis, or the use of microfluidics in medicine (priority will be given to candidates with extensive experience in these fields)

-          proven experience in applications and management of international research and industrial projects

-          proven capacity for the work and tasks in the job description

-          probationary period: 3 months.


Gross Annual Base Salary for the 46th salary grade is EUR 30.868,08.

The employee will be eligible for additional benefits and incentives, so that his potential gross annual income may be between 42.000 and 49.500 EUR.


Application deadline: 10 March 2021

Candidates should send applications with attached supporting documents to the e-mail address: .


Contact person:

Prof. Dr. Polona Žnidaršič Plazl



The University of Ljubljana promotes gender equality in its employment and work.