Human Resource Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)

The aim of the Human Resource Strategy for Researchers (“HRS4R”) of the Institute of Thermomechanics of the CAS is to align its guidelines and practices for research staff with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers & the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (“Charter & Code”). The Charter & Code principles ensure that the relationship between researchers and employers is conducive to successful research performance and to the career development of researchers.

 

1. Endorsement of the Charter & Code

On January 29,  2020 the Institute endorsed the Charter & Code principles to start its voluntary commitment to the implementation of its principles throughout the organization.

 

2. Establishment of the HRS4R Implementation Team

In January 2020 the HRS4R Implementation Team was established and tasked with designing the Institute’s Human Resource Strategy for Researchers. The goal of the HRS4R Implementation Team is to conduct the Gap Analysis, draw up the Action Plan, submit the Institute’s application for HR Excellence in Research Award and implement and continuously develop the Institute’s HRS4R Strategy. The team was selected to represent all stakeholders involved in the HRS4R process – the researchers at all levels (R1-R4), the management and the administrative & supporting staff:

Name Position Management line/ Department
Jiří Plešek (R4) Director Institute management
Patrik Zima HRS4R implementation manager / Head of Office of Research Support Administrative support
Miroslav Chomát (R4) Deputy Director / Chairman of the Committee for PhD Students Institute management, Research Department D6
Václav Vinš (R4) Vice Director for R&D Institute management, Research Department D2
Michal Blaháček Vice Director for Financial Affairs & Operations Institute management
Klára Jurčáková (R3) Chairman of the Supervisory Board Institute management + Research Department D1
Viktor KratochvĂ­l External HRS4R Consultant Institute of Physiology of the CAS
Marie Kajprová HR & PR specialist Administrative support
Růžena Černická HR & payroll manager (involved indirectly) Administrative support
Jana Peroutková HR & payroll assistant (involved indirectly) Administrative support
Luděk Pešek (R4) Head of Research Department Research Department D3
Radka Kellnerová (R3) Researcher Research Department D1
Olga Prokopová (R3) Researcher Research Department D2
Tomáš Němec (R3) Researcher Research Department D6
Chandra S. Prasad (R2) Postdoctoral researcher Research Department D3
Hanuš Seiner (R4) Head of Research Department Research Department D5
Jan Kozánek (R3) Chairman of the trade union Research Department D3
Pavel Formánek IT manager (involved indirectly) Technical support

 

The design and implementation of the HRS4R Strategy is conducted by 4 workgroups and overseen by the Steering Committee:

SC – Steering Committee: M. Chomát, V. Vinš, M. Blaháček, P. Zima, M. Kajprová, Ch. S. Prasad, V. Kratochvíl
WG1 – Work Group on Ethical Aspects: L. Pešek, R. Kellnerová, O. Prokopová, V. Vinš
WG2 – Work Group on Recruitment and Selection: M. Chomát, M. Kajprová, P. Zima
WG3 – Work Group on Working Conditions: K. Jurčáková, M. Blaháček, T. Němec
WG4 – Work Group on Training and Supervision: Ch. S. Prasad, H. Seiner, J. Kozánek

In 2020, the Institute secured funding for the Institute’s application for HR Excellence in Research Award from the project “Strategic Management Development of the Institute of Thermomechanics of the CAS (HR Award)” (2020-2022) of the Operational Programme Research, Development and Education (OP RDE) of the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth & Sports, reg. no. CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/18_054/0014697.

 

3. Gap Analysis

The aim of the Gap Analysis was to determine where current practice of the Institute deviates from the Charter & Code principles. The GAP Analysis process involved all HRS4R stakeholders including researchers at all levels (R1-R4) by means of individual meetings / discussions and an online survey conducted in August-September 2020.

 

4. HRS4R Strategy

The core of the HRS4R Strategy of the Institute is the Action Plan and the Open, Transparent and Merit-Based Recruitment (“OTM-R”) policy. The Action Plan is a set of measures and indicators to rectify gaps found in the Gap Analysis and to implement the principles of the Charter & Code. The OTM-R policy is a set of guidelines and procedures aligning the recruitment and selection process of the Institute with the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers and the recommended OTM-R policies as set out in the Report of the ERA-SGHRM Working Group on Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment of Researchers.

 

5. Action Plan Implementation Progress

Action A1 (to be completed by 31.12.2021): ongoing
Action A2 (to be completed by 31.12.2021):
Action A3 (to be completed by 31.12.2022):
Action A4 (to be completed by 30.06.2022):
Action A5 (to be completed by 30.06.2021): ongoing
Action A6 (to be completed by 30.06.2022):
Action A7 (to be completed by 31.12.2021):
Action A8 (to be completed by 31.12.2022):
Action A9 (to be completed by 31.12.2021):
Action A10 (to be completed by 31.12.2022):
Action A11 (to be completed by 31.12.2022):
Action A12 (to be completed by 31.12.2022):
Action A13 (to be completed by 30.06.2022):
Action A14 (to be completed by 30.06.2022):
Action A15 (to be completed by 31.12.2022): ongoing
Action A16 (to be completed by 31.12.2022):
Action A17 (to be completed by 31.12.2021):
Action A18 (to be completed by 31.12.2022):
Action A19 (to be completed by 31.12.2022):

Links:

European Charter for Researchers & the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers

Human Resource Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)

Endorsement Letter (29/01/2020)

GAP analysis – process (29/03/2021)

Action Plan (29/03/2021)

OTM-R checklist (29/03/2021)