Education and Career

  • 2015: associate professor (doc.), field „Economic Geology“, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Commenisu University in Bratislava, Slovakia

  • 2005: Ph.D., study field “Geological Engineering”, Faculty of Mining and Geology, VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic

  • 2001: Ing., study field “Geological Engineering”, Faculty of Mining and Geology, VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic

Educational activities

Lectures and Tutorials

  • Geology of mineral deposits

  • Mineral deposit of the Czech Republic

  • Economic geology
  • Mining methods

Membership in organisations

  • since 2020: scientific board of the candidate national geopark Krajina břidlice (member)

  • since 2019: evaluation panel P210 Geochemistry, geology and mineralogy, hydrogeology of the Grant Agency of the Czech Republiuc (member)

  • since 2017: scientific advisory board of the GSM – Mineral Resources Management journal (member)

  • since 2014: Czech National Geological Comittee (member, chairman)

  • since 2010: Ad Hoc Group of External Scientific and Technical Experts – Geological Exploration of the Interoceanmetal Joint Organization Company (member)

  • since 2008: Czech Geological Society (member)

  • since 2008: Czech Association of Economic Geologists (member)

Research activities

Research interest

  • Geology of the sedimentary basins (including mineralogy and petrology)

  • Carboniferous and Permian stratigraphy of the Bohemian Massif

  • Mineral raw material and energy security and policy


  • Czech Science Foundatuion (GAČR) Lead Agency, reg. No. 22-11661K: Towards integrated stratigraphy of the Late Paleozoic in eastern equatorial Pangea (2022-2024)



  • Opluštil S., Laurin, J., Hýlová, L., Jirásek J., Schmitz M., Sivek M.: Coal-bearing fluvial cycles of the late Paleozoic tropics; astronomical control on sediment supply constrained by high-precision radioisotopic ages, Upper Silesian Basin. Earth-Science Reviews, vol. 228, article No. 103998.

  • Matýsek, D., Skupien, P., Bubík, M., Jirásek J., škoda, R.: Multi-stage alteration history of volcanic clasts containing buddingtonite from Upper Cretaceous strata of the Silesian Unit, Czech part of the Outer Flysch Carpathians. Mineralogy and Petrology, vol. 116, No. 6, pp. 429-441.

  • Matýsek D., Jirásek J.: Mineralogy of the coal waste dumps from the Czech part of the Upper Silesian Basin: Emphasized role of halides for element mobility. International Journal of Coal Geology, vol. 264, article No. 104138.


  • Matýsek D., Jirásek J., Skupien P. (2022): Formation of baryte and celestine during supergene processes on sedimentary rock outcrops. International Journal of Earth Sciences 111, 623-639.


  • Starý J., Jirásek J., Pticen F., Zahradník J., Sivek M. (2021): Review of production, reserves, and processing of clays (including bentonite) in the Czech Republic. Applied Clay Science 205, article No. 106049.

  • Matýsek D., Jirásek J. (2021): Manganese-rich carbonate and phosphate concretions from the Subsilesian Unit of the Outer Western Carpathians (Czech Republic): composition and unique selenium weathering products. Geologica Carpathica 72 (2), 155-169.


  • Jirásek J., Matýsek D., Alexa P., Osovský M., Uhlář R., Sivek M. (2020): High specific activity of radium isotopes in baryte from the Czech part of the Upper Silesian Basin – An example of spontaneous mine water treatment. Minerals 21 (2), article No. 103.

  • Sivek M., Jirásek J., Kavina P., Vojnarová M., Kurková T., Bašová A. (2020): Divorce after hundreds years of marriage: Prospects for coal mining in the Czech Republic with regard to the European Union. Energy Policy 142, article No. 111524.

  • Sivek M., Jirásek J. (2020): Influence of the geology of coal deposits on their extraction and urbanistic development: a case study of Petřvald (Czech part of the Upper Silesian Basin). Gospodarka Surowcami Mineralnymi – Mineral Resources Management 36 (2), 21-40.

  • Zahradník J., Jirásek J., Starý J., Sivek M. (2020): Production, Reserves, and Processing of Feldspar and Feldspathoid Rocks in the Czech Republic from 2005 to 2019 – An Overview. Minerals 10 (8), article No. 722.