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)



  • 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.


  • Sivek M., Kavina P., Jirásek J. (2019): New mineral policy of the Czech Republic of June 2017. Resources Policy 60, 246-254.

  • Tiewsoh L.S., Jirásek J., Sivek M. (2019): Electricity generation in India: Present state, future outlook and policy implications. Energies 12 (7), article No. 1361.

  • Zahradník J., Jirásek J., Zahradník J., Sivek M. (2019): Development of the diatomite production, reserves and its processing in the Czech Republic in 1999–2018. Gospodarka Surowcami Mineralnymi – Mineral Resources Management 35 (2) 31-48.


  • Jirásek J., Otava J., Matýsek D., Sivek M., Schmitz M.D. (2018): The radioisotopically constrained Viséan onset of turbidites in the Moravian-Silesian part of the Rhenohercynian foreland basin (Central European Variscides). International Journal of Earth Sciences 107 (2), 711-727.

  • Jirásek J., Opluštil S., Sivek M., Schmitz M.D., Abels H.A. (2018): Astronomical forcing of Carboniferous paralic sedimentary cycles in the Upper Silesian Basin, Czech Republic (Serpukhovian, latest Mississippian): New radiometric ages afford an astronomical age model for European biozonations and substages. Earth-Science Reviews 177, 715-741.

  • Matýsek D., Jirásek J., Skupien P., Thomson S.N. (2018): The Žermanice sill: new insights into the mineralogy, petrology, age, and origin of the teschenite association rocks in the Western Carpathians, Czech Republic. International Journal of Earth Sciences 107 (7), 2553-2574.