Recruitment No 39/2023 Student – Scholarship Position

Universities and Institutes of Poland
September 28, 2023
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15 Sep 2023

Job Information


Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences


Living Materials group (T2)

Research Field

Chemistry » Physical chemistry

Physics » Biophysics

Technology » Nanotechnology

Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)



Application Deadline

28 Sep 2023 - 23:00 (Europe/Warsaw)

Type of Contract


Job Status

Not Applicable

Hours Per Week


Offer Starting Date

3 Oct 2023

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme

Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Student positions available in the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS within National Science Centre (NSC) OPUS 18 Project No 2019/35/B/ST5/03229 „ Dynamic and Responsive Langmuir-Blodgett Films" (leader Prof. Jan Paczesny )

The limitation of equilibrium self-assembly (ESA) is that for a given set of thermodynamic parameters, the system will evolve to the equilibrium state at which it will persist – that is, ESA evolves components into stable, ordered structures, of which crystals are perhaps most representative. On the other hand, thermodynamic equilibrium conditions preclude self-assembly at steady states, at which order is maintained at the cost of externally delivered energy (which is, in part, dissipated to produce entropy). All organisms consume and dissipate externally delivered energy (in food or radiation) to power their internal operation and maintain order. Moreover, depending on the incoming energy flux, these organisms can reconfigure to perform different functions. These properties illustrate the promise of self-assembly outside of equilibrium – the so-called dynamic self-assembly, DySA – to create life-like, reconfigurable, and “intelligent” materials and systems. The study of DySA is a relatively new area of research, with the name itself proposed only in the 2000 Nature paper by Grzybowski, Stone, and Whitesides. However, DySA in Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films remains an unexplored field having several publications on the topic. Dynamic changes within Langmuir films directly at the air/water interface are usually imposed only due to mechanical compression. Adding a new layer of complexity to the system might open new applications for these well-established methods.

The project concerns designing and synthesizing stimuli-responsive materials that can create the DySA system at the air-water interphase. Further, the physicochemical properties of such created films will be measured under various external stimuli such as electromagnetic field, temperature, light, etc.


Research Field


Education Level

Bachelor Degree or equivalent

Research Field


Education Level

Bachelor Degree or equivalent

Research Field

Technology » Nanotechnology

Education Level

Bachelor Degree or equivalent


From our experience the background in chemistry, physics or nanotechnology would be appropriate.

Specific Requirements

1. Ability to work independently as well as in a group.

2. Good background in physical chemistry.

3. Proficiency in English speaking and writing.





Research Field

ChemistryPhysicsTechnology » NanotechnologyEngineering » Materials engineering

Years of Research Experience

1 - 4
Additional Information


We offer a 1200 PLN per month stipend financed from the OPUS 18 Project No 2019/35/B/ST5/03229. The stipend is for 10 months, with a possible extension to 12 months, depending on the project duration.

Career perspectives: The successful candidate will be part of a highly experienced, multi-disciplinary team. He/She will have the possibility to broaden his/her knowledge and gain hands-on experience in the field of nanomaterials and living materials. Chosen student will be encouraged to participate in interesting events happening in Poland, i.e. meetings of Association of Students of Chemistry (OSChem by ASSChem), Symbioza conferences or meetings of the students section of the Polish Association of Chemists. The institute provides an opportunity to participate in ERASMUS + programme.

Eligibility criteria

At the starting date of the work within the project, the applicant should be a student of extramural second degree studies or third degree studies (i.e., holding a Master of Science (or equivalent) degree, preferably in chemistry, physics or related field).

Complete application should include the following items:

  • application letter,
  • professional curriculum vitae,
  • recommendation letter from a scientist holding a PhD in chemistry or related fields,
  • optionally university degree diploma (e.g., MSc, BSc, Eng.),
  • a list of scientific achievements (publications, patents, conference presentations, etc.).
  • Selection process

    Application deadline is on September 28 , 2023, 23:00

    The best candidates who meet the competition requirements will be invited for an interview (or a conference call). The interviews will take place on the 2 of October 2023. A good command of English is required.

    The commission evaluates applications on a point scale. ACCORDING TO THE REGULATIONS OF NCN SCIENTIFIC SCHOLARSHIPS FOR RESEARCH PROJECTS FINANCED BY THE NATIONAL SCIENCE CENTER https: // www. rady/2019/uchwala252019-zal1.pdf and in accordance with the Employment policy of the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS https: //

    The scholarship may be awarded to the next candidate on the ranking list if the winner of the competition resigns from signing the scholarship agreement.

    The Commission will take into account the following criteria:

  • competencies of candidates for specific tasks in a research project,
  • previous scientific achievements of candidates,
  • awards and distinctions of the candidate resulting from the conducted research.
  • The commission evaluates applications on a point scale.

    The scholarship will be awarded to the person who obtains the highest number of points.

    The results of the recruitment will be announced on October 2, 2023.

    The results of the competition are made public.

    The scheduled date of starting work within the Project is October 3 , 2023

    Additional comments

    Apply via email: [email protected], IMPORTANT: email title “Rekrutacja nr 39/2023”

    (emails without this number will not be considered!).

    By submitting the application you consent to the processing of your personal data in the recruitment process.

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    Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences







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    Kasprzaka 44/52


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