Job details

Recruitment result
Place of work

Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS

Funding institution

National Science Centre

Project description

Project title, type and project number

Artificial intelligence-assisted 3D digital manufacturing of functionally graded materials: towards the next generation of porous materials, OPUS, 2020/37/B/ST8/02167, 11/2021

Project leader

Dr Marco Costantini


The goal of this project is the development of new tools for the design and manufacturing of 3D porous functionally graded materials (pFGMs) that exhibit tailored mechanical properties, in particular pre-designed energy absorption profiles. The ability of controlling the energy absorption of graded materials is of critical importance in a vast range of industrial applications that span from aerospace and construction to transportation and bioengineering. However, due to the intrinsic complexity of pFGMs and the lack of a comprehensive model for such material design, researchers working in the field have limited possibilities and often prefer to proceed with empirical trial-and-error approaches. Here, we propose a new approach towards the design and fabrication of pFGM aimed at i) developing efficient in silico (numerical) modeling of such complex materials enabling the design of porous structures with required mechanical properties, and ii) simplifying / extending the manufacturing procedures.

Job description

Number of vacancies


Key responsibilities include

  • To develop the protocols for the manufacture of polymeric, ceramic and metal pFGMs using the custom 3D printing set up.
  • To support the PI in the design, fabrication and optimization of the microfluidic printing heads

Position in the project

Phd Student

Job type

Stypendium naukowe NCN


5000 PLN/month gross

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement

36 months

We offer

  • Participation in high impact and timely research;
  • Access to unique technology and modern research laboratories;
  • Opportunity to advance scientific knowledge and gain hands-on experience at the border between materials science and digital manufacturing;
  • Opportunity to work in a dynamic, multidisciplinary team of experienced chemists, engineers and biologists;
  • Participation in international conferences and Erasmus+ programmes;

Scientific profile of a candidate

First Stage Researcher (R1)


Ideal candidate has a Master degree in materials science, chemistry, physics, or similar fields. Prior research experience in 3D printing or porous material synthesis via foam / emulsion templating will be considered a plus.

Candidate must meets any of the following criteria:

a) is a student of a full-time first or second-cycle degree programme or uniform Master’s studies at a university in Poland;

b) is a participant in a doctoral programme;

c) is a doctoral candidate at a doctoral school.

Candidates can simultaneously apply for Warsaw PhD School in Natural and BioMedical Sciences in order to meet the criteria.

Key assessment criteria

  • The candidate’s competence to carry out specific tasks in the research project;
  • Experience in using 3D printing systems, in the formulation of inks for 3D printing, and in multiphase system synthesis (foams, emulsions)
  • The candidate’s research achievements, including publications in prestigious academic press /journals;
  • Research-related achievements, scholarships, awards and research experience gained in Poland or abroad, research workshops and training courses, participation in research projects
Required documents
  • Scientific curriculum vitae, including a list of scientific achievements
  • Motivation letter
  • At least one recommendation letter
  • A transcript of the grades/credits received during the last stage of studies and grade point average
Recruitment procedure
  • The best applicants will be invited for an interview (on-site or online).
  • The scholarship will be awarded in accordance with the NCN regulations: "Rules of granting scholarships to young scientists in research projects" (Annex to Resolution No 25/2019 of the NCN Council, 14.03.2019) and in accordance with the Employment policy of the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS (
  • The commission evaluates applications on a point scale. The scholarship will be awarded to the person who obtains the highest number of points
  • If the top candidate does not sign the contract, due to the resignation, we reserve the right to choose the next candidate from the ranking list
  • The results of the competition are made public
Additional information

Send an application directly to
IMPORTANT: email title “Recruitment 11-2021”


Application deadline

31.05.2021 16:00

Deadline for the settlement of the competition


Archival announcement. We would like to thank all candidates for their submitted applications.

Date of announcement: 7.04.2021

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