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Funding institution


Project description

Project title, type and project number

National Science Centre, Poland, OPUS 25 Project No. 2023/49/B/ST11/01771 entitled “Hit and grow: An approach to synthesize core-shell nanomaterials for sensing, electrosynthesis and electrocatalysis”, 16/2024

Project leader

Dr hab. Piyush Sindhu Sharma, prof. IChF


Nanoparticles with functionally tuned shell surfaces can be of particular interest in various applications, such as electrosynthesis, electrocatalysis, and sensing. The proposed project with in Opus 25 will implement an electrochemical impact method for core-shell nanoparticle synthesis. Several functional and self-assembling monomers are planned to be synthesized for that purpose. The structural formula of these synthesized monomers will be based on its application in electrocatalysis and molecular recognition. Additionally, self-assembling monomers are planned to be synthesized. The project will also broaden fundamental knowledge of polymer science technology, nano-impact electrochemistry, and analytical chemistry. The proposed project will employ different technologies to propose a measurement system for environmental pollution due to antibiotics.

   The proposed fundamental research will also involve knowledge of mimicking natural molecular recognition in artificial analytical systems by target analyte molecular imprinting. The current project proposal is also focused on the realization of a novel method of preparing nanoparticles and applying them to perform a label-free detection and determination of antibiotics with high sensitivity (up to ng/L).

Job description

Number of vacancies


Key responsibilities include

Post-doc will be involved in the synthesis of functionalized electropolymerizable and self-assembling monomers, confirmation of synthesis of desired products through mass, element, NMR and IR analysis.

It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to perform experiments independently, plan the workflow and participate in the decision-making process.


  • Planning, and carrying out experimental work independently and maintenance of research data.
  • Preparation of reports and manuscripts.
  • Regular reporting and presenting at group meetings. Dissemination of results in national and international conferences.
  • Contribution to the efficient functioning of the lab (according to safety regulations), including necessary organizational tasks.

Position in the project

POST DOC position

Job type

• Type of contract: temporary • Status: full-time employment • Hours Per Week: 40


Around 9600 PLN gross

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement

• 12 months with possible extensions based on the performance

We offer

We offer a post-doctoral position (full-time employment) in the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS with a gross salary of around 9600 PLN per month financed from the NCN OPUS 25 Project No. 2023/49/B/ST11/01771. 100% of the work time of Postdoc will be devoted to the realization of the proposed project. The offer is for 12 months with possible extensions based on the performance (the maximum duration of the contract is planned for 24 months).

Career development prospects at IPC PAS

The project deals with electrochemistry, nanotechnology, and material sciences due to that the successful candidate will benefit in the form of new knowledge and methods added to his/her toolbox.

The successful candidate will be able to take advantage of all programs in the IPC PAS, including Young Scientists of IPC PAS competition and Mobility of Young Scientists of IPC PAS competition.

Institute provides an opportunity to participate in ERASMUS+ programme.

More details

see website

Scientific discipline

Organic Chemistry, and chemical technology or similar fields.

Scientific profile of a candidate

Recognised Researcher (R2)


1.  PhD degree in chemical or physical sciences, obtained in the year of employment in the project or within 7 years before 1 January of the year of employment in the project. For researchers with multiple PhDs, the date of the first PhD award is deemed the reference date. Extension might apply according to National Science Centre, Poland, rules.

2.  Publication record and rich scientific experience.

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

4.  Background in organic synthesis, and characterization techniques.

5.  Fluent in English (written and spoken).

6.  Strong motivation to work.

7.  Research experience in the electrochemistry fields will be advantageous.

Key assessment criteria

The Commission will take into account the following criteria:

a) competencies of candidates for specific tasks in a research project,

b) previous scientific achievements of candidates,

c) awards and distinctions of the candidate resulting from the conducted research.

The commission evaluates applications on a point scale.

Required documents
  • employment application,
  • professional curriculum vitae,
  • university degree diploma,
  • PhD certificate,
  • a list of scientific achievements (publications, patents, conference presentations, etc.),
  • at least one letter of recommendation written by academics.
Recruitment procedure

• The application deadline is on the 13 May, 2024, 12:00 PM.

• Top candidates will be invited for an online or in-person interview (on the 17 May 2024). A good command of English is required. We reserve the right to contact and reply to only selected candidates.

• A position will be offered to the person who obtains the highest number of points.

• The results of the recruitment are planned to be announced on the 28 May, 2024.

• Employment will take place in accordance with the provisions of the competition documentation of the National Science Center (NSC) for the OPUS 25


Employment policy of the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS

• The incomplete applications may not be considered.

• The results of the competition are made public.

• Candidates who have been issued a negative opinion by the Competition Committee or candidates not selected for employment have the right to appeal against the results of the evaluation. The appeal shall be lodged with the Director of the Institute within 7 days from the date of receipt of the appropriate information. The decision of the Director of the Institute shall be final.

Additional information

Candidate needs to meet formal requirements:

their PhD degree has been awarded by another institution than the one planned to employ them at this post or they have completed a continuous and evidenced post-doctoral fellowship of at least 10 months in another institution than the host institution for the project and in another country than the one in which they have been conferred a PhD degree;

they will be employed for a period of at least 6 months

at the time of receiving remuneration, they will not be receiving any other remuneration paid from the funds granted to research projects under NCN calls under the heading of direct costs

 the principal investigator was not a supervisor / auxiliary supervisor in his/her doctoral thesis;

in the period of receiving the remuneration they will be receiving no remuneration from another employer pursuant to an employment contract, including an employer with registered office outside of Poland.

How to Apply: Send application directly to;

IMPORTANT! email subject: “Recruitment no 16/2024” (emails without this number will not be considered)

Contact person: Piyush Sindhu Sharma,, +48 22 343 3811


A post-doc type post is a full-time post, scheduled by the project’s principal investigator for a person who has been conferred a PhD degree in the year of employment in the project or within 7 years before 1 January of the year of employment in the project. For researchers with multiple PhDs, the date of the first PhD award is deemed the reference date. This period may be extended by a time of long-term (in excess of 90 days) documented sick leaves or rehabilitation leaves granted on account of being unfit to work. In addition, the period may be extended by the number of months of a child care leave granted pursuant to the Labour Code and in the case of women, by 18 months for every child born or adopted, whichever manner of accounting for career breaks is preferable.


Application deadline

13.05.2024 12:00

Deadline for the settlement of the competition


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

Date of announcement: 11.04.2024

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