Job details

Recruitment result
Place of work

Institute of Physical Chemistry (IPC) PAS, Group 9: "Coordination metal complexes and functional materials"

Funding institution

National Science Centre

Project description

Project title, type and project number

“Towards novel generation of anodes based on halide perovskites for li-ion batteries” OPUS 21, No 2021/41/B/ST5/04450

Project leader

Prof. dr hab. Inż. Władysław Wieczorek (Faculty of Chemistry, Warsaw University of Technology) Researcher responsible for implementation of the project at IPC PAS: Dr inż. Michał Leszczyński (Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences)


The main objective of the project is to utilise tailor-made perovskite-type materials as major negative electrode components as well as artificial solid electrolyte interface (SEI) protecting layers for a new generation of Li-ion batteries. All materials will be prepared using innovative mechanochemical procedure by grinding of solid state precursors. Physicochemical properties of novel “mechanoperovskites” will be examined by a variety of techniques. Afterwards, the developed materials will be subjected to extensive electrochemical investigation in order to evaluate their applicability in Li-ion batteries. The final stage of the research involves preparation of new energy storage devices based on the results achieved in the course of the project.

Job description

Number of vacancies


Key responsibilities include

The role of the PhD student will include synthesis of functional porous carbon materials for energy storage applications, in particular:

  • Design and synthesis of the coordination polymers used a precursors to porous carbon materials
  • Investigation of the transformation of the developed precursors into porous carbon materials involving optimization of the transformation conditions.
  • Detailed analysis of the developed carbon materials.

Moreover, the PhD student will be involved in writing publications and reports.


Position in the project

PhD Student - scholarship position

Job type

PhD Student - scholarship position


4850 PLN per month

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement

7 months scholarship

We offer

  • 7-month scholarship of PLN 4850 per month financed from the NCN OPUS 21 Project No. 2021/41/B/ST5/04450
  • Participation in high impact and timely research.
  • Access to unique technology and modern research laboratories.
  • Opportunity to work in a team of dedicated researchers and technologists.
  • Opportunity to advance scientific knowledge and gain hands-on experience at the border between theory and experiment.
  • Participation in international conferences.

Career development prospects at IPC PAS

The successful candidate will gain experience in the prospective scientific field of functional materials involving the design, synthesis, analysis and application stages. In particular, this scholarship is a chance to develop key skills in research concerning coordination polymers and porous carbon materials. 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. The Institute provides an opportunity to participate in ERASMUS+ program.

More details

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Scientific profile of a candidate

First Stage Researcher (R1)


  • Applicant should have a PhD student status according to “REGULATIONS FOR AWARDING NCN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NCN-FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECT”
  • Good practical and theoretical knowledge related to the field of study
  • University degree in chemistry or related scientific discipline
  • Good language skills in English
  • Experience in laboratory work in the field of inorganic chemistry and/or mechanochemistry.
  • Experience in the use of synthetic and analytical techniques crucial for the project (e.g. PXRD, FTIR, UV-Vis, PL, TGA-DSC)

Key assessment criteria

The Commission will take into account the following criteria and evaluate applications on a point scale:

  • The candidate’s research achievements, including publications in prestigious academic press /journals (50% of the final score),
  • Research-related achievements, scholarships, awards and research experience gained in Poland or abroad, research workshops and training courses, participation in research projects (20% of the final score).
  • The candidate’s competence to carry out specific tasks in the research project (30% of the final score).
Required documents
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of scientific achievements (scholarships, awards, publications, patents, conference presentations, research experience gained in Poland or abroad, research workshops and training courses, etc.)
  • Recommendation letter(s). At least one opinion of the candidate from a specialist in a relevant field of science.
  • Motivation letter
  • Copy of the Masters Diploma
  • Confirmation of having the status of a PhD student at a scientific institution in Poland.
Recruitment procedure

The scholarship will be awarded in accordance with the rules defined by National Science Center’s document "REGULATIONS FOR AWARDING NCN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NCN-FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECT” https://www.ncn.govpl/sites/default/files/pliki/uchwaly-rady/2019/uchwala25_2019-zal1_ang.pdf and the Employment policy of the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS
The Commission will analyze CVs of the candidates. The top candidates will be invited for an online interview (06.05.2024). Good command of English is required. We reserve the right to contact and reply only to selected candidates.
- The incomplete applications will be not considered.
- The scholarship will be awarded to the person who obtains the highest number of points.
- The results of the competition are made public.
- 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.

Additional information

How to Apply: Send application directly to;

IMPORTANT! email subject: “Recruitment no. 17/2024”

(emails without this number will not be considered)

More information:


Application deadline

30.04.2024 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: 12.04.2024

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