Job details

Recruitment result
Place of work

Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences

Funding institution

National Science Centre (NSC)

Project description

Project title, type and project number

Novel nanocatalysts in the continuous - flow selective hydrogenation processes towards formation of pharmaceutical intermediates OPUS17 2019/33/B/ST5/01271, 21/2021

Project leader

Anna Śrębowata, PhD, DSc


OPUS 17's research strategy focuses on developing new 3d transition metal catalysts (Co, Cu, Ni, Fe) for hydrogenation processes, using molecular hydrogen, leading to the formation of high-value chemicals such as vitamin and drug precursors. The planned research will allow creating a relationship between the structure of catalysts and their reactivity in these processes. Catalytic tests will be conducted in a continuous flow mode, which greatly simplifies the process and allows large-scale reactions to be carried out, using different substrates in the sequence, on the same catalyst, thus limiting its amount used. Student will be involved in the synthesis of monometallic and bimetallic catalysts, their thoroughly characterization by physicochemical methods and their investigation in the continuous - flow hydrogenation process. MSc student will be directly supervised by the leader of the project.

Job description

Number of vacancies


Key responsibilities include

  • Conducting research tasks under the supervision;
  • Maintaining regular research notes;
  • Contribution at group meetings.

Position in the project

MSc student – scholarship position

Job type



1000 PLN/month

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement

9 month

We offer

  • Participation in high impact and timely research;
  • Access to unique technology and modern research laboratories;
  • Opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary and young research group, with strong support in catalysis;
  • Participation in national conferences.

Link to Euraxess website

see website

Scientific discipline

chemistry, chemical technology or related fields

Scientific profile of a candidate

First Stage Researcher (R1)


  • At the starting date of the work within the project, applicant should be a student of intramural or extramural second degree studies, conducted in universities on Polish territory or should be a student of the fourth or fifth year of intramural or extramural uniform master's studies carried out at universities on the territory of the Republic of Poland;
  • Teamwork skills;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Interest in topics related to the project;
  • Ability to read and analyze scientific publications;
  • Good command of the English language

Key assessment criteria

  • Competences 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
Required documents

A complete application should include the following items:

  • curriculum vitae,
  • motivation letter,
  • optionally university degree diploma (e.g. BSc, Eng.)…………..
  • a certificate from the university confirming the candidate's status
Recruitment procedure

The scholarship will be awarded in accordance with the NSC regulations: „Regulamin przyznawania stypendiów naukowych NCNw projektach badawczych finansowanych ze środków Narodowego Centrum Nauki” 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.
  • The results of the competition are made public.
  • If the chosen candidate will resign before signing the contract, another person from the list of candidates may be selected.
Additional information

Please, send an application directly to

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Application deadline

23.06.2021 0:00

Deadline for the settlement of the competition


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

Date of announcement: 7.06.2021

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