Job details

Place of work

Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw

Funding institution

National Science Centre (NCN)

Project description

Project title, type and project number

Physical insights into charging mechanisms and performance optimisation of nanoporous supercapacitors: From a single pore to porous networks, NCN SHENG2 Project No 2021/40/Q/ST4/00160, 29/2022

Project leader

Dr hab Svyatoslav Kondrat


The ever-growing global energy demand requires developing novel energy-storage technologies to increase energy production from renewable sources and the transition from hydrocarbon-based fuel to electrical drive. Supercapacitors with nanoporous electrodes have emerged as a critical energy-storage technology, offering high power densities and remarkable cyclability. However, they provide only moderate energy densities compared with conventional batteries. Neat ionic liquids as electrolytes allow high operating voltages (even more than 4 V), boosting energy storage, but the reduced ion mobility lowers the power density. Increasing the energy storage without compromising the power density would make these ecologically friendly energy storage systems more broadly applicable.

Job description

Number of vacancies


Key responsibilities include

  • Developing theoretical models for ion transport in porous electrodes
  • Running molecular simulations
  • Co-mentoring PhD students
  • Writing papers and presenting the results on national and international conferences

Position in the project


Job type

full-time employment


10 000 PLN/month That is the gross/gross amount including employer's expense. According to Polish law, it would be the subject of taxes, social and health insurance and other legal deductions.

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement

12 months, with a possible extension up to 36 months

We offer

We offer an NCN-funded 3-year post-doc position with a competitive salary and Erasmus+. The project will be carried out at the Institute of Physical Chemistry (IPC), located in the vibrant and fast-developing city of Warsaw. The IPC is the leading research institution in Poland and among the best in Central and East Europe. The project will be conducted in close collaboration with the group of Professor Guang Feng from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Wuhan, China.

Career development prospects at IPC PAS

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.

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More details

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Scientific discipline

Physic, physical chemistry

Scientific profile of a candidate

Recognised Researcher (R2)


We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated young scientist with a PhD degree in physics or chemistry obtained no earlier than 7 years before the starting year of the employment in the project (this period might be longer due to family reasons (according to NCN rules).

The successful candidate must be familiar with the theory of ion transport and have experience in simulations on HPC, and knowledge of python. A strong interest in multidisciplinary research are desirable. Excellent communication skills ( fluently in English (written and spoken))

Key assessment criteria

The Recruitment Commission will take into account the following criteria:

  • competencies of candidates for specific tasks in the research project (max 60 points)
  • previous scientific achievements of candidates  (max 30 points)
  • awards and distinctions of the candidate resulting from the conducted research (10 points).
  • The commission evaluates applications on a point scale  (max 100 points)
Required documents

CV, copy of PhD diploma, list of publications and research projects, cover (motivation) letter and a recommendation letter.

You will have to sign the consent to process your data (

Recruitment procedure

Send the required documents to with the title Rekrutacja 29/2022.

• Top candidates will be invited for an online or in-person interview. Good command of English is required. We reserve the right to contact and reply to only selected candidates.

• Only candidates with a minimum of 70 points would be considered for the position. A position will be offered to the person who obtains the highest number of points. The Recruitment Committee may not recommend any candidate for the position if no candidate would get at least 70 points.

• Employment will take place in accordance with the Employment policy of the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS and the provisions of the competition documentation of the National Science Center (NSC) for the OPUS-20 contest

• The incomplete applications will be not considered.

• The results of the competition are made public.

• Candidates who have been issued a negative opinion by the Recruitment 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.

• 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 (If he/she obtained at least 70 points in the recruitment process).

Additional information

Informal enquiries to S. Kondrat (  and  are welcome.


Application deadline

15.09.2022 23:59

Deadline for the settlement of the competition


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

Date of announcement: 2.08.2022

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