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Funding institution


Project description

Project title, type and project number

Sonata18 Project No. 2022/47/D/ST4/03286 entitled “Induced reactivity of triazole derivatives: theoretical and laser control of reverse "click" reaction”, 30/2024

Project leader

dr Dariusz G. Piekarski


This research initiative is dedicated to the theoretical and experimental exploration of the evolutionary dynamics of various molecular targets, including chiral molecules and molecular clusters of 1,2,3-triazole derivatives, driven by femto- and nanosecond laser pulses. Special emphasis will be placed on the influence of chiral light in these processes.

Our primary experimental objective is to establish a cross-beam laser-induced setup, enabling the systematic investigation of the aforementioned subjects. This investigation will primarily rely on the analysis of mass spectra obtained following laser irradiation, in conjunction with diverse ionization and excitation sources available through our collaborative research centers. The proposed experimental setup builds upon the foundation of prior projects conducted at our institute under the guidance of Prof. Jacinto Sá. It will encompass a comprehensive assessment of the chemical attributes of triazole derivatives, encompassing various substituents, including chiral centers, while also considering environmental factors through the assembly of molecular clusters.

The appointed researcher will be responsible for the development and meticulous application of the cross-beam experimental apparatus, employing a 1030 nm, 20W, 160 J, 300 fs laser and continuous molecular beam system to examine a broad spectrum of molecular targets.

This experimental endeavor will receive invaluable support from esteemed colleagues at leading European cross-beam experimental centers, namely CNRS (France) and CNR (Italy). Additionally, theoretical quantum chemical computations will be conducted in-house to complement and lead the empirical investigations.

Job description

Number of vacancies


Key responsibilities include

  • building and operating the cross-beam system including molecular beam generator and fs laser;
  • fully focusing on the experimental development section and on running the experiments on-site;
  • participating in the PI application for beam times at various experimental facilities;
  • contribution to the efficient functioning of the lab, including necessary organizational tasks;
  • scientific initiative and contribution through regular reporting and publishing, as well as presenting at group meetings, national and international conferences;

Position in the project

Postdoctoral researcher

Job type

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


around 11666 PLN gross/month

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement

6 months (with a prolongation option depending on funds and project needs, max. of 30 months).

We offer

We offer a post-doctoral position (full-time employment) in the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS with a gross salary of 140000 per year (11 666 PLN per month) financed from the NCN Sonata18 Project No. 2022/47/D/ST4/03286.  This experimental endeavor will receive invaluable support from esteemed colleagues at leading European cross-beam experimental centers, namely CNRS (France) and CNR (Italy). Autonomous position in the professional and dynamically developing innovative team. The successful candidate is expected to start work within the project: the earliest 01.08.2024, the latest 01.09.2024. 100% of the work time of the postdoc researcher will be devoted to the realization of the proposed project.

Career development prospects at IPC PAS

The successful candidate will benefit in form of new knowledge and methods added to his/her toolbox. The project deals with photocatalysis, sonochemistry, flow reactors, nanomaterials, and physical chemistry phenomena in general, so any profile of candidate will find some new knowledge to be gained upon realization of the project.

We plan to publish the results of the work in high impact factor journals.

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.

Link to Euraxess website

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Scientific discipline

Chemistry, physics, optics, atomic or molecular physics

Scientific profile of a candidate

Recognised Researcher (R2)


  1. PhD degree in in Physics or a closely related field 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);
  2. Publication record and rich (mobility) scientific experience;
  3. Ability to work independently as well as in a group;
  4. Significant research achievements in instruments development and construction (spectrometry, lasers) including its applications;
  5. Familiar with spectrometry coincidence characterization techniques, laser techniques, cross-beam experiments, continuous molecular jet optimization;
  6. Ability to communicate fluently in English (written and spoken);
  7. Strong motivation to work and pursue scientific questions, creativity, and analytical thinking;
  8. Experience in instrument development, especially from scratch, astrochemistry, and lasers would be a plus. Solid experience in troubleshooting standalone Time-of-Flight mass spectrometers and excellent communication skills in English are necessary.

Key assessment criteria

The Commission will take into account the following criteria:

  • competencies 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.
  • presented opinions via. recommendation letters.

The commission evaluates applications on a point scale.

Required documents
  • employment application,
  • cover letter,
  • professional curriculum vitae,
  • university degree diploma,
  • scan or photocopy of candidate's MSc and PhD degree,
  • a list of scientific achievements (publications, patents, conference presentations, etc.),
  • at least two letters of recommendation written by well-known scientists in the field.
Recruitment procedure

• Complete application should include the following items: employment application, professional curriculum vitae, university degree diploma and PhD certificate, a list of scientific achievements (publications, patents, conference presentations, etc.), at least two letters of recommendation written by well-known scientist in the field. The application deadline is on the 17th of July 2024 12:00 pm.

• Top candidates will be invited for an online or in-person interview (on the 22nd of July 2024). 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 will be announced on the 23rd of July 2024

• 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 Sonata18 contest

• The incomplete applications will 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.

• 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.

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Additional information

Candidate needs to meet formal requirements:

a) at the time of employment, he/she do not receive any other remuneration from the NCN funds in any form;

b) the project manager was not a supervisor / auxiliary supervisor in his/her doctoral thesis;

c) during the period of employment, he/she does not receive any other remuneration on the basis of an employment contract with any employer (also applies to an employer having its registered office outside the territory of the Republic of Poland)

How to Apply: Send application directly to;

IMPORTANT! email subject: “Rekrutacja 30/2024”


Application deadline

17.07.2024 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: 18.06.2024

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