Job details

Recruitment result
Place of work

Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences

Funding institution


Project description

Project title, type and project number

Chemistry and photochemistry in photonic cavities NCN OPUS 2019/35/B/ST4/00297, 32/2022

Project leader

Jacek Waluk


We want to check whether the rates of basic chemical reactions - proton and electron transfer - can be changed by placing the molecules in appropriately designed photonic cavities. The studies will include modification of reactivity in both ground and electronically excited states. Various methodologies will be tested, including (i) generating nanocavity-induced shifts of the energies of electronic transitions of the reactants or products and (ii) creating vibrational polaritons in order to affect the multidimensional reaction path. Our studies will also shed light on the influence of nanocavities on (i) hydrogen bond properties, (ii) photostability, (iii) Raman scattering, (iv) photophysics, and (v) magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) spectra.

Job description

Number of vacancies


Key responsibilities include

  • Preparation of nanocavities
  • Spectral measurements
  • Analysis of results
  • Preparation of publications

Position in the project


Job type

Full-time employment for one year


PLN 10 000 (gross/gross salary, amounts to ~6 000 PLN net)

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement

1 year

We offer

• Full employment contract for 12 months

• Opportunity to work in a modern, well-equipped laboratory with good expertise in spectroscopy and photophysics

• No teaching obligations

• Administrative support from professional English-speaking personnel

More details

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Scientific discipline


Scientific profile of a candidate

Recognised Researcher (R2)


Expertise in electronic and/or vibrational spectroscopy

Good knowledge of basic photophysics

Written and oral communication skills in English.

Key assessment criteria

  • Competence to carry out specific tasks in the project
  • The candidate’s knowledge of spectroscopy and photophysics
  • The candidate’s research achievements
  • Other achievements (scholarships, awards, etc.)
  • Research experience
Required documents
  • CV, including scientific achievements
  • Letter-of-intent
  • At least 1 letter of reference
  • Copy of PhD diploma (or a statement about planned PhD defence)
Recruitment procedure

The applications will be evaluated by a commission. The scholarship for the candidate with the highest ranking will be awarded in accordance with the NCN regulations: "Regulations on the mode of granting financial resources for the completion of tasks funded by the Polish National Science Centre (Narodowe Centrum Nauki, NCN) as regards research projects, post-doctoral fellowships (Annex to NCN Council Resolution No 90/2019 of 12 September 2019 amending the Regulations on awarding funding for research tasks funded by the National Science Centre as regards research projects) and in accordance with the Employment policy of the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS (

Additional information

How to Apply: Send application directly to; IMPORTANT! email subject:

"Recruitment no. 32/2022"

Selected candidates may be invited for an on-line interview.

The scholarship will be awarded to the person who obtains the highest mark from the interview.

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.


Application deadline

30.09.2022 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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