Job details

Recruitment result
Place of work

Team 2 LIVING MATERIALS, Institute of Physical Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences,

Funding institution

National Science Centre

Project description

Project title, type and project number

National Science Centre, Poland, OPUS Project No. 2019/35/B/ST5/03229 entitled “Dynamic and responsive Langmuir-Blodgett films”

Project leader

Dr hab. Jan Paczesny, prof. IChF


The limitation of equilibrium self-assembly (ESA) is that for a given set of thermodynamic parameters, the system will evolve to the equilibrium state at which it will persist – that is, ESA evolves components into stable, ordered structures, of which crystals are perhaps most representative. On the other hand, thermodynamic equilibrium conditions preclude self-assembly at steady states, at which order is maintained at the cost of externally delivered energy (which is, in part, dissipated to produce entropy). All organisms consume and dissipate externally delivered energy (in food or radiation) to power their internal operation and maintain order. Moreover, depending on the incoming energy flux, these organisms can reconfigure to perform different functions. These properties illustrate the promise of self-assembly outside of equilibrium – the so-called dynamic self-assembly, DySA – to create life-like, reconfigurable, and “intelligent” materials and systems. The study of DySA is a relatively new area of research, with the name itself proposed only in the 2000 Nature paper by Grzybowski, Stone, and Whitesides. However, DySA in Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films remains an unexplored field having several publications on the topic. Dynamic changes within Langmuir films directly at the air/water interface are usually imposed only due to mechanical compression. Adding a new layer of complexity to the system might open new applications for these well-established methods.

The project concerns designing and synthesizing stimuli-responsive materials that can create the DySA system at the air-water interphase. Further, the physicochemical properties of such created films will be measured under various external stimuli such as electromagnetic field, temperature, light, etc.

Job description

Number of vacancies


Key responsibilities include

  • Carrying out experimental work, maintaining regular research notes.
  • Taking part in and presenting at group meetings and conferences.
  • Contribution to the efficient functioning of the lab.

Position in the project


Job type

Student – scholarship position


Scholarship of 1200 PLN/month

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement

10 months with possible extension to 12 months depending on the project duration

We offer

We offer 1200 PLN per month stipend financed from the OPUS 18 Project No 2019/35/B/ST5/03229 The stipend is for 10 months with possible extension to 12 months depending on the project duration

Career development prospects at IPC PAS

The successful candidates will be part of a highly experienced, multi-disciplinary team. They will have the possibility to broaden their knowledge and gain hands-on experience in research related to material science, physical chemistry and nanotechnology

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Scientific discipline

Chemistry, physics, nanotechnology, material science, or similar fields.

Scientific profile of a candidate

First Stage Researcher (R1)


  1. At the starting date of the work within the project, applicant should be a student of extramural second degree studies or third degree studies (i.e., holding Master of Science (or equivalent) degree, preferably in chemistry, physics or related field).
  2. Ability to work independently as well as in a group.
  3. Good background in physical chemistry.
  4. Proficiency in English speaking and writing.

Key assessment criteria

The Commission will take into account the following 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.


The scholarship will be awarded to the person who obtains the highest number of points.

Required documents
  • application letter,
  • professional curriculum vitae,
  • recommendation letter from a scientist holding a PhD in chemistry or related fields,
  • optionally university degree diploma (e.g., MSc, BSc, Eng.)
  • a list of scientific achievements (publications, patents, conference presentations, etc.).
Recruitment procedure

Application deadline is on September 28th, 2023, 23:00

The best candidates who meet the competition requirements will be invited for an interview (or a conference-call). The interviews will take place 2nd of October 2023. Good command of English is required

The scholarship will be awarded in accordance with the NSC regulations: „Regulamin przyznawania stypendiów naukowych w projektach badawczych finansowanych ze środków narodowego centrum nauki" and in accordance with the Employment policy of the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS

The scholarship may be awarded to the next candidate on the ranking list if the winner of the competition resigns from signing the scholarship agreement.

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 recruitment will be announced on 2nd October, 2023.

The results of the competition are made public.

 Scheduled date of starting work within the Project is 3rd October, 2023

Additional information

Candidate needs to meet formal requirements:

  1. at the time of employment, he/she do not receive any other remuneration from the NCN funds in any form;
  2. the project manager was not a supervisor / auxiliary supervisor in his/her doctoral thesis;
  3. during the period of employment, he/she does not receive any other remuneration based on 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 nr 39/2023”

More details:

Contact person: Jan Paczesny,


Application deadline

28.09.2023 23:00

Deadline for the settlement of the competition


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

Date of announcement: 15.09.2023

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