Job details

Recruitment result
Place of work

Group 9: "Coordination metal complexes and functional materials"

Funding institution

National Science Center (NSC)

Project description

Project title, type and project number

Activation of Dinitrogen by Multinuclear Iron and Vanadium Complexes Supported by Linked Sterically Demanding N,N’-subunits, OPUS 23, UMO-2022/45/B/ST4/03863, 4/2024

Project leader

Prof. dr hab. inż. Janusz Lewiński


Main objective of the project is directed to advancing the fundamental knowledge of the activation of dinitrogen by properly designed multinuclear iron and vanadium complexes. Accordingly, the project aims to design, synthesise, and structure characterization of novel complexes supported by sterically encumbered ligands with N,N-binding sites of various angular dispositions of N-donor centres. Then, the resulting low-valent metal complexes will be utilised as model systems for the N2 activation and reduction. Specific objectives will include structure characterisation and reactivity studies of the obtained low-valent metal complexes towards N2 and elucidation of the intimate steps in the N2 activation via combined experimental and theoretical studies.

Job description

Number of vacancies


Key responsibilities include

  • Student will be involved in the realization of the following research tasks:
  • Synthesis and characterization of commercially unavailable proligands.
  • Synthesis and structural characterization of multinuclear homo- and heterometalic Fe and V complexes supported by a range of multidentate N-donor ligands.
  • Synthesis of low-valent multinuclear V and Fe complexes utilizing various reducing agents and reaction conditions.
  • Activation of dinitrogen activation by a family of well-defined low-valent Fe and V complexes.
  • Characterization of physicochemical properties of the resulting products.

Position in the project

Student – scholarship position

Job type



2 000 PLN per month

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement

6 months with a possible extension

We offer

  • Participation in high impact and timely research.
  • Access to unique technology and modern research laboratories.
  • Opportunity to work in a team of dedicated researchers and technologists.
  • Opportunity to advance scientific knowledge and gain hands-on experience at the border between theory and experiment.
  • Participation in international conferences.

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Scientific discipline


Scientific profile of a candidate

First Stage Researcher (R1)


  • He/she is a student of chemistry.
  • Experience in laboratory work in the field of inorganic, organic and coordination chemistry.
  • Experience with the use of a Schlenk line and manipulation involving air-sensitive compounds.
  • Basic knowledge in spectroscopic methods.
  • Good command in English, communication skills and predispositions to work in a team.

Key assessment criteria

  • The candidate’s competence to carry out specific tasks in the research project
  • Experience with the use of a Schlenk line and  manipulation of air-sensitive compounds
  • The candidate’s research achievements, including publications in prestigious academic press /journals
  • Research-related achievements, scholarships, awards and research experience gained in Poland or abroad, research workshops and training courses, participation in research projects
Required documents
  • Scientific curriculum vitae, including a list of scientific achievements
  • Motivation letter
  • At least one recommendation letter
  • A transcript of the grades/credits received during the last stage of studies and grade point average
Recruitment procedure
  • The best applicants will be invited for an interview (on-site or online).
  • The scholarship will be awarded in accordance with the NCN regulations: "Rules of granting scholarships to young scientists in research projects" (Annex to Resolution No 25/2019 of the NCN Council, 14.03.2019) and in accordance with the Employment policy of the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS ( A scholarship agreement will be signed with successful applicants on condition that the Institute of Physical Chemistry signs the grant agreement with NSC."
  • The commission evaluates applications on a point scale. The scholarship will be awarded to the person who obtains the highest number of points
  • 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
  • The incomplete applications will be not considered.
  • The results of the competition are made public
Additional information

Planned (online) interviews: 23.02.2024

How to Apply: Send application directly to; IMPORTANT! email subject: "Recruitment no. 4/2024"


Application deadline

21.02.2024 16:00

Deadline for the settlement of the competition


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

Date of announcement: 6.02.2024

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