Job details

Recruitment result
Place of work

Institute of Physical Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences, Photochemistry and Spectroscopy Department

Funding institution

National Science Center

Project description

Project title, type and project number

“Graphene biosensing and biophysics” Sonata 15 no. 2019/35/D/ST5/00958

Project leader

Dr Izabela Kamińska


With this project, we aim at establishing a novel platform for the new field of graphene/hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) biosensing and biophysics. There are two major players: 2D material (graphene or graphene/hBN heterostructure) and DNA origami. On one hand, we have high quality 2D materials with outstanding optoelectronic properties but chemically inert. On the other hand, we have DNA origami structures folded solely from single-stranded DNA which allows for introduction of almost any entity (for example a chemical group) with very high (nanometer) precision. We want to use these building blocks to construct biosensors operating at single-molecules level as well as to investigate macromolecules which are of biological interest.

Job description

Number of vacancies


Key responsibilities include

  • Preparation of graphene and hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) substrates and graphene/hBN-based electrodes.
  • Preparation of multilayer graphene and single-molecule measurements on multilayer graphene using DNA origami nanostructures.
  • Cooperation with researchers, including communication with English-speaking colleagues.

Position in the project


Job type



Scholarship of 2200 PLN/month

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement

9 months

We offer

  • 9-month scholarship of PLN 2200 per month financed from the NCN SONATA 15 Project No. 2019/35/D/ST5/00958
  • The job in the exciting interdisciplinary project, realized in a collaboration with Prof. Tinnefeld from Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich.
  • You will learn how to prepare ultraclean graphene and hBN substrates.
  • You will learn how to perform single-molecules measurements on fluorescence confocal microscope.
  • You will take part in the imaging of graphene and hBN samples (AFM and SEM).

Career development prospects at IPC PAS

The successful candidate will gain an experience in the exciting field of 2D nanomaterials and single-molecule techniques. This scholarship is a chance to work on the leading edge topics in nanotechnology. 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.

More details

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Scientific discipline

physical chemistry, chemical physics, biochemistry, biophysics, optics, photophysics, photochemistry or related fields

Scientific profile of a candidate

First Stage Researcher (R1)


  • Student of chemistry or physics.
  • Enthusiasm and engagement in the scientific work.
  • Basic knowledge about nanomaterials, optics, fluorescence microscopy and/or spectroscopy.
  • Good knowledge in English.
  • Knowledge in LabView, Python and/or Matlab is a plus.

Key assessment criteria

  • The Commission will take into account the following criteria and evaluate applications on a point scale:
  • the candidate’s research achievements, including publications in prestigious academic press /journals (50% of the final score)
  • research-related achievements, scholarships, awards and research experience gained in Poland or abroad, research workshops and training courses, participation in research projects (20% of the final score)
  • the candidate’s competence to carry out specific tasks in the research project (30% of the final score).
Required documents
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of scientific achievements (scholarships, awards, publications, patents, conference presentations, research experience gained in Poland or abroad, research workshops and training courses, etc.)
  • Recommendation letter(s). At least one opinion of the candidate from a specialist in a relevant field of science.
  • Motivation letter.
  • Confirmation of having the status of student of a full-time first- or second-cycle degree programme or uniform Master’s studies at a university in Poland.
Recruitment procedure

How to Apply: Send application directly to:;
IMPORTANT: email title “Recruitment 42/2023";

The scholarship will be awarded in accordance with the rules defined by National Science Center’s document "REGULATIONS FOR AWARDING NCN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NCN-FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECT” and the Employment policy of the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS

The Commission will analyze CVs of the candidates. The top candidates will be invited for an online interview (11.10.2023). Good command of English is required. We reserve the right to contact and reply only to selected candidates.

  •  The incomplete applications will be not considered.
  •  The scholarship will be awarded to the person who obtains the highest number of points.
  •  The results of the competition are made public.
  •  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.
Additional information

Additional information would be provided by:


Application deadline

6.10.2023 15:00

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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