Job details

Recruitment result
Place of work

Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS

Funding institution

National Science Centre

Project description

Project title, type and project number

Crystalline organic porous polymers upconverting light energy, Sonata 18 Project No. 2022/47/D/ST5/01375, 46/2023

Project leader

Jakub Ostapko PhD - Project Manager; Sylwester Gawinkowski, PhD – Principal Investigator at the IPC PAN


The objective of this project is to prepare and investigate self-assembled microcrystalline upconverting materials based on Covalent Organic Frameworks. The upconversion process will be confined to the COF’s single crystal. For this purpose, three types of building blocks will be incorporated into the organic framework: the photosensitizer and the emitter, directly participating in the upconversion process, and the inert unit, providing spatial separation between photoactive units. Such targeted self-ordered crystalline material will be used to study the parameters governing the upconversion process, such as impact of the orientation and distances of respective units and their concentrations. Within the project, the structural tunability of COFs will be used for investigation of COF architecture related effects influencing the upconversion efficiency. Their comparative physicochemical studies (stationary absorption, steady state and time-dependent emission, and determination of upconversion yield) on targeted organic crystalline materials will provide information regarding factors hampering or enhancing the upconversion efficiency in the organic crystalline materials.

Job description

Number of vacancies


Key responsibilities include

  • Spectroscopic characterization of materials, collected data analysis and interpretation;
  • Scientific initiative and contribution through regular reporting and publishing, as well as presenting at group meetings, national and international conferences;
  • Providing help and supervision to junior members of the group;
  • Contribution to the efficient functioning of the lab, including necessary administrative tasks.

Position in the project


Job type

full-time employment


around 9.600,00 PLN gross/month

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement

6 months (with possible extension up to 30 months)

We offer

The successful candidate is expected to start work within the project on the January 2024. It is possible to change the starting date in the justified case (but no later than 1 April 2024). 100% of the work time will be devoted to the realisation of the project. There are no teaching obligations. The post-doc would have access to supercomputer and specialized software in the Institute and on supercomputer of Poland (Polish Grid infrastructure).

Career development prospects at IPC PAS

The successful candidate will benefit in the form of new knowledge and methods added to his/her toolbox. The project deals with spectroscopy, nanophotonics, nanotechnology, physics, material sciences, and physical chemistry, so any candidate profile will find some new knowledge to be gained upon the realisation 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. The Institute provides an opportunity to participate in ERASMUS+ program.

Link to Euraxess website

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Scientific discipline

chemistry, physics, nanotechnology, material science, or similar

Scientific profile of a candidate

Recognised Researcher (R2)


  • PhD degree in chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, nanotechnology, or sciences, 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).
  • Good publication record and scientific experience.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a group.
  • Significant research achievements in spectroscopy (Experience in the characterization of upconverting systems would be beneficial).
  • Profound knowledge of photochemistry and photophysics
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English (written and spoken).
  • Strong motivation to work and pursue scientific questions, creativity, and analytical thinking.
  • Research experience in related fields will be advantageous.

Key assessment criteria

The Recruitment Commission will take into account the following criteria:

a) competencies of candidates for specific tasks in a research project (max 70 points),

b) previous scientific achievements of candidates (max 25 points),

c) awards and distinctions of the candidate resulting from the conducted research (5 points).

The commission evaluates applications on a point scale (max 100 points).

Required documents
  • employment application,
  • motivation letter,
  • professional curriculum vitae,
  • university degree diploma and PhD certificate,
  • list of scientific achievements (publications, patents, conference presentations, etc.),
  • two letters of recommendation written by a scientist in the field.
Recruitment procedure

How to Apply: Send application directly to;

 IMPORTANT: email title “Recruitment 46/2023”;

• Top candidates will be invited for an online or in-person interview. Good command of English is required. We reserve the right to contact and reply to only selected candidates.

• Only candidates with a minimum of 80 points would be considered for the position. A position will be offered to the person who obtains the highest number of points. The Recruitment Committee may not recommend any candidate for the position if no candidate would get at least 80 points.

• 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 Sonata 18:

• The incomplete applications will be not considered.

• The results of the competition are made public.

• Candidates who have been issued a negative opinion by the Recruitment 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 (If he/she obtained at least 80 points in the recruitment process).

Additional information

Additional information would be provided by email

Competition documentation of the National Science Center:

A post-doc type post is a full-time post, scheduled by the project’s principal investigator for a person who has obtained their PhD degree within 7 years before joining the project. This period may be extended by a time of long-term (in excess of 90 days) documented sick leaves or rehabilitation leaves granted on account of being unfit to work. In addition, the period may be extended by the number of months of a child care leave granted pursuant to the Labour Code and in the case of women, by 18 months for every child born or adopted, whichever manner of accounting for career breaks is preferable. The candidate is not eligible to apply if his/her doctoral degree has been awarded by the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS (see competition documentation of the National Science Center (NCS) for the Sonata 18).


Application deadline

12.11.2023 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: 18.10.2023

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