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

Graphene biosensing and biophysics, Sonata 15 no. 2019/35/D/ST5/00958, 49/2021

Project leader

Dr Izabela Kamińska


With this project, we aim at establishing a novel platform for the new field of graphene 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 graphene 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. There is a great interest in these materials due to their unique properties, however it is very challenging to prepare “single-molecule grade” mono- or multilayer of graphene and hBN, and to bring them together with DNA origami. We want to use these platforms for building ultrasensitive biosensors as well as for investigation of macromolecules which are of biological interest.

Job description

Number of vacancies


Key responsibilities include

  • Design and preparation of new DNA origami structures; preparation and optimization of structures for the investigation of biophysical properties of macromolecules and their detection; optimization and alignment of the home-built fluorescence confocal microscope.
  • Data analysis, writing reports and scientific publications.
  • Cooperation with researchers, including communication with English-speaking colleagues.
  • Providing help and supervision to junior members of the group.
  • Contribution to the efficient functioning of the lab including necessary organizational tasks.

Position in the project

Post-doctoral position

Job type

Full-time employment, Type of contract: temporary, Hours Per Week: 40


Gross/gross salary (total employment cost) of 10 000 PLN per month

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement

24-month full time work contract

We offer

  • 24-month full time work contract.
  • Engagement into an ambitious research program and possibility to build the academic career.
  • The opportunity for short scientific visits in the group of our collaborators in Munich, as well as participation in seminars and international conferences.

Career development prospects at IPC PAS

The job in the exciting interdisciplinary project, realized in a collaboration with Prof. Tinnefeld from LMU in Munich. 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

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

Scientific profile of a candidate

Recognised Researcher (R2)


  • PhD degree in chemistry, physics or related fields obtained not earlier than 7 years before the engagement in the project (this period might be longer due to family reasons according to NCN rules).
  • Background in nanotechnology
  • Experience in 2D materials (obtained with CVD) and/or DNA nanotechnology.
  • Experience in fluorescence microscopy and single-molecule techniques will be an asset.
  • Knowledge in LabView and Matlab is a plus.
  • Very good command of spoken and written English is required
  • Excellent communications, organization and time management skills.

Key assessment criteria

The Commission will take into account the following criteria and evaluate applications on a point scale:

  • Competence for specific tasks in a research project
  • Previous scientific achievements (publication record, H-index etc.)
  • References
  • Candidate’s own initiative in research projects.
Required documents
  • scientific curriculum vitae, including a list of scientific achievements (scholarships, publications, patents, conference presentations, etc.).
  • motivation letter
  • recommendation letter
  • citation report (e.g. from Web of Science) including the number of publication, number of citation without self-citation, h-index of the Candidate
  • a scan of the PhD diploma
  • a scan of the MSc diploma
Recruitment procedure

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 15 (

The Commission will analyze CVs of the candidates. The top candidates will be invited for an online interview (between 7-8.10.2021). 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 results of the competition are made public.

• Candidates who have been issued a negative opinion by the Competition 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 second best candidate.

Additional information

How to Apply: Send application directly to;

IMPORTANT! email subject: “Recruitment no. 49/2021” (emails without this number will be not considered!)


Application deadline

5.10.2021 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: 5.09.2021

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