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

Elaboration of unconventional nanostructured perovskites and zinc oxide through compositional and morphological engineering for game-changing improvements in light harvesting devices, MAESTRO, 2019/34/A/ST5/00416, 52/2021

Project leader

Prof. dr hab. inż. Janusz Lewiński


Main objectives of the project are directed to tackle challenges concerning either the perovskite absorber layer and the ZnO-based ETL. We plan to develop mechanochemical processes for the preparation of highly advanced multicomponent MHP inks. We will also focus on the development of controlled growth of MHP materials with various morphologies including single crystals, nanowires and unprecedented nanotubes/microtubes. In regard to ZnO-based ETL, we propose elaborate new high-quality ZnO and metal-doped ZnO nanostructures by the developed in our group one-pot self-supporting organometallic (OSSOM) procedure. Finally, the relationship between device performance and bulk physical properties of both MHPs and ZnO materials will be systematically investigated.

Job description

Number of vacancies


Key responsibilities include

PhD student will be involved in realization of the following research tasks:

  • Compositional engineering of halide perovskites using mechanosynthesis and wet approaches.
  • Development of high quality ZnO nanomaterials prospective for light harvesting devices.
  • Fabrication of perovskite- and ZnO-based layers.
  • Characterization of physicochemical properties of the resulting nanostructured materials.

Position in the project

PhD student – Scholarship position

Job type



4000 PLN per month

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement

12 months with the possibility of 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.

More details

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Scientific discipline


Scientific profile of a candidate

First Stage Researcher (R1)


  • University degree in chemistry.
  • Experience in laboratory work in the field of inorganic and coordination chemistry, and/or semiconductor nanomaterials.
  • Experience with the use of a Schlenk line and manipulation involving air-sensitive compounds.
  • Knowledge in spectroscopic methods: IR, NMR, UV-Vis, PL, DLS, and/or basics X-ray crystallography and/or electron microscopy.

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.

Required documents
  • Scientific curriculum vitae, including a list of scientific achievements (scholarships, publications, patents, conference presentations, etc.).
  • 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 results of the competition are made public.

Additional information

Planned (online) interviews: 27-28.10.2021

How to Apply: Send application directly to; IMPORTANT! email subject: "Recruitment no. 52/2021"


Application deadline

25.10.2021 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: 7.10.2021

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