Job details

Recruitment result
Place of work

Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS , 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 11, 2019/34/A/ST5/00416, 52/2023

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 develop mechanochemical processes for the preparation of highly advanced multicomponent MHP inks. We 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 elaborate new high-quality ZnO and metal-doped ZnO nanostructures by the developed in our group one-pot self-supporting organometallic (OSSOM) procedure (or its modification) from well-defined organozinc precursors. Finally, the relationship between device performance and bulk physical properties of both MHPs and  ZnO materials is systematically investigated.

Job description

Number of vacancies


Key responsibilities include

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

  • Synthesis and characterization of well-defined organozinc precursors of ZnO nanostructure
  • Development of high quality ZnO nanomaterials prospective for light harvesting devices.
  • Characterization of physicochemical properties of the resulting nanostructured materials.

Position in the project

PhD student – Scholarship position

Job type



5 000 PLN per month

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement

6 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.

Career development prospects at IPC PAS

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.


Scientific discipline


Scientific profile of a candidate

First Stage Researcher (R1)


  • university degree in chemistry;
  • experience in laboratory work in the field of organometallic and coordination chemistry, and/or semiconductor nanomaterials;
  • experience with the use of a Schlenk line and/or glovebox, and manipulation involving air-sensitive compounds;
  • knowledge of spectroscopic methods: FTIR, NMR, UV-Vis, PL and/or basics of X-ray crystallography.

Key assessment criteria

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

  • the candidate’s scientific achievements (incl. publications in scientific journals);
  • the candidate’s achievements resulting from research, scholarships, awards and scientific experience, workshops
  • the candidate’s competences to perform specific tasks in the research project
Required documents
  • Scientific curriculum vitae, including a list of scientific achievements (scholarships, publications, patents, conference presentations, etc.).
  • Motivation letter.
  • At least one recommendation letter.
  • Scan of the master's diploma along with a supplement.
Recruitment procedure
  • The best applicants will be invited for an interview (on-site or online).We reserve the right to contact and reply only to selected candidates.
  • The scholarship will be awarded in accordance with the NCN regulations: " REGULATIONS FOR AWARDING NCN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NCN-FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECT " ( and in accordance with the Employment policy of the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS (
  • 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.
  • The incomplete applications may be not considered.
Additional information

How to Apply: Send application directly to; IMPORTANT! email subject: "Recruitment no. 52/2023"

(emails without this number will be not considered!)

NCN scholarships shall be paid to scholarship recipients pursuant to a scholarship agreement concluded in writing between the host institution for the research project and the person who has been awarded the scholarship.

A certificate of PhD student status is attached to the contract.

NCN scholarships may be awarded to a person who is a participant in a doctoral programme or is a doctoral candidate at a doctoral school.



Application deadline

15.12.2023 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: 24.11.2023

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