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

Metal containing polymers for electrocatalysis and electrochemical sensing, OPUS 15 Project No. 2018/29/B/ST5/02335, 74/2021

Project leader

Piyush Sindhu Sharma, PhD, hab.


Metal-containing polymers are obtained by the incorporation of transition metals into network forming polymer chains, either as main chain constituents or included in side groups. Despite the fact that many functional materials based on metal containing polymers have been reported for development of heterogeneous catalyst, the fundamental knowledge and development of new polymerization techniques with suitable metal containing polymers are still primary concerns.

                In the proposed project, we propose the replacement of most commonly used block polymer based catalysts with metal containing conducting polymers, which can provide more efficient electrocatalysis. Moreover, conducting polymers based matrix will be beneficial for the electrochemical immobilization of these metal catalysts on any conducting surface. The goal of current project is to electrochemically synthesize different heterogeneous catalysts based on metal-containing polymers. In the current project careful tuning of chemical structure of metal-containing polymers will be performed to improve their properties in such a way that they will show electrocatalysis and sensing properties.

Job description

Number of vacancies


Key responsibilities include

  • Syntheses and characterization of structures of different metal containing monomer.
  • Electrosynthesis and electrochemical characterization of synthesized monomers.
  • Scientific initiative and contribution through regular reporting, participation in international conferences.
  • Contribution to the efficient functioning of the lab.

Position in the project

student – scholarship position

Job type



1200 PLN per month

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement

9 months

We offer

We offer 1200 PLN per month stipend financed from the NCN OPUS 15 Project No. 2018/29/B/ST5/02335. The stipend is for 9 months.

Possibility of publication of research papers in recognized international journals. Possibility of preparing an M. Sc. thesis.

Career development prospects at IPC PAS

The successful candidate will be part of an experienced, multi-disciplinary team and will have an opportunity to gain comprehensive knowledge in chemistry and physics, especially in electrochemistry and nanochemistry.

There is a possibility 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

see website

Scientific discipline

physics, chemistry

Scientific profile of a candidate

First Stage Researcher (R1)


  • At the starting date of the work within the project, applicants should be a student of intramural or extramural second degree studies, conducted in universities on Polish territory or should be a student of at least the fourth year of intramural or extramural uniform master’s studies carried out at universities on the Republic of Poland
  • Student of physics or chemistry.
  • Basic knowledge of physical chemistry, especially electrochemistry and analytical chemistry.
  • Knowledge of English language.

Key assessment criteria

The Commission will take into account the following criteria:

  • the candidate’s research achievements, including publications in academic press/ journals (weighting: 50%)
  • awards resulting from conducting research, scholarships, prizes and research experience gained outside the candidate’s research unit at home or abroad, research workshops and training attended, participation in research projects (weighting: 20%)
  • candidate's competence as regards specific tasks in the research project (weighting: 30%)
Required documents
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of scientific achievements (scholarships, publications, patents, conference presentations, etc.)
  • Recommendation letter(s). At least one opinion of the candidate from a specialist in a relevant field of science.
Recruitment procedure

How to Apply: Send application directly to;

IMPORTANT: email title “Recruitment 74/2021”; (emails without this number will be not considered!)

The scholarship will be awarded in accordance with the Employment policy of the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS  and with the NCN regulations: „Regulamin przyznawania stypendiów naukowych w projektach badawczych finansowanych ze środków narodowego centrum nauki"

  • Top candidates who meet the Competition requirements will be invited for an online or in-person interview. We reserve the right to contact and reply to only 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 email, Contact Person: Dr. hab. Piyush Sindhu Sharma

Phone (+48-22-343-3188)

Planned online interviews: 21.01.2022


Application deadline

18.01.2022 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: 17.12.2021

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