Job details

Recruitment result
Place of work

IPC PAS, Group 9: "Coordination metal complexes and functional materials"

Funding institution

National Science Center (NSC)

Project description

Project title, type and project number

Hypervalency, dormant Lewis acidity and relationship between noncovalent interactions in the Group 13 organometallics (HYPE-13), OPUS, project number: 2020/37/B/ST4/03310

Project leader

Dr inż. Iwona Justyniak


The goals of this project are the theoretical and experimental investigations directed toward the factors controlling the structure and reactivity of Group 13 organometallic complexes to provide a framework for a unified look at both the dormant Lewis acidity and the bonding situation in electron-rich hypervalent molecules, and unraveling the role of non-covalent interactions on the properties of the complexes in question.

Job description

Number of vacancies


Key responsibilities include

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

  • Design, synthesis, and characterization of new model Group 13 organometallic complexes (Al and Ga);
  • Comprehensive structure analysis of 5-coordinate Group 13 complexes included in the Cambridge Structural Database;
  • Investigation reactivity of 4-coordinate dialkyl Group 13 complexes towards small molecules like carbon dioxide, water and alcohols;

Position in the project

PhD student – scholarship position

Job type



2500 PLN per month

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement

24 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 advance scientific knowledge and gain hands-on experience at the border between theory and experiment;
  • Opportunity to work in a team of experienced organometallic/supramolecular chemists
  • Participation in international conferences, in Erasmus;

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;
  • Experience in analysis of molecular and supramolecular structure of metal complexes;
  • Experience with the use of a Schlenk line and manipulation involving air-sensitive compounds;
  • Knowledge of classical analytical techniques: 1H, 13C and DOSY NMR, IR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, elemental analysis, UV-Vis spectroscopy and basic X-ray crystallography;
  • Good command in English, communication skills and predispositions to work in a team;

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;
  • Experience in analysis of molecular and supramolecular structure of metal complexes;
  • The candidate’s research achievements, including publications in prestigious academic press /journals;
  • Research-related achievements, scholarships, awards and research experience gained in Poland or abroad, research workshops and training courses, participation in research projects;
Required documents
  • Scientific curriculum vitae, including a list of scientific achievements
  • 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: 22-23.03.2021

How to Apply: Send application directly to; IMPORTANT! email subject: “Recruitment no. 006-2021” Contact person: Dr inż. Iwona Justyniak,

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Application deadline

17.03.2021 17:00

Deadline for the settlement of the competition


Archival announcement. We would like to thank all candidates for their submitted applications.

Date of announcement: 16.02.2021

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