Job details

Recruitment result
Place of work

Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS

Funding institution

National Science Center (NSC)

Project description

Project title, type and project number

Suprazymes: nanoparticle supported supramolecular catalysts, OPUS 18 Project No. UMO-2019/35/B/ST4/0175

Project leader

dr hab. Volodymyr Sashuk


Enzymatic catalysis has always been the Holy Grail for chemists. Although thousands or even millions of synthetic catalysts have been developed so far, they are still inferior to the natural counterparts. This is primarily due to the primitive structure that impedes a substrate undergoing chemical transformation to fit the active site of a catalyst. Another issue that is often troublesome is the selective supply of substrates and the removal of products from areas where a chemical reaction occurs. In our project, we want to improve the processes described above based on the mechanisms available in nature. Using simple organic molecules and inorganic particles, we look forward to creating dynamic catalytic systems that are comparable in size and activity to enzymes. We foresee that such catalysts, due to the dynamic nature, will not only be able to rival but also surpass enzymes, demonstrating differentiated selectivity for substrates or products depending on their structure and local chemical environment.

The PhD student will have the opportunity for a six-month internship at the University of Basel (Switzerland).

Job description

Number of vacancies


Key responsibilities include

  • Designing, planning and carrying out experimental work independently and under the supervision, maintaining regular research notes.
  • Scientific initiative and contribution through regular reporting and publishing, as well as presenting at group meetings, national and international conferences.
  • 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 administrative and organizational tasks.

Job type

Scholarship position


Scholarship amount is up to 5 000 PLN*

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement

The position within the grant is for a period of 48 months.

We offer

Career perspectives:

The successful candidate will be part of a highly experienced, multidisciplinary team. He/She will have the possibility to broaden his/her knowledge and gain hands-on experience at the border of different research disciplines. Funds are allocated to cover participation in international conferences and for short visits in collaborating laboratories. Institute provides opportunity to participate in ERASMUS + programme.

For additional job details: Contact



Additional requirements:

  • MSc diploma in chemistry, or similar obtained no earlier than two years before the application.
  • Background in organic chemistry, preferably in supramolecular chemistry; publication record and experience in the synthesis of nanoparticles are welcome; good command of English is required.

Key assessment criteria

The best applicants will be invited for a interview (on-site or online) between 06.01 – 14.01 2021. The interview for „Warszawska Szkoła Doktorska Nauk Ścisłych i BioMedycznych” (Warsaw Doctoral School “Warsaw-4-PhD”) will be carried out between 25.01 – 03.02 2021 at the IPC-PAS.

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

  • The Commission will take into account the following criteria:
  1. The candidate’s competence to carry out specific tasks in the research project ,
  2. The candidate’s research achievements, including publications in prestigious academic press /journals,
  3. Research-related achievements, scholarships, awards and research experience gained in Poland or abroad, research workshops and training courses, participation in research projects.
  • The commission evaluates applications on a point scale. The scholarship will be awarded to the person who obtains the highest number of points.
  • At the starting date of the work within the project, applicant should be enrolled to a doctoral school (within the meaning of the Act on Higher Education and Science of 20 July 20 ) or doctoral programme (within the meaning of the Act on Higher Education of 27 July 2)
  • 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 competition will be settled after the Doctoral School recruitment results are published.
  • Scheduled date of starting work within the Project: March 1st, 2021
Required documents

Complete application should include the following items:

  • 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

Application Details:

  • Envisaged Job Starting Date: March 1st, 2021
  • Application Deadline: January 05, 2021, 23:00
  • How to Apply: Send application directly to; IMPORTANT: email title “Rekrutacja nr 74/2020”
  • Additionally, if the applicant does not have a status of PhD student in Poland according to NCN regulation “Regulamin przyznawania stypendiów naukowych w projektach badawczych finansowanych ze środków narodowego centrum nauki", to be eligible, the applicant is required to submit simultaneously their application to the online recruitment system of Warszawska Szkoła Doktorska Nauk Ścisłych i BioMedycznych” [Warsaw Doctoral School “Warsaw-4-PhD” ] between 22nd December 2020 and 05th of January 2021 (follow updates within the Candidates → Admission section).
  • Linked topic of the thesis: Supramolecular Catalysis on the Surface of Colloidal Particles.
  • Required Languages: English, Language level: good
Additional information

*under the condition that according to NCN regulations regarding OPUS 18 call a total amount of remuneration and scholarships received from the NCN funded source does not exceed 5 000 PLN per month. Scholarships funded within ETIUDA call as well remuneration of PI within PRELUDIUM call are excluded from the above limit.

By submitting the application you consent to the processing of your personal data in the recruitment process.


Application deadline

5.01.2021 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: 11.12.2020

Join us