Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS
National Science Center (NSC)
Project title, type and project number
Suprazymes: nanoparticle supported supramolecular catalysts, OPUS 18 Project No. UMO-2019/35/B/ST4/0175
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).
Number of vacancies
Key responsibilities include
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.
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.
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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 (https://www.ncn.gov.pl/sites/default/files/pliki/uchwaly-rady/2019/uchwala25_2019-zal1.pdf) and in accordance with the Employment policy of the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS ( http://ichf.edu.pl/employment_policy.pdf)
Complete application should include the following items:
*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.
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Deadline for the settlement of the competition
Archival announcement. We would like to thank all candidates for their submitted applications.