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PhD student - Recruitment 40/2021

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    Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences
    Biological sciencesBiology
    ChemistryAnalytical chemistry
    ChemistryPhysical chemistry
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    18/08/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Poland › Warsaw
  • Data rozpoczęcia OFERTA
    Recruitment 40/2021 within PRELUDIUM BIS-2 2020/39/O/ST5/01017


PhD student position available in the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS within National Science Center (NSC) PRELUDIUM BIS-2 2020/39/O/ST5/01017 entitled “Development of a comprehensive bacteria detection procedure: the creation of a sensor and development of new protocols for sample preparation and deposition” (leader prof. Maciej Wojtkowski)

Bacterial infections cause a severe socio-economic burden. In 2005 1.8 million people died due to consumption of infected food or water. Only in the USA number of infections and illnesses originating in food reaches 76 million. Among them, 325 000 are admitted to hospitals, and 5200 died. To make the situation even worse, hospitals are a natural place of occurrence of pathogenic bacteria. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control reports that only in Europe, 4.1 million patients are affected by healthcare-associated infection each year. In the USA, nosocomial infections cause around 100 000 deaths per year. The additional costs of treatment of hospital-related infections are enormous. It is estimated to be around 7.5 billion euros in the EU and around $5 billion in the USA. Targeted treatment of infections becomes a must as new bacteria strains, resistant to antibiotics, emerge. Modest estimates ($1.3 billion to $2.7 billion in the USA and $1.5 billion in the EU) were reported. In the majority of cases, serious repercussions can be avoided thanks to the fast and reliable detection of bacteria.

Within the proposed project, we aim at the development of the whole procedure for bacteria detection utilizing phage-based sensing elements. We aim to combine the knowledge gained by the members of the Department of Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems at the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS. The leader of the project is the head of the Department. The PhD student will develop further the method for increasing the sensitivity of phage-based sensors by proper orientation of virions, and the method for enhanced deposition of the target analyte at the surface of the transducer, and combine it with novel transducers based on optics, optoelectronics, and/or electrochemistry. It seems that the most promising are transducers based on optoelectronics (e.g., optical ring resonator, surface vertical grating coupler or Mach-Zender interferometer., surface plasmon resonance (localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR), surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS)) and electrochemistry (differential pulse voltammetry). Additionally, we aim at the development of fast methods of sample preparation for the analysis of complex samples. All of these should lead to the development of a novel method for bacteria sensing, offering a limit of detection (LOD) below 10 CFU/mL within 1 h.

More Information


We offer a PhD student scholarship in the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS with a stipend amount of 5000/6000 PLN per month financed from the NCN PRELUDIUM BIS-2 No. 2020/39/O/ST5/01017. The successful candidate is expected to start work within the project on 1st of October 2021.


The position is for 48 months.

The successful candidate will benefit in form of new knowledge and methods added to his/her toolbox. The project deals with biology, biotechnology, chemistry, nanotechnology, physics and physical chemistry, so any profile of candidate will find some new knowledge to be gained upon realization of the project.

We plan to publish the results of the work in high impact factor journals.

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.

Institute provides an opportunity to participate in ERASMUS+ programme.

Eligibility criteria

The competition is open to persons who do not have a doctoral degree and persons who are not participants of the doctoral school. Therefore, in the case of PRELUDIUM BIS 2, doctoral students who start their education at doctoral schools in the academic year 2020/2021 cannot participate in the competition for doctoral students. Doctoral students of doctoral studies according to the old system will be able to enter the competition, as long as they plan to study at the doctoral school. The competition for doctoral students who will pursue PRELUDIUM BIS 2 is addressed to people who plan to start education at a doctoral school in 2021/2022. PRELUDIUM BIS is an elite path of financing doctoral students beyond the limit applicable in doctoral schools.

Selection process

The commission evaluates applications on a point scale.

  • Complete application should include the following items: employment application, professional curriculum vitae, university degree diploma and PhD certificate, a list of scientific achievements (publications, patents, conference presentations, etc.), at least one letter of recommendation written by academics. The application deadline is on 18th of August 2021.
  • A person who obtains the highest number of points will be invited for the entrance exam for Warsaw4PhD doctoral school, which will take place between 6th and 16th of September.
  • To be eligible to take the entrance exam, candidates need to apply also to Warsaw4PhD doctoral school and fulfil all the requirements related to both applications. This is because PRELUDIUM BIS is dedicated to people who plan to start education at a doctoral school in 2021/2022. The application deadline for Warsaw4PhD doctoral school is on 18th of August 2021. Link to the thesis topic: https://warsaw4phd.eu/warsaw4phd/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Project-3.3-...
  • 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 comments

Complete application should include the following items: employment application, professional curriculum vitae, university degree diploma and PhD certificate, a list of scientific achievements (publications, patents, conference presentations, etc.), at least one letter of recommendation written by academics and it should be sent to rekrutacja@ichf.edu.pl under reference title “Recruitment no. 40/2021” (emails without this number will be not considered!).

Wymagania oferty

    Biological sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    Chemistry: Master Degree or equivalent
    Physics: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent


PhD student will be involved in the realization of the project which is at the border between biology, physics and chemistry. This person will work with both viruses and bacteria. Moreover, understanding of electromagnetism and physical chemistry (electrochemistry, thermodynamics, processes at interfaces) will be

necessary. It is expected that the enrolled candidate will be able to perform experiments independently, plan the workflow and participate in the decision making process. He/she will need to build experimental setup, calibrate it, plan and perform control experiments and analyse the data


1.Designing, planning and carrying out experimental work independently and under the supervision, maintaining regular research notes.

2. Scientific initiative and contribution through regular reporting and publishing, as well as presenting at group meetings, national and international conferences.

3. Cooperation with researchers, including communication with English-speaking colleagues 4. Providing help and supervision to junior members of the group.

5. Contribution to the efficient functioning of the lab including necessary organizational tasks.

6. Preparation of the Ph.D. thesis.

Szczególne wymagania

1. MSc diploma in chemistry, biotechnology, chemical engineering or similar

2. Creativity measured by the quality and number of projects, study record, internships, authorship in peer-reviewed publications and patents in which the Candidate participated and contributed.

3. Experience in biotechnology, virology or similar.

4. Knowledge of physical chemistry.

5. Excellent communications, organization and time management skills.

6. Ability to work independently as well as in a group.

7. Analytical thinking and critical problem-solving skills.

8. Fluent in spoken and written English.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences
Warsaw, Kasprzaka 44/52

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Numer oferty: 670159


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