PhD Student in the Laboratory of Solar Energy Innovations_SOLEIL

Field: Chemical sciences

Results of the competition:

By means of the conducted competition, the competition committee has recommended Ting Zhou for the position.


Director of Centre of New Technologies of the University of Warsaw, with the Project Leader, announce
opening of the competition for the position of PhD Student in the Laboratory of Solar Energy InnovationsCentre of New Technologies of the University of Warsaw.

Position in the project: PhD Student
Laboratory: Laboratory of Solar Energy Innovations_SOLEIL
Scientific discipline: Chemical sciences
Keywords: photoelectrochemistry; solar energy conversion; semiconductors;
Job type: stipend, full-time
Number of job offers: 1
Remuneration/stipend amount/month: 3 375 PLN gross-gross per month
Position starts on: 1 October 2020
Maximum period of contract/stipend agreement: 18 months with the possibility of extension up to 24 months
Institution: Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw
Project leader: Renata Solarska, PhD DSc
Project title: “Design, construction and investigations of earth abundant materials based heterojunctions for high efficiency solar energy conversion”
Competition type: SONATA BIS 7
Financing institution: NCN

Project description:
The goal of this project is to bring a marked advancement in the design, synthesis, and in-depth understanding of photoelectrochemical performance, and available a variety of polycrystalline complex semiconducting electrodes for use in solar fuel production by exploiting electrochemical synthesis methods. These processes are a paramount importance in order to optimize manufactured photoelectrodes used for solar energy conversion since charge transfer is the basis of all photoelectrochemical reactions. Thus, the objective of this project is to identify and provide in-depth understanding of charge carrier dynamics in complex or multi-layered photoelectrodes, and associate it with their photoelectrochemical performance. In this regard, the present project addresses a key need in the successful development of new photocatalysts architectures which consider the interfacial phenomena and charge transfer.

Key responsibilities include:
Follow the PhD School programme;
to commit adequate time and effort to the project;
to display initiative in identifying and resolving problems relating to the research;
to manage their work efficiently and increase the visibility through the publications

Profile of candidates/requirements:
The competition is open for persons who meet the conditions specified in the regulations on the allocation of resources for the implementation of tasks financed by the National Science Centre for Sonata Bis 7 grant;

-applicants must have a MSc degree in chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, or in the relevant field. The MSc degree should be obtained before the date of employment in the project – by 30.09.2020 at the latest;
– Confirmed status of a PhD student on the day of starting the work in the project (01.10.2020).

To receive the stipend, the successful candidate needs to have a PhD student status at Polish university either in a PhD programme or in a Doctoral School of Exact and Natural Sciences (e.g., at University of Warsaw registration deadline is 28.06.2020,, according to standing
-experience in laboratory work
-preference will be given to candidates who have experience in materials synthesis and/ or photoelectrochemistry
-ability to work in a team, and to communicate effectively with team members, will also be an advantage

Required documents:
1. Cover letter
2. Current curriculum vitae
3. Copy of MSc certificate (or, if the MSc certificate has not been obtained yet, a certificate/document about the date of MSc defense);
4. List of publications or other scientific achievements
5. Letter of recommendation from at least one academic referee

We offer:
– work in active research team in an excellent scientific environment
-comprehensive cross-disciplinary training in chemistry, physics and biology
-participation in scientific seminars and conferences
– possibility to continue work in other projects carried out in the laboratory, until obtaining the PhD degree.

The application documents should be submitted to CeNT via e-mail on
or alternatively to Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw, S. Banacha 2c str., 02-097 Warsaw, Poland no later than on the closing date: 31 July 2020

Application deadline: 31 July 2020
Date of announcing the results: 31 August 2020
Method of notification about the results: email

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Information about the competition is also available on the website of the University of Warsaw.

Deadline: 31/07/2020

Tags: photoelectrochemistry, solar energy conversion, semiconductors