Institution: Institute of Low Temperature and Structural Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wrocław Doctoral School of Institutes of Polish Academy of Sciences

City: Wroclaw

Position: PhD student – scholarship holder in the NCN research project

Scientific discipline: Physical Sciences

Date of announcement: 27.07.2023

Application deadline: 28.08.2023

Date of competition settlement: 20.09.2023

Date of commencement of education and participation in the project: 01.10.2023

Link to WSD IPAN website: http://wsdipan.intibs.pl  

Link to INTiBS PAN website: http://intibs.pl

Key words: luminescence, microscopy, imaging, photon avalanche, lanthanide-doped nanocrystals, nanobiotechnology, lanthanides

Wrocław Doctoral School of Institutes of Polish Academy of Sciences (WDS IPAS) announces a special recruitment for a PhD student – scholarship holder in the research project: "Novel anti-Stokes lanthanide-doped nanoparticles and multicolor FRET mechanisms for single-molecule DNA sequencing", carried out on behalf of the National Science Center (grant no. UMO-2022/04/Y/ST5/00081) in the Division of Biomedical Physicochemistry of the Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research of Polish Academy of Sciences in Wroclaw.  

Recruitment is conducted in accordance with the Rules of Recruitment to the Wrocław Doctoral School of Institutes of Polish Academy of Sciences for the 2023/2024 academic year https://www.intibs.pl/goto/WSD_rekrutacja_2023-24.

Requirements for the candidate

In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the Wroclaw School of Doctoral Institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences, a candidate should:

  • hold a professional degree of Master of Science in Physics, Optics, Optoelectronics or related majors entitling to study at a doctoral school,
  • be ready to start education at WDS IPAS and to participate in the project from 01.04.2023.
  • Basic experience with design and optimization of optical instruments (e.g. fluorescence, confocal microscopes, optical setups)
  • Some experience in optical spectroscopy (fluorescence, biospectroscopy) and knowledge of spectral instrumentation (spectrographs, cameras, microscopes, PMT/APD photodetectors, photodetection techniques)
  • Experience in lasers and optoelectronics
  • Experience in software development (C/C++, LabView, Matlab, Office, Origin, Python etc.) and potentially electronic circuits development
  • Very good skills in spoken and written English
  • Outstanding motivation for research, reliability, independence, teamwork skills, creativity, high personal culture,
  • The candidate applies and passes the exam to the Wrocław Doctoral School of Institutes of Polish Academy of Sciences (WDS)

Doctoral Student Responsibilities

  • Characterization of temperature and excitation power dependent properties of colloidal nano-/micro-particles
  • Design, construction and testing of new optical systems (photon counting with PMT, automation of spectral and kinetic studies of colloidal nanoparticles, development of single nanoparticle fluorescence microscope based)
  • Data analysis, modelling, writing reports and scientific publications
  • Cooperation with researchers, purchasing equipment related to the project, support and mentoring of M.Sc. students

Scholarship

The doctoral student will receive a doctoral scholarship for a maximum of 4 years. In the period of 33 months, the scholarship will be paid from the project funds, in the increased amount (for the remaining period of education, the scholarship will be paid in the amount not lower than that specified in the Law on Higher Education and Science):

  • 5000 zł (the amount will be reduced by the cost of mandatory social security contributions, etc., about 24%)

The scholarship will be paid after deduction of all components, in accordance with the applicable regulations and in accordance with the Act of 20 July 2018 Law on Higher Education and Science (Journal of Laws of 2018, item 1668, as amended).

Joining the competition

Candidates wishing to enter the competition should submit all documents specified in the Rules of Recruitment to the Wrocław Doctoral School of Institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences for the 2023/2024 academic year https://www.intibs.pl/en/for-students/rules-of-recruitment.html   

Candidates' applications for admission to the School must be submitted by

a) by email to the address (preferred method of application); however, the

original documents should be delivered before the studies start (a failure to meet this

requirement will result in the candidate’s name being removed from the list of doctoral

students).

b) in person at the School’s Secretariat Office at the Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, 2 Okólna St. in Wrocław, from 9 am to 3 pm

or

c) by registered mail or courier (the date on which the Secretariat Office received the documents is considered to be the delivery date) to the following address: WSD IPAN, ul. Okólna 2, 50-422 Wrocław.

Description of the research project and the PhD thesis

The objective of the project is to study a 4 color FRET with lanthanide doped luminescent nanoparticles as donors for its potential use in DNA sequencing by synthesis. First, a wide range of appropriate luminescent colloidal nano-/micro-materials will be synthesized and characterized in terms of structure, morphology and fundamental spectral properties. Next, these materials will be versatilely characterized, searching for suitable features (e.g. anti-Stokes emission, efficient transfer to selected acceptors). For the latter, a dedicated optical setup for temperature and excitation power dependent spectra and luminescence kinetics studies will be developed using fluorescence microscope, temperature chamber, photon counters etc. to automate some routine measurements. Simultaneously dedicated optical instruments will be developed to study the most promising materials for time-resolved 4CH FRET recording and analysis.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact the project manager prof. dr hab. Artur Bednarkiewicz (email: , tel. +48 71 3954291)

Personal information

Candidates' personal data are collected and processed by the Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research of Polish Academy of Sciences in Wrocław in accordance with the information on personal data processing available at https://bip.intibs.pl/artykuly/173/rodo .