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 TEAM 3/2016


Supramolecular materials designed for fundamental studies and energy conversion technologies


Project leader: Prof. dr hab. inż. Piotr Kaszynski
Project duration: October 2017 – September 2020
Project localization: Centre of Molecular and Macromolecular Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences
Project value: 3 480 000 PLN


The project is realized within the TEAM programme of Foundation for Polish Science, co-financed by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund 

Project description

   The goal of this program is to develop unique self-organizing molecular and polymeric materials for energy harvesting, energy storage, and information processing. The research deals with two classes of such materials both forming fluid supramolecular structures (liquid crystalline phases) with the desired bulk properties and behavior.
   Overall, the program comprises of two related projects and deals with systematic development and detailed characterization of liquid crystals derived from stable radicals and boron clusters specifically designed for the needs of modern technological applications in molecular electronics, and energy conversion and storage, and information processing. In both projects liquid crystallinity is a vehicle to impose supramolecular organization of the material in order to obtain anisotropy of the desired properties. The first project focuses on organic semiconductors and photoconductors for electronic and spintronic applications. The centerpiece of the molecular design is a pi-delocalized radical, which is substituted in such a way, that the molecules self-organize into columns or layers.  In the second project, ionic liquid crystals are derived from boron clusters and are investigated as anisotropic electrolytes for battery applications.

Research tasks:
1.  Synthesis and characterization of appropriately functionalized and substituted stable radicals, which exhibit liquid crystalline behavior
2.  Synthesis and characterization of liquid crystalline derivatives of boron clusters
3. Investigation of the resulting molecular materials for their structural, thermal, photophysical, magnetic, spintronic, electrochemical, ion conduction, and spectroscopic properties in the pure state and in mixtures; development of structure-property relationships
4.  Preparation of polymeric derivatives and their characterization.
5.  Device testing of selected materials.
6.  Computational analysis and modeling of molecular and electronic structures of selected derivatives and comparison with experimental data.
 

Team members

being recruited


International Partners
1.    Prof. Anna Chrostowska, Department of Chemistry, University of Pau, France.
2.    Prof. Eugenio Coronado, Institut Nanosciences et Cryogénie, CEA, University of Valencia, Spain
3.    Prof. Sabine Ludwigs, Department of Chemistry–University of Stuttgart, Germany.
4.    Dr. Hirosato Monobe, AIST, Kansai Centre, Japan
5.    Dr. Christopher Semprimoschnig, European Space Agency, ESTEC, The Netherlands
6.    Prof. Greg Szulczewski Department of Chemistry, University of Alabama, USA


Publications
No papers yet.


Recruitment
Recruiting is in progress. We are now looking for postdoctoral researchers, PhD students and MSc students to complete the research team. The deadline for submission of the applications is August 25th for postdoctoral candidates and September 11th, 2017 for doctoral and undergraduate students at 3 p.m.
 

Recruiting Committee
The Recruiting Committee comprises of 3 members of the Institute including the Project Leader, and is in charge of the entire recruiting process. The representative of the Foundation of Polish Science has also been invited to participate in the recruitment. The recruiting of the TEAM members is performed in an open, two-step procedure.
 

Information about the Recruitment
Information about available positions in the project is posted on Internet in English. It is also available on general websites such as fnp.org.pl, www.cbmm.lodz.pl and euraxess.ec.europa.eu, and the web page of the hosting research group: http://www.cbmm.lodz.pl/work.php?id=70&title=piotr-kaszynski. The information is also passed via electronic letters to administrators of Chemistry Departments in Poland and other countries.
 

What we offer
•    Participation in a high impact interdisciplinary research
•    Opportunity to acquire broad skills in the field of soft materials
•    Work in a team of dedicated international researchers
•    Friendly and highly motivating team-work environment
•    Contacts with other partner laboratories and conference participation
•    Rewarding salary
 

Requirements for postdoctoral candidates:

•    PhD degree in Chemistry or related to Chemistry preferably within the past 5 years
•    Proven ability for outstanding research and team work in topics relevant to soft materials

    Research experience in at least one of the following: organic synthesis, characterization of liquid crystals, boron cluster chemistry, organic magnetism, organic photovoltaic materials
•    Documented scientific achievements
•    Enthusiasm and high motivation for learning new techniques and collaboration with other research groups
•    Proficiency in spoken and written English (knowledge of Polish is not required)
•    Being team-oriented with good communication, interpersonal, and management skills in order to work in a multidisciplinary and international environment of the research team
•    Creativity, self-reliance, and focus on results

 

Requirements for PhD student candidates
•    MSc or equivalent degree in chemistry or related fields (no later that Sept 30, 2017)
•    Research experience in at least one of the following: organic synthesis, characterization of liquid crystals, boron cluster chemistry, organic magnetism, organic photovoltaic materials.
•    Knowledge of spectroscopic methods (IR, NMR, UV-Vis)
•    Ability to communicate in English
•    Enthusiasm and high motivation for learning new techniques and collaboration with other research groups

•    Being team-oriented with good communication and interpersonal skills
•    Creativity, self-reliance, and focus on results

Requirements for MSc student candidates
•    MSc-track in chemistry or related fields
•    Ability to communicate in English
•    Being team-oriented with good communication and interpersonal skills
•    Enthusiasm and high motivation for learning new techniques and collaboration with other research groups

Document Submission
All candidates must submit the following documents:

1. Cover letter and motivation for the position.

2. Application Form.

3. Curriculum Vitae with the number of citations of publications without self-citations, the h index and the number of years worked effectively in science (after subtraction of breaks due to e.g. maternity leave, internship in industry, etc).

4. Full list of publications and patent applications with indicated the top five most important in the last 5 years of the candidate’s research work (after subtraction of breaks in research).

5. A brief summary of professional accomplishments, containing concise information about scientific interests and past achievements.

6. A list of research projects (application or implementation), which were led by the candidate or where he/she was the main researcher, and 1-3 key publications that resulted from these projects, or other tangible results of the projects.

7. Scan or photocopy of the candidate’s university degree diploma.

8. Scan or photocopy of the candidate’s post-graduate degree diploma (if applicable).

9. Two or three recommendation letters from independent researchers, including current or the most recent supervisor, sent directly (the form is available on the web site: http://www.cbmm.lodz.pl/work.php?id=70&title=piotr-kaszynski).

10. Declaration that the Candidate is acquainted with the General Rules Governing Competitions for Research Posts at the CBMM PAN.

11. Consent to the processing of the candidate’s personal data for the purposes of the competition.

Please submit your signed application together with accompanying documents in one e-mail entitled “PostDoc TEAM”, “PhD Student TEAM” or “Student TEAM” to the e-mail address kaszynskiTEAM@cbmm.lodz.pl or to the following address:

 

Centre of Molecular and Macromolecular Studies PAS

Sienkiewicza 112, 90-363 Łódź

 

    Please write on the envelope: "Competition for a postdoctoral, doctorate student, or student (select one) position in Professor Kaszyński TEAM project". The deadline for the submission of applications is August 25th for postdoctoral candidates and September 11th, 2017 for doctoral and undergraduate students at 3 p.m.
 

Criteria for assessing candidates
•    Accomplishments and creativity measured by the quality and number of scientific publications in which the candidate is the first author, corresponding author, or a significant author (the importance of the candidate’s work in a given publication may be highlighted by the corresponding author/person conducting the research in a separate letter to the Committee) and patent applications/patents and/or implementation (if applicable)
•    Mobility in candidate’s scientific career (including completed research internships, change in the scientific profile, internships and work in industry)
•    The number of citations of the candidate’s work, especially those works in which the candidate is the first author, corresponding author or a significant author
 

Interview
Selected candidates will be invited for an interview with the Recruiting Committee. Final decisions will be reached upon assessment of the scientific experience, accomplishments, fields of expertise, interest and potential input, which the candidate can bring to the project. A detailed written report describing all stages of the selection process will be sent to the Foundation for Polish Science. Employment conditions will be in accordance with the IPC PAS and Foundation for Polish Science regulations, as well as TEAM Competition Documentation (TEAM3/2016)