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ERA Chair holder Position in Nanotechnology at the Institute of Plant Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IPG PAS)

Job title: ERA Chair holder
Department / Division / Faculty: Plant Nanotechnology
Salary range: 37,500.00PLN (8,375.00 EUR) per month
Contract type: Full-time employment, fixed term for 4-5 years
Job location: IPGPAS, Poznań, Poland
Deadline: The selection process will be kept open until a suitable candidate is found. Applications received earlier will be assured of careful consideration.

The IPG PAS is looking to hire an ERA Chair holder to establish and lead an interdisciplinary and international research team at the IPG PAS in the area of ​​nanotechnology in the framework of Horizon 2020 ERA Chair project (NANOPLANT- GA856961) funded by the EU . The ERA Chair is expected to be one of the key persons who will boost the research performance of IPG PAS in the area of ​​nanotechnology and will lead its active participation in European Research Area. Job details:
  • Work place: Poznań, Poland
  • Research field: Nanotechnology or nanoscience
  • Career stage: Leading Researcher (R4)
  • Nature of the Job: Full-time employment
  1. A full-time employment contract for the entire life span of the project with a potential for continuation 
  2. An attractive gross salary of 37,500.00 PLN (8,375.00 EUR) per month, pension scheme, health insurance for the chair holder and dependents, and 36 working days of holidays per year 
  3. Seed money for research 
  4. Funds for hiring two senior researchers (R3), one senior postdoc (R2) and a lab manager for the ERA chair team 
  5. Generous funding for the team to attend national and international conferences, seminars, short / long-term work visits and for inviting excellent scientists to lectures / seminars at IPG PAS 
  6. State of the art laboratory space and office for the team 
  7. Excellent opportunity for career development and a stimulating international working environment
  1. PhD in the area of ​​nanotechnology or any area of ​​nanoscience 
  2. Outstanding scientific track record of successful research in any aspect of nanotechnology (chemical, biochemical, physical, biological, environmental, medical, engineering or applied) with clear evidence of leadership in the selected domain 
  3. Interest in applying the nanotechnology skills to establish new experimental approaches in plant science; previous experience in plant science will be a plus, but is not essential 
  4. Successful in obtaining competitive research funding and managing projects 
  5. Good organizational skills and experience in managing research teams 
  6. Excellent communication skills in English 
  7. Ability to communicate with other scientists at the interface of academy and industry
  1. Conduct high quality research in nanotechnology related to plant sciences and develop an innovative research profile 
  2. Establish and lead a research team of four members 
  3. Exploit synergies with existing teams and develop national and international collaborations 
  4. Achieve the objectives of the project in close collaboration with the team members and the project coordinator 
  5. Ensure the effective management of the project in close collaboration with the project coordinator and achieve all measurable outcomes specified in the project description 
  6. Disseminate the research results through high quality publications, participation in conferences, workshops and seminars.

Keywords: nanotechnology, material science, colloids and interfaces, plant science, life sciences 

  1. Curriculum vitae 
  2. Complete list of publications highlighting the five most important articles 
  3. Letter of motivation describing the candidate’s research and leadership skills 
  4. The contact details of 3 references who may be contacted for an opinion on the candidate. 

All the above documents in the electronic form compiled to a single file must be sent to: mentioning “ERA Chair holder – Nanoplant” in the subject. More information on the project can be found at and informal inquiries related to the position, if any, should be addressed to the coordinator: 

The selection of the best candidate is carried out in two rounds. In the first round, candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their scientific performance (number of publications as first author and corresponding author, H-index and on the basis of coordinated international and national projects), industrial experience (patents, projects with industry, etc.) and academic excellence (leadership skills, administrative experience, international mobility and team leadership). The documents submitted by the candidates will be evaluated by the International Selection Committee and the top candidate(s) will be invited, on a first-come, first-served basis, to give a presentation to the Selection Committee (via videoconference or by visiting IPGPAS) describing his/her research activities, vision and work plan for the ERA Chair role at IPGPAS (travel expenses will be covered by the project funds).

Once the ERA Chair holder is selected.

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