Post-doc position in condensed matter physics/ computational materials science/machine learning | NOMATEN

Termin zbierania ofert: 01-06-2024

The National Centre for Nuclear Research opens the competition for

Post-doc position in condensed matter physics/ computational materials science/ machine learning

Localization: National Centre for Nuclear Research (NCBJ), ul. Andrzeja Sołtana 7, 05-400 Otwock, Poland 
(Suburb of Warsaw, efficient and free daily bus transport service provided).

NOMATEN Centre of Excellence is formed through a partnership between NCBJ (Poland), CEA (France) and VTT (Finland). NOMATEN focuses research on the characterization, analysis and development of advanced multifunctional materials, specifically those designed to work in extreme conditions, with primary examples being radiation, high temperature and corrosion.

More about NOMATEN CoE and the detailed project descriptions at http://nomaten.ncbj.gov.pl


  • Ph.D. in physics or related field (who has been awarded a PhD degree within 7 years before joining the project)

    We search for a candidate interested in metallic glasses. The  approach is modelling and optimization using molecular dynamics and machine learning. The position is part of a team looking at these fascinating systems from their fundamental properties and making them in the laboratory to test models and predictions.ch.

          Preferred background: statistical mechanics, computational simulations, machine learning, glasses


  • documented scientific achievements in the form of peer-reviewed articles in JRC journals;
  • fluent English, spoken and written, enabling efficient communication and preparation of scien-tific articles;
  • strong motivation for scientific work and assimilation of new knowledge and technical skills;
  • good interpersonal and communication skills, to be able to work in a multi-cultura 
  • environment both independently and as a part of a team.

We offer: 

  • 9000  - 15,000 PLN per month (at current exchange rate 2,000- 3,300 € per month); the details in each case depend on qualifications and experience, and the compensation is  composed of the base salary, seniority addition,) 

    Read more about contributions in Poland at https://www.ncbj.gov.pl/en/hrcareer/contributions-poland

  • 12 months post-doc position, starting in July 2024 with the possibility of extension. The post-doctoral researcher will be expected to work on the project " Impact of Composition and Cooling Rate on Mechanical Properties of High Entropy Metallic Glasses " funded by the National Science Centre, Poland (SONATA BIS 13).
  • Work in international networks with research institutes and industrial companies. 
  • Access to the research potential of NOMATEN’s three partners between NCBJ (Poland), CEA (France) and VTT (Finland) and other scientific partners.
  • Travel funds for participation in conferences and collaboration, attractive working conditions, atmosphere of teamwork, family-friendly environment with flexible working hours. support of an experienced local team in legal, financial and organisational issues as well as logistic support and advice related to working in Poland - enabling smooth relocation and equal opportunities.

Required documents:

  • Cover letter that explains the motivating factors for considering the position (max. 1 pp)
  • CV with complete publication list 
  • Brief description of important scientific achievements and scientific outlook (max. 2 pp)
  • Two references letters arranged by applicants and directly submitted before the application deadline.
  • PhD diploma copy/scan

       The recruitment is open to candidates who, at the time of submitting their applications, do not have a diploma confirming PhD,
       but who   have a fixed date for obtaining this title before the planned date of employment. In this case, it is necessary to provide
      documents that prove that.

  • As an attachment to your application please sign and enclose the following declaration: 
    I agree to the processing of my personal data included in this application for the needs necessary to carry out the recruitment.

Contact: dr Mikko Alava (mikko.alava@ncbj.gov.pl), Ass.  Prof. Silvia Bonfanti (silvia.bonfanti@ncbj.gov.pl) – project PI

Applications in electronic form should be submitted in English to: magdalena.jedrkiewicz@ncbj.gov.pl.

Candidates may be asked to provide additional documents. We reserve the right to contact only selected candidates and the right to inform about the decision to fill the post only to the selected candidate.

Candidates may be asked to provide additional documents. In the selection process, short-listed candidates will be interviewed in person or remotely. 

1.    The controllers of the personal data processed during the recruitment process are:
a)    National Centre for Nuclear Research, ul.Andrzeja Sołtana 7, 05-400 Otwock and
b)    Foundation for Polish Science, ul. I. Krasickiego 20/22, 02-611 Warszawa.
2.    The data protection officer can be contacted by using the following address:
a)    Personal Data Protection Officer, National Centre for Nuclear Research, Sołtana 7, 05-400 Otwock, Poland
b)    iod@ncbj.gov.pl
3.    Providing data contained in recruitment documents is a condition for applying for a job at NCBJ.
4.    Processing of the personal data for the purpose of filling the position listed in this announcement and to conduct subsequent recruitment is done on the basis of expressed consents. You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time, without affecting the lawfulness of the processing based on consent before its withdrawal.
5.    Your personal data will not be made available to other data recipients.
6.    Your personal data will not be transferred to a third country or to an international organization.
7.    No automated individual decision-making and profiling as referred in Article 22 (1) and (4) GDPR is done during recruitment conducted by NCBJ. This means that no decisions regarding job candidates are made automatically and that no job candidate profiles are made.
8.    In the case you have been unsuccessful in applying for the position listed in this announcement and you haven’t given consent to store the collected personal data in the NCBJ recruitment database, your data will be erased no later than 12 years from the completion of recruitment process, but no longer than the date of the end of the durability period of the project, which will find its basis in the provisions governing project financing.
9.    You have the right to access your personal data, request its rectification or erasure. Filing a request to erase data is tantamount to withdrawal from the recruitment process. You have also the right to request restriction of processing in cases specified in Article 18 GDPR.
10.    You have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority (President of the Office for Personal Data Protection) about unlawful processing of your personal data. The right to file a complaint only concerns the lawfulness of the processing of personal data, not the recruitment process.

The National Centre for Nuclear Research is awarded by “HR Excellence in Research”. Recruitment is based on OTM-R system (Open, Transparent and Merit-based recruitment practices in Research Performing Organisations).


Financed from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education funds granted under contract no. MEiN/2023/DIR/3795 dated 27th December 2023, concluded with the State Treasury - Minister of Science, in the amount of 5 143 237.70 EUR

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 857470