Post-doc – Chief Research Specialist The Area of High Temperature Corrosion at the Centre of Materials Research

Post-doc – Chief Research Specialist
The Area of 
High Temperature Corrosion at the Centre of Materials Research
Reference number: CBM_PDk_2/2022


Type of contract: Employment contract for 1 year with an extension to 3 years on the evaluation side
Working time: full time / 40 hours per week
Number of work stations: 1
Location: Kraków, ul. Zakopiańska 73
Annual salary: approx. 66 000,00 PLN – 72 000,00  PLN – depending on experience and skills
Offer starting date: 21th January, 2022
Application deadline: 20th March, 2022

What we do in High Temperature Corrosion Area at the Centre of Materials Research?

High Temperature Corrosion Area (HTCA) was established in the Materials Research Centre in 2018 aimed to launch World Class Centre (WCC) within the research focusing on degradation of materials applicable at high temperatures for special attention to aerospace and energy application. The research area covers the exposures of the metallic alloys (iron, nickel, titanium substrates, oxide dispersion-strengthened alloy (ODS), high entropy alloy (HEA)) as well as exposures of coatings for high temperatures application in various atmospheres including: natural air atmosphere, steam atmosphere taking into account different steam flow and oxygen activity. Furthermore, the research scope in HTCA is addressed as well to help resolve today’s critical corrosion issues in aggressive atmospheres (Cl2, H2S, SO2 (up to 1% Vol.), fireside corrosion and finally hot corrosion. Post exposure investigations are conducted on the state of the art equipment that obeys: microstructure and chemical analyses using standard Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) coupled with Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS), Scanning Electron Microscope – Field Emission Gun (SEM-FEG) + EDS, phase analyses using X-ray diffractometer (XRD), Energy Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD). In addition, HTCA produces diffusion coatings using pack cementation coatings, the coatings are applied on various metallic substrates. The HTCA is active in different projects related to material science with special attention to corrosion issues.


Major responsibilities:

  1. Solving scientific problems in the field of testing materials for high-temperature corrosion.
  2. Implementation of research and experimental works in the field of high-temperature corrosion.
  3. Preparation of research methodologies.
  4. Acquisition of R&D projects.
  5. Representing the Institute outside in contacts with clients.
  6. Conducting works aimed at the practical adaptation of research results and participation in their implementation and dissemination (writing reports, patent applications and publications).
  7. Conducting training in the area of ​​its scientific activity.

Expectations and qualification:

  1. Doctoral degree and 2 years of experience in the research and development sector – preferred candidates with a doctoral degree in the material engineering (corrosion science), chemistry, chemical technology or subjects related.
  2. At least 5 publications (referred to in § 9 paragraphs 1-3 of the Regulation of the Minister of Science and Higher Education of February 22, 2019 on the quality assessment of scientific activity, hereinafter: the Regulation) indexed in international databases, such as Web of Science or Scopus with a minimum Total Impact Factor (IF) ≥ 5.
  3. Hirsch index ≥ 3.
  4. Participation in at least three R&D projects referred to in § 22 sec. 1 point 1 of the Regulation as the main contractor in the last three years.
  5. Proven experience in cooperation with industrial partners in the field of R&D works.
  6. Knowledge in the field of materials science and high-temperature corrosion as well as experience in coating processing (thermal spraying, PVD, hard coatings, overlay coatings, diffusion).
  7. Knowledge of the construction and operating conditions of power plants (coal, nuclear) and knowledge of the behavior of materials in jet engines will be an additional advantage.
  8. Knowledge of national and European sources of research funding.
  9. Declaration of the main place of employment in the Łukasiewicz Research Network – Krakow Institute of Technology.
  10. Knowledge of the English language at the level of at least B2.
  11. Communicativeness.
  12. Highly developed organizational skills.
  13. Ability to quickly adapt technological innovations.
  14. Ability to work with rapidly changing priorities.
  15. Ability to work in a team.

We offer:

  1. Work in a research organization focused on the implementation of innovative, prestigious R&D projects.
  2. Employment based on an employment contract.
  3. Flexible working hours.
  4. Benefit package (co-financing for rest, additional medical care package, the possibility of joining the life insurance program).
  5. Possibility of constant professional development and support of the Institute in this regard.
  6. Free parking space.


  1. CV of sciences with achievements, information from:
    1. lists of scientific publications, the number of their citations (without self-citations) and the Hirsch index,
    2. information on managing or participating in research projects,
    3. lists of inventions, patents, implementation studies,
    4. information on completed research internships,
    5. additional important information such as: certificates, awards.
  2. A cover letter with information about the scope of the research.
  3. Reference letter (1-3).

 We are waiting for your application until 20th March, 2022.


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