Towards understanding ore formation on Mars: new data from ExoMars/TGO and geochemical fingerprinting of meteorites


Principle Investigator:dr Jakub Ciążela

tel.: +48 71 337 63 42



Project summary on the NCN website:

Funding source: National Science Centre Poland, OPUS-19

Project ID: 2020/37/B/ST10/01420

Scientific supervisors: prof. dr hab. Ewa Słaby, dr Jakub Ciążela

Application deadline: 13.10.2021

Start of the scholarship: 01.11.2021

Duration of the employment in the NCN project: 48 months

Remuneration: 3500 PLN gross gross/month

Location: Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wrocław, Poland


We offer:

  • Work in the leading geological institute in Poland;
    • Remuneration paid as a scholarship for the duration of the project (3500 PLN gross gross/month for 48 months);
    • Participation in at least seven international earth science conferences (including Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Goldschmidt Conference, EGU General Assembly, and AGU Fall Meeting)
    • Several research stays in foreign universities;
    • A new high-end company laptop;
    • Extensive course of Polish language for foreigners;
    • Possibility to apply for additional internal and external funding to extend the time or amount of the scholarship;
    • Help in searching for permanent position in academia after obtaining the PhD degree.


Requirements / Expectations:

  • MSc degree in Earth sciences (or a similar discipline) until 30.09.2021;
  • Determination to pursue scientific career in the future;
  • Passion about your research topic that enables you to work exceptionally hard!;
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team;
  • Strong background in petrology, geochemistry, or planetary geology;
  • Experience in work with petrological thin sections, especially using optical microscopy (including reflected light) and EPMA or SEM. Experience with LA-ICPMS and SHRIMP/SIMS is also welcome;
  • Experience in analysis of remote sensing data (images and infrared spectra) is also highly welcome, so do programming skills (e.g., Python, IDL, Matlab);
  • Experience in scientific writing (authorship of an abstract or co-authorship of a publication);
  • Optionally, experience in conducting geological field works (due to various opportunities in other running or future project in our group);
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English;
  • Willingness to learn basics of Polish language. Achieving A2 level after one year, and B1 level after second year is expected and will help to find a permanent position in academia after obtaining the PhD degree.


Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Realization of the project research tasks;
  • Oral presentations (or posters) in international conferences;
  • Preparation of the scientific articles and periodic reports;
  • Participation in doctoral studies organized by Doctoral School Geoplanet (


Form of submitting documents:

Applications should be submitted by 13.10.2021 to the principle investigator of the project, Dr. Jakub Ciążela via e-mail: and to the Scientific Information Office of the Institute via e-mail: In the title of the message please indicate "Mars Ore 2".

For more information please contact dr Jakub Ciążela