Nonlinear Optics, Nanoparticles and Amyloids

– application of nonlinear optics and gold nanoparticles to study amyloid formation

The presented project will address the issue of the amyloid formation and search for new techniques and materials applicable in the imaging and control of the protein aggregation. Within this project we are going to apply gold nanoparticles as markers for NIR fs laser imaging of the formation and morphology of amyloids. Moreover, we will explore nonlinear optical properties of amyloids as a potential source of enhanced selectivity of optical imaging of amyloids. Finally, we will investigate liquid crystalline properties of amyloids and self-organization in amyloids-nanoparticles systems.


The project is financed within the framework of the Fundation for Polish Science FIRST TEAM Programme.

 Project value: 1 875 820,00 PLN

Duration: 3 years

open positions!

The project will start in January 2018 with the recruitment of graduate students and undergraduates. Depending on the vacancies, we plan the second recruitment in June 2018.

Apart from the recruitment, we invite all the students who want to collaborate in the frame of the NONA project to contact the project leader and join the group.

project leader

dr inż Joanna Olesiak-Bańska

contact: joanna.olesiak (at)

PhD students (2 positions):

Profile of candidates/requirements:

  1. MSc degree (or equivalent) in the field of Chemistry, Physics, Natural Sciences or related
  2. Experience in: (1 position) a protein biochemistry, chemistry of nanomaterials and/or optical spectroscopy of biomolecules and bioimaging; (1 position) basic experience in a microscopy, optics, physical chemistry and/or physics and chemistry of nanomaterials, advantageous: experience in using Matlab, Comsol, LabView
  3. Fluent spoken and written English
  4. Ability to work in a team as well as independently

Required documents:

  1. CV
  2. Motivation letter
  3. MSc diploma (copy)
  4. List of significant achievements including all publications and conference presentations
  5. At least one recommendation letter and the contact details of a referee (preferably a current or previous supervisor)
MSc student (2 positions):

Profile of candidates/requirements:

  1. Enrollment as a Master Student in the Faculty of Chemistry of WUST on the date of the position start
  2. Basic experience in: (1 position) optics, photonics, physical chemistry, materials science and/or chemistry of nanomaterials; (1 position) biochemistry, materials science and/or chemistry of nanomaterials
  3. Fluent spoken and written English
  4. Ability to work in a team as well as independently

Required documents:

  1. CV
  2. Exam scores and/or bachelor/engineer degree exam scores
  3. Motivation letter
  4. Contact to a previous supervisor/other scientist, who may recommend the candidate
Application deadline: 14-01-2018

position starts on: 01.03.2018

until 30-12-2020

Application deadline: 12-01-2018

position starts on: 01.03.2018

up to 18 months

 stipend: 3500 PLN/month  stipend: 1500 PLN/month
The applications shall be sent to the project leader:

joanna.olesiak (at)

After the first stage several qualified candidates will be invited for an interview with experts.