Rekrutacja uzupełniająca 2019/2020

Recruitment to the GeoPlanet Doctoral School is carried out in the form of the competition.

A person who has a master's degree, a master's degree in engineering or an equivalent degree may apply for the Doctoral School.

The candidate should:

  • select a research topic from the list below and contact with a potential supervisor.

Recruitment begins on 20th November, 2019 and ends on 31stDecember, 2019.

Documents should be sent in electronic form in one PDF file (by e-mail) only to the address:

Required documents:

  1. Application to the doctoral school with the agreement for the processing of personal data for the purposes of the recruitment and the information that the candidate has accepted the Recruitment Regulations for the GeoPlanet Doctoral School. Application to the DS GeoPlanet
  2. A copy of the master's diploma or a certificate of the completion of the master studies.

Note: If the candidate does not have the abovementioned documents, she/he is expected to provide them before the admission to the doctoral school.

  1. A list of the university marks obtained during the first and second degree studies or a list of marks obtained during the master's studies.
  2. A curriculum vitae completed by the information about the education and employment career. CV form
  3. A cover letter containing a short description of scientific interests, scientific achievements, list of publications, information on involvement in scientific activity (membership in university scientific associations, participation in scientific conferences, internships and trainings, awards and distinctions) and justification of the decision to undertake education in the Doctoral School. A cover letter form
  4. Certificates or other documents proving the level of English proficiency, if the candidate possesses them.
  5. At least one recommendation letter from the current academic supervisor or other academic staff about the candidate's current scientific activity.

Note: Please do not sent any extra documents! Documents should be sent in one PDF file in the order as above (1-7). The documents sent in other form will not be considered by the recruitment committee.

The recruitment process consists of two stages:

Stage 1 - evaluation of the provided documents

  • scientific achievements of the candidate (0-5 points) based on university marks, scientific and pop-science publications, patent applications, awards and distinctions resulting from scientific research or student activity, scholarships;
  • candidate's scientific and professional experience (0-5 points) based on participation in conferences, workshops, training and internships, participation in research and commercial projects, involvement in societies and research clubs.

The candidate must obtain 6 points minimum in the first stage, so to be qualified for the second stage.

Stage 2 - an interview evaluated by the recruitment committee

  • candidate's knowledge of the discipline represented by the Institute (0-3 points);
  • knowledge of the subject within the selected research topic chosen by the candidate (0-3 points);
  • motivation and predisposition to the scientific work (0-4 points).

Candidates who obtain in total 10 points at maximum will not be accepted.

The Institute will inform candidates about the results within 14 days from the day of the last interview.

If the number of candidates admitted to the Doctoral School proves smaller than expected by the date of the end of the recruitment, the Institute will announce the supplementary recruitment.

Please note, that the financial conditions offered in the recruitment ads are regular scholarships at this stage of the scientific career in Poland.

The Institute of Geophysics will pay the successful candidate the basic scholarship of 2100 PLN (Polish zloty) per month (ca. 500 USD) - value after tax. After two years of the studies the basic scholarship will rise to 3200 PLN (value after tax), provided that you pass the mid-term evaluation (see the regulations attached).

The best students from abroad may apply for the special scholarship of 5000 PLN (value BEFORE tax = ca. 3700 PLN after tax) monthly that according to the regulations will be awarded by the special committee in February 2020. This scholarship is awarded every year, which means that every year all foreign students have an equal chance to obtain this scholarship. In case of success, the basic scholarship is cancelled and only the special scholarship (higher after tax) will be paid (one cannot obtain two scholarships at the same time).

Apart from basic and special scholarship there is a variety of possibilities to increase the amount of your scholarship by applying for internal and external grants. Please discuss this issue with your supervisor.

Please be aware that the Institute of Geophysics does not participate in costs of your relocation to Poland and settling down here. Therefore you should be financially prepared to cover the travelling costs, renting a flat/room and for living for a few weeks until first money will top up your Polish account (we try to be as fast as possible, but we cannot overcome unexpected administrative problems).

To estimate the rough living costs in Warsaw, please refer to "Doctoral School Student's Guide" (doctoral-school-students-guide-en-php).

For additional information contact:

Dr hab. inż. Krzysztof Kochanek - The Coordinator of the GeoPlanet Doctoral School in the Institute of Geophysics, PAS

Anna Cygan - The Head of Research Office


The list of the PHD subjects


 1. Cellular automata modelling inter-event time distributions for earthquakes

The PhD scholarship is partially funded by the National Science Centre of Poland for the project

Mechanistic explanation of a generation of (and deviations from) the universal curve of the Earthquake Recurrence Time Distribution by means of constructions of solvable stochastic cellular automata and their analytical description.

Tasks description:

  • Generating inter-event time distributions using various versions of Random Domino Automata
  • Numerical and analytical tests of the properties of extensions of Random Domino Automata
  • Comparative tests with real data


The candidate should hold master's degree in exact sciences (preferred physics or mathematics), natural sciences (earth sciences) or technical sciences and a positive result of recruitment for doctoral studies at the IGF PAN (until the start of work).

Requirements for candidates: experience in the field of stochastic processes or statistical physics and modelling of complex systems; basic knowledge of earthquakes; ability to use the Mathematica program in the field of numerical calculations and simulations; good English in speech and writing; strong motivation for scientific work and willingness to develop knowledge in the field of theoretical geophysics.

Financial provisions: 9 months with monthly fellowship 4667 PLN before taxes (= approx. 3400 after taxes), remaining months during 1st and 2nd year of study (up to September 2021) approx. 2100 PLN after taxes, 3rd and 4th year of study approx. 3200 after taxes.

Additional provisions are possible depending on successful research grants applications.

The supervisor will be Dr hab. Mariusz Białecki,, Institute of Geophysics PAS.


2. Analysis of magnetohydrodynamic instabilities

The PhD scholarship is partially funded by the National Science Centre of Poland for the project

Tasks description:

  1. A joint numerical and theoretical approach to the analysis of hydrodynamic equations, to determine the conditions for excitation of instabilities in the Solar tachocline.
  2. Writing regular reports on progress and presentation of the results to the project management board according to the agreed schedule.
  3. Help in the maintenance of the day-to-day work of the Institute of Geophysics PAS including organization of research and teaching.


The task of the student will involve analysis of the so-called Magnetic Buoyancy Instability (MBI) and its relation to hydro-magnetic dynamo in the solar interior. The study will be concerned with a model of the Solar tachocline – a region of strong shear, where the Solar toroidal field is greatly amplified. The Ph.D. student will be required to do the theoretical and/or numerical analysis of the dynamical equations, that is the Navier-Stokes equation with the Lorentz force and the coupled induction equation resulting from Maxwell’s and Ohm’s laws. The ultimate aim of the project is to establish the effective dynamical equations governing the magnetic field evolution in the Solar tachocline, based on the temporal and spatial scales introduced by the Magnetic Buoyancy instability and the Magnetorotational instabilities.  A detailed analysis of the instabilities, in particular their weakly nonlinear evolution and saturation will allow to model the time evolution of the Solar magnetic field. The results will be confronted with numerical solutions of the full system of equations (not simplified by multiple scale analysis) with parameter values corresponding to the Solar-tachocline regime.


  1. Participant of the doctoral studies, working on the preparation of the doctoral dissertation in the field of mathematics, physics or engineering, preferably fluid dynamics.
  2. Solid basis in the fields of mathematics and physics (candidates who graduated from physical and/or mathematical faculties are preferred).
  3. Programming skills (e.g. C, FORTRAN, PYTHON etc.).
  4. Experience in the fields of fluid dynamics and/or electrodynamics is greatly welcome.

Remuneration paid in the form of a scholarship:

  • first year range: 2500 – 4000 PLN/month (additional grant funding),
  • next years: about 2500 PLN/month

The supervisor will be Dr hab. Krzysztof Mizerski,, Institute of Geophysics PAS.




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