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Tender for two Janko Jamnik Doctoral Scholarships


Tender for two Janko Jamnik Doctoral Scholarships

for Promising Early-Stage Researchers in Chemistry and Related Sciences


Applicants (M/F) who will complete their studies of the VII/2 level in chemistry and related sciences (e.g. chemistry, chemical technology, pharmacy, physics, mathematics, biochemistry, biotechnology, biology, microbiology, molecular biology, materials...) by the end of September 2022, and have never enrolled in doctoral studies, can apply for the open competition.

The scholarship will cover the salary of the selected applicant, the enrollment fee for the doctoral study and a visit to one conference per year of his/her choice, as well as the costs for a six-month training program abroad.

The selected applicant must fulfill all the conditions for enrollment in doctoral studies in the academic year 2022/2023 at one of the doctoral programs of the University of Ljubljana, within the enrollment deadline. The applicant will select an appropriate topic and mentor for his/her doctoral thesis, in agreement with one of the heads of departments at the National Institute of Chemistry. The list of potential topics for this year's open competition is published in the attachment below, and is regularly updated. For more information on each topic, applicants can contact the mentors mentioned.

After the submission of proof of fulfillment of the conditions of the tender and the conditions for enrollment, the selected candidate will conclude an employment contract for the position of "Associate - Z" and an agreement on the implementation of training and education, which will more detailed regulate the rights and obligations of the selected candidate, his/her mentor and institute. The employment contract will be concluded for the period until a doctoral degree is obtained, or for a maximum of 4 years.

The application must include:

  • CV;
  • At least two letters of recommendation;
  • Letter of motivation (one A4 page);
  • Essay on one of the following topics (one A4 page):
  1. Energy and environment in the future: friends or foes?
  2.  Artificial intelligence: the answer or the question of knowledge progress
  3.  Are days counted for genetic diseases?



In the letter of motivation, the applicant should briefly explain why he/she wishes to continue his/her career at the National Institute of Technology as a doctoral student. The letter of motivation should include:

  • A brief summary of the applicant's achievements during the course of his/her studies;
  • A brief description of the fields the applicant is most interested in for future doctoral study;
  • What motivates him/her most to work in science;
  • A description of prior experience and other competencies that will make the applicant a good scientist.

The letter of motivation should be written on one A4 page (2 cm margins), Times New Roman 12pt font, one line spacing between lines.



In the essay, the applicant should briefly discuss one of the three proposed topics. The essay should be written on the template published on the website of the National Institute of Chemistry.


Selection criteria:

Excellence in research and study achievements during the course of studies: up to 6 points  

Essay: up to 4 points      


A 5-member expert committee will evaluate applications, and the decision on the selected applicant will be publicly announced.

Applications should be sent to the National Institute of Chemistry, Hajdrihova 19, Ljubljana, by 31 May 2022, quoting: "Open tender – Janko Jamnik Doctoral Scholarship" with an annotation "Do not open". For additional information, applicants may contact the Human Resources Department of the National Institute of Chemistry at 01/47 60 435 or by e-mail: kaja.rems(at)


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