PhD Study

Information for Candidates submitting recruitment documents to the PULS Doctoral School:

• documents should be submitted online only in the recruitment system (signed scans) within a specified time from 17/08/2020, 00.00 to 31.08.2020, 23.59;

• if the data in the system should be updated and their edition is blocked (applies to some PULS graduates), please send the relevant data to IT ( with a request to update it;

• after submitting the documents in the system, please wait for their approval (if the document is inappropriate or with errors, it should be changed) - only candidates who have submitted all the appropriately compiled documents within the deadline will be admitted to the recruitment procedure;

• the photo must comply with the guidelines contained below;

• in the absence of a copy of the diploma, you can provide a certificate from the dean's office on obtaining a professional title;

• a language certificate is an international exam-based certificate of proficiency in that language;

• at the oral exam in a foreign language will be assessed: content of the message, language correctness, language richness, pronunciation and intonation;

• Candidates admitted to the recruitment procedure will be informed by e-mail about the date, time and place/form of an oral exam in a modern foreign language and an interview - in principle, the recruitment takes place at the University (Poland, Poznań, Wojska Polskiego 28), the remote form is allowed only in strictly justified cases (especially for candidates residing abroad);

• the conditions for conducting an oral examination in a modern foreign language and an interview during recruitment to the School will be adapted to the needs of candidates who are disabled, after considering their applications in this matter submitted together with other documents;

• upon the completion of the recruitment procedure a ranking list of candidates will be prepared based on the number of points received in the recruitment procedure (no later than 22/09/2020). Candidates may be enrolled at the School if they have received min. 50% total score. Admission to the School depends on the position of the candidate on the ranking list for the respective discipline within the limit of admissions or if they have received min. 50% total score in the case of people recruited under the projects;

• templates of some documents can be found in the part 'documents' - please describe the documents by providing a short name and the name and surname of the candidate.


Contact details:

Poznań University of Life Sciences Doctoral School
Collegium Maximum, Main Hall
Wojska Polskiego 28, 60-637 Poznań, Poland
tel. +48618466195
mobile +48504498812


More information:


Available positions:

The PhD studies in the field of Wood Technology focuses on the optimal use of the renewable lignocellulosic material both in classic and modern industries. Our education offer is exceptional because during PhD studies at our Faculty students will gain knowledge in the rage of

- chemical wood technology,

- mechanical wood technology,

- furniture design,

- biomaterials engineering.


PhD thesis proposals



Topic content

Supervisor (contact)

1. Reliability of wooden joints in skeletal structures Stress analysis in glue line. Strength and stiffness analyses of adhesive joints. Durability of wooden joints under static and dynamic loading. Reliability of wooden frames.

prof. dr hab. Jerzy Smardzewski

2. Design of lightweight honeycomb panels with auxetic core Modelling of auxetic honeycomb. Analysis of elastic properties of honeycomb. Numerical modelling of sandwich panels with auxetic core. Modelling of physical models. Testing of physical models of lightweight honeycomb panels with auxetic core.

prof. dr hab. Jerzy Smardzewski

3. Gluing of modified wood - characteristic of wood/veneer as material for gluing
- methods of modification of wood/veneers densification
- properties of modified wood/veneers
- characteristic of adhesives in liquid state
- interaction between non- and modified wood/veneer with adhesives
- strength and durability of glue lines
- resistance of glue lines after aging tests

dr hab. Tomasz Krystofiak

4. Gluability of some materials with wood and wood based products - characteristic of some materials
- specific of wood and wood based materials as substrate for gluing
- activation of surface before gluing
- characteristic of adhesives in liquid state
- processes of wettability and adhesion
- strength and durability of glue lines
- resistance of glue lines after aging tests
dr hab. Tomasz Krystofiak
5. Finishing of modified wood with lacquer products - characteristic of wood as material for finishing
- finishing of wood with conventional and UV lacquers
- comparison of economic-technological aspects of different systems of modified wood finishing
- aesthetic-decorative features of lacquer coatings
- wettability and adherence of lacquer coatings to substrates
- resistance of lacquer coatings to selected mechanical, thermal, and chemical factors
- resistance of lacquer coatings after aging test
dr hab. Tomasz Krystofiak
6. Kinetics of lignocellulosic biomass hydrolysis by cellulolytic enzymes of insects origin Efficiency of the hydrolysis process of lignocellulosic biomass catalysed by the cellulolytic enzymes from insects will be investigated. Some kinetic parameters of cellulolytic process will be calculated to determine progress of the reaction. Methods based on HPLC,UV-VIS, FTIR to estimate produced sugars will be elaborated.

dr Kinga Szentner,
prof. UPP dr hab inż. Izabela Ratajczak,

7. Phytoextraction of trace elements in different artificial and environmental systems Analysis of selected Salix taxa potential in phytoremediation of trace elements in model and environmental conditions. Salix cuttings cultivated in different systems (especially with other plants), generate changes in rhizosphere, what will be analyzed and in phytoremediation practice.

prof. dr hab. Mirosław Mleczek


Defense strategies of tree and scrub species to heavy metals during phytoremediation

-mechanisms of plant response to soil pollution with toxic elements (heavy metal ions) including hormonal regulation of oxidative stress and metal detoxification

-analysis of key molecules/secondary metabolites involved in extraordinary resistance of some species to elevated level to toxic elements in soil

-determination of environmental factors adjusting plant survival and reducing metal toxicity rate and their impact on response mechanisms

dr Kinga Drzewiecka



Impact of metal-metal interactions on phenolic compounds in trees Phenolic compounds profile and their content in different tissue in tress under metal stress including interaction between metals and their effect on biosynthesis of phenolic compounds.

dr Monika Gąsecka,

prof. dr hab. Piotr Goliński,

10. Metal-metal interactions in modulation of trace and nutritional elements phytoextraction in trees Analysis of two tree species and role of mutual interactions between selected toxic element in natural phytoextraction process. Changes in nutritional elements content  being an effect of interactions will be analyzed.

prof. dr hab. Mirosław Mleczek

11. Characterisation of archaeological waterlogged wood by PY-GC/MS It is planned to apply the technique - pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (Py-GC/MS), to characterise waterlogged archaeological wood and to study degradation patterns of wood in natural environments. The technique will be applied to samples from the archaeological excavations and data will be compared to those relative to native sound wood of the same species. The method results valuable in the analysis of ancient wood artefacts, avoiding the long wet-chemical procedures that are commonly used in wood analysis, and allowing us to use a minimal sample size.

prof. dr hab. Magdalena Zborowska