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Recruitment procedure

The documentation submitted by the candidates will be reviewed by the recruitment commission headed by the project coordinator and consisting of three more local scientists together with foreign representative(s) of the consortium. This step can be done by means of electronic communication. Evidently unsuitable candidates will be excluded from further steps. This will require clear and precise motivation and explanation. The reason for such a move occurs when the candidate studied other fields that physics and his education is clearly insufficient to pursue the PhD in physics.

The accepted candidates would be invited to the recruitment commission for a qualification talk. This will take place on Thursday and (if necessary) on Friday 17 and 18 of June 2010. If necessary the qualification talk can be conducted by means of computer video-conference. Also representatives of The Foundation for Polish Science will be invited.

The candidate will be expected to conform to rather strict time limits. It is essential, since the whole recruitment procedure should be finished within two days (if the number of candidates matches the planned one).

The plan of this qualification meeting is as follows.

  1. The candidate will orally present the main concepts and results of his/her M.A. thesis. The presentation should take no more that 10 minutes (7-8, preferably) and should be prepared and given in English. The candidate can use computer presentation (Powerpoint, Beamer) but this not required. He/she can use a traditional blackboard. The scientific merit will be graded by the commission from 0 to 10 points. Easiness of communication in English will be more important than full grammatical correctness.
  2. After the presentation, the commission will have two questions concerning the topics related to the candidate's thesis and presentation. Each question will be graded between 0 and 10 points (maximum 20 points). The answer in English would be preferred, but not required. The candidate will be than asked to answer a question from the list (see p. 3, below). Ater that the candidate will have up to 15 minutes to prepare his/her answers. These answers should not take more than 20 minutes.
  3. The list of questions (problems) is prepared and accesible. A brief and concise answer is expected. Candidate's answer will show whether he/she can concentrate on the fundamental issues rather than on less important details. Candidate can obtain from 0 to 12 points. It is also expected that this part of the qualification would be given in English. If the candidate can show that the drawn problem is beyond his/hers education the question may be changed, or adapted.

The table presented below summarizes the described recruitment procedure and explains the method of granting the points.

Elements of recruitment procedure Allowed time Maximum
1. Presentation (in English) by the candidate of the results of his/hers M.A. thesis (0 -10 points). 10 min. 10 points
2. Two questions concerning the problems related to the candidate's M.A. thesis (in English). (0–10 points twice). 20 min. 20 points
3. One question on problems from the list. Answer in English. Ability to synthetize and to concentrate on important issues. 12 points
4. Average from the candidate's studies multiplied by 2 (with accuracy up to 0.5). 10 points
5. Easiness of communication in English. 6 points
6. Scientific achievements (publications, experience, conferences, etc.). 12 points

The allowed time (including 15 minutes between steps 1 and 2 or 3) is expected not to exceed 45 minutes. The commission may show some elasticity, granting several extra minutes if the candidate appears to be promising and gifted even if having problems with time control.

Links: Gdańsk University, Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics, Institute of Experimental Physics.

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