Doctoral School - disciplines

The PBS Doctoral School prepares students for attaining a doctoral degree in scientific disciplines for which the University is authorised to award doctoral degrees. There are currently four technical disciplines: automation, electronics and electrical engineering, information technology and telecommunication, mechanical engineering, and chemical sciences; and two natural science disciplines: agriculture and horticulture, and zootechnics and fisheries.

One of the requirements of admission to the PBS Doctoral School is that the doctoral candidate must designate their dissertation supervisor. In order to accommodate meeting that requirement by the students, short descriptions of the courses offered and propositions of ideas for doctoral dissertations are listed below. The propositions have been put forward by scientists representing various fields of study and take form of either a concrete topic proposition or a suggestion of a more general research area that they are interested in.

It should be noted that these topics – being only propositional – may be subject to changes, as may be agreed with the prospective supervisor. Moreover, it should be emphasised that the below list is not exhaustive in regards to the offer of available scientific fields, nor is it a complete list of senior academic staff members with which a student can cooperate to produce their dissertation. The candidates of the Doctoral School are therefore encouraged to discuss these topics with the Chairs of the Scientific Disciplines Councils, prospective dissertation supervisors, and the management of the Doctoral School.


Chair of the Scientific Discipline Council — dr hab. inż. Sławomir Cieślik, prof. PBS

Tytuł lub stopień naukowy, imię i nazwiskoProponowany temat rozprawy doktorskiej lub obszar zainteresowań badawczych
dr hab. inż. Jan Mućko

Wireless Power Transfer Technology Applied to an Autonomous Electric Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Chair of the Scientific Discipline Council — dr hab. inż. Talaśka Tomasz, prof. PBS

Chair of the Scientific Discipline Council — dr inż. Justyna Sobczak-Piąstka

Academic title or scientific degree, nameProposition of a doctoral dissertation topic or the area of scientific interestE-mail address
dr hab. inż. Maciej Dutkiewicz 1. Aerodynamic interaction of the tower and transmission line
2. Influence of high strength of reinforcement and concrete on the bearing capacity of structural elements with openings
3. Optimization of design solutions for slender structures with use of vibration dampers
4. Influence of the prestressed reinforcement on the ultimate limit state and durability of concrete slabs
5. Turbulence and high intensity wind speed effects on structures
6. Influence of concrete composition on the strength and durability of sea armour layer concrete blocks
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prof. dr hab. inż. Adam Podhorecki Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chair of the Scientific Discipline Council — prof. dr hab. inż. Dariusz Boroński

The Mechanical Engineering Faculty at the PBS University of Science and Technology in Bydgoszcz conducts research work and research and development work in the discipline of mechanical engineering which belongs to the field of engineering and technology. The discipline in question came to be as the result of merging five other scientific subjects: construction and utilisation of machinery, production engineering, mechanics, textile studies (for devices), and agricultural engineering, pursuant to the decree of the Minister of Science and Higher Education of 20 September 2018 on scientific fields and scientific and artistic disciplines. The discipline specialises in matters regarding: broadly understood processing of polymer materials, recycling plastics and biomass, modelling utilisation processes of systems and technical objects, conducting experimental research on durability and fatigue life of construction materials and elements, applying numerical method in predicting behaviour of machine parts and whole structures in conditions of static or dynamic stress, and other scientific subjects from the field of mechanical engineering.

Academic title or scientific degree, nameProposition of a doctoral dissertation topic or the area of scientific interestE-mail address
dr hab. inż. Maciej Matuszewski, prof. PBS Analysis of impact of the amount of cutting oil and its additives on the transformation of technological and operational surface layer during processing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
dr hab. inż. Maciej Matuszewski, prof. PBS Analysis of impact of the working conditions of fixed elements in dental braces on changes in their use characteristics determining the effectiveness of teeth movement This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
dr hab. inż. Klaudiusz Migawa, prof. PBS Development of a model for assessing the risk of emergence of undesirable events in operating systems of the transport means with the use of the semi-Markov decision making processes and multi-criteria methods of selecting suboptimal strategies with the use of the Pareto front This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
dr hab. inż. Klaudiusz Migawa, prof. PBS ODevelopment of a model for controlling the efficiency of the operation of the subsystem for ensuring the suitability of the means of transport using elements of regeneration theory, stochastic process modelling, and non-deterministic methods of selecting optimal (suboptimal) solutions This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
dr hab. inż. Janusz Musiał, prof. PBS Testing braking systems on rail vehicles  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
dr hab. inż. Łukasz Muślewski, prof. PBS Development of a method and construction of a model for assessing the efficiency of the operating system of transport means  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
dr hab. inż. Łukasz Muślewski, prof. PBS  Development and analysis of functional solutions for the implementation and operation of modular sets in road transport  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
dr hab. inż. Łukasz Muślewski, prof. PBS Development of an evaluation model and analysis of the selection of the optimal operating strategy of engine oil changes in the power units of selected means of transport  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
dr hab. inż. Łukasz Muślewski, prof. PBS Using semi-Markov process theory to model changes in the operating conditions of technical objects  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
prof. dr hab. inż. Andrzej Bochat Studying the influence of the design of the flail shredder working unit on the shredding process  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
dr hab. inż. Bogdan Ligaj, prof. PBS Experimental testing of selected features of machines with special applications  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
dr hab. inż. Marcin Zastempowski, prof. PBS Investigating the design form of an autonomous field vehicle with regard to its functional efficiency  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
dr hab. inż. Łukasz Pejkowski, prof. PBS Mechanical testing of elements made using melt deposition technology  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
dr hab. inż. Łukasz Pejkowski, prof. PBS Studying the process of fatigue damage accumulation in selected metal alloys subjected to random fatigue stresses  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
dr hab. inż. Tomasz Piątkowski, prof. PBS Investigating the process of manipulating objects with frictional forces as the predominant factor  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
prof. dr hab. inż. Janusz Sempruch Longevity and durability of a new generation of toothed belts used in drive systems and hybrid structures of conveyor belts created for the requirements of close transport  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
prof. dr hab. inż. Dariusz Skibicki Multi-axial fatigue testing of polymers  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
prof. dr hab. inż. Dariusz Boroński Analysis of water migration occurrence in PE-AL-PE multilayer material under various pressure and temperature conditions This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
dr hab. inż. Adam Lipski, prof. PBS Evaluation of suitability of selected hypotheses of fatigue damage accumulation for estimating fatigue life of metal materials in the gigacycle range This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
dr hab. inż. Adam Lipski, prof. PBS Estimation of gigacyclic fatigue properties of metal materials using infrared thermography This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
dr hab. inż. Adam Mazurkiewicz, prof. PBS Investigating the effect of method of storage of joint cartilage intended for mechanical tests on the change of its selected properties This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
dr hab. inż. Piotr Domanowski, prof. PBS Theoretical and experimental testing of magnetron sputtering onto bulk material This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
prof. dr hab. inż. Józef Flizikowski Analysis of the shredding processes in machine quasi-cutting of grains This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
dr hab. inż. Tomasz Paczkowski, prof. PBS Theoretical and experimental research on electrochemical machining with a wire electrode This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
dr hab. inż. Dariusz Sykutera, prof. PBS Analysis of manufacturing processes of hybrid polymer mouldings This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
dr hab. inż. Andrzej Tomporowski, prof. PBS Testing and analysis of performance characteristics of a roller mill with a plate between the rollers This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chair of the Scientific Discipline Council — dr hab. Przemysław Kosobucki, prof. PBS

Modern chemistry is an interdisciplinary science. The currently developing areas of chemistry lie at the intersection of chemistry and chemical technology, especially in the fields of carbohydrates, polymers, catalysis, surface science, kinetics, thermodynamics, research on transitions, chemical synthesis, development of analytical methods, and others. Research conducted at the PBS Faculty of Chemical Technology and Engineering accommodates these trends well. The facilities of the Faculty, available for all its employees, envelopes a wide spectrum of modern equipment, among others: NMR, IR, UV-VIS, and XRF spectroscopes, gas and liquid chromatographs, tools for modifying and analysing plastics, instrument for nanosecond laser flash photolysis, laser particle sizer, and appliances for elemental and thermal analysis. The PBS Doctoral School welcomes all natural sciences graduates who see their future in chemistry-related work, be it in industrial settings, R&D labs, or in education.

Academic title or scientific degree, nameProposition of a doctoral dissertation topic or the area of scientific interestE-mail address
prof. Oleksandr Shyichuk 1. Electrocatalytic materials for hydrogen obtaining
2. Water disinfection by photocatalytic oxidation
3. "Green" catalysts for hydrogen peroxide decomposition
4. Quantification of anionic surfactants by infrared photometric titration
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Chair of the Scientific Discipline Council — dr hab. inż. Joanna Lemanowicz, prof. PBS

Activities conducted in the agriculture and horticulture discipline involve basic research and application research, as well as broadly understood research-and-development. The scientific projects are financed from both national and EU funds. Specialised laboratories allow for complex analysis of physical and chemical properties of the soil, as well as the genetic, physiological, and microbiological properties and composition of agrobiocenoses. Research is also conducted into interdependencies and correlations between the soil and the flora, as well as into spatial diversification of agrobiocenoses in varying ranges. Nutritional value and technological properties of raw materials and agricultural products is also assessed. This discipline would be most suited for graduates of: agriculture, biotechnology, genetics, biology, food technology and human nutrition, or similar fields of study. Newly promoted doctors of this discipline can expect employment opportunities in scientific institutions, higher education establishments, and in private companies.

Academic title or scientific degree, nameProposition of a doctoral dissertation topic or the area of scientific interestE-mail address
dr hab. Inż. Grzegorz Lemańczyk Assessment of the intensification of stem rust occurrence in cereal crops in Poland. Seeking and utilising phenotypic, molecular and metabolic markers to identify the factors determining cereal resistance to Puccinia graminis.

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dr hab. Justyna Lema-Rumińska Tissue cultures of plants, somatic embryogenesis of ornamental and medicinal plants, genetic analyses with use of molecular markers to assess the identity and genetic stability of plants.

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dr hab. inż. Małgorzata Szczepanek Primary cereal species in conventional and organic farming - nutritional and agronomic value. Biostimulators in field crop production in terms of yield volume and quality.

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dr hab. inż. Tomasz Knapowski Influence of fertilization on the quality and safety of cereal crops. Evaluation of technological parameters and baking indicators of grain and flour.

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dr hab. inż. Wojciech Kozera Influence of mineral fertilization on soil fertility and plant nutrition with particular emphasis on herbal plants. Assessment of biological value of plant protein based on amino acid composition. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

dr hab. inż. Elżbieta Wszelaczyńska

Quality and safety of plant raw materials depending on the cultivation and storage technology used, taking into account biological progress and environmental protection. Assessment of the impact of storage on the amount of quantitative and qualitative losses of vegetables, fruit and potatoes obtained using innovative technologies This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

dr hab. inż. Jarosław Pobereżny

Quality of the edible potato or starch potato depending on cultivation and storage technology, in terms of food/industrial processing, taking into account sustainable agroecosystems and environmental protection

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dr hab. inż. Roman Rolbiecki

Influence of subsurface drip irrigation on the growth and yielding of asparagus in organic system on the light soil

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dr hab. inż. Dariusz Pańka

Production technology of symbiotically modified grasses

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dr hab. inż. Krzysztof Gęsiński Cultivation and use of pseudo-crops (quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat). Asian herbs – chemical properties and adjustment of agricultural techniques. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

prof. dr hab. inż. Anna Wenda - Piesik

Studying agroforestry crops in Poland This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
prof. dr hab. inż. Dariusz Piesik

Topic 1: Influence of selected synthetic activators, analogues of ones occurring in nature, on the induction of the plant defence mechanism

Topic 2: Plant memory as a possible scenario for a faster reaction of plants to stress

Topic 3: Different reactions of insects (before and after copulation) to compounds secreted by plants

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Chair of the Scientific Discipline Council — dr hab. inż. Katarzyna Stadnicka, prof. PBS

The scientific activities within the zootechnics and fisheries discipline combine basic research and application research conducted at the PBS Faculty of Animal Breeding and Biology. The work on animals and with animals encompasses nearly all aspects of their lives and involves: farm animals, wild animals, pet animals, and animals in zoos and aquariums. The basic research focuses on aspects regarding: biology and molecular genetics, genetics of animal populations, as well as in vitro breeding, biochemistry, physiology, morphology, histology, and microbiology of animals. The application research focuses on topics of: physiotherapy, breeding and feeding of animals, biosafety and breeding of cattle, swine, poultry, horses, small ruminating animals, and alpacas.

Interdisciplinary research is made possible through use of the advanced scientific infrastructure available at the PBS Faculty of Animal Breeding and Biology. It includes well-equipped and modern laboratories of in vitro breeding, molecular genetics, animal histology and anatomy, quality of animal feed and animal material, and a zoophysiotherapy lab. We welcome graduates of agricultural courses interested in continuing their scientific career but also those who wish to work in practical farming, analytic labs, or R&D labs for companies.

Moreover, we would like to inform you about two scholarships for PhD students of the National Science Center (NCN) titled "Study on the intergenerational and transgenerational phenotypic and epigenetic effect of in ovo chicken embryo stimulation":

Academic title or scientific degree, nameProposition of a doctoral dissertation topic or the area of scientific interestE-mail address
dr hab. inż. Ewa Grochowska

Topic 1: Effect of in ovo administration of bioactive substances on the chicken epigenome in the intergenerational and transgenerational approach.

Topic 2: Studies on transcriptome modifications of selected chicken tissues as a result of in ovo stimulation of the embryo with bioactive substances.

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dr hab. inż. Hanna Jankowiak The influence of size and proportion of the sexes of the litter from which the sow comes on its further reproductive performance.

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dr hab. inż. Katarzyna Stadnicka

Topic 1: Effects of environmental factors and bioactive substances on animal cells - testing based on new in vitro models.

Topic 2: Research on phenotypic and epigenetic effects of stimulating the development of a chicken embryo.

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dr hab. inż. Beata Sitkowska Analysis of the genotype of cows in herds equipped with conventional and automatic milking systems, and its relation to selected production characteristics.

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