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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Photophysics of Organic Solar Cells

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Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Photophysics of Organic Solar Cells.
The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration until 31st March 2021.
The postdoctoral research assistant will be part of a GCRF project called START (Synchrotron Techniques for African Research and Technology). This project will build a partnership between world leading scientists in Africa and the UK who specialise in two strands of science; developing and characterising novel energy materials (catalysts and photovoltaics) and structural biology (understanding disease and developing drug targets).
The focus of this role at Oxford will be on the optoelectronic and photophysical characterisation of organic solar cells, in particular the characteristics of full device stacks, their performance and loss mechanisms. The work will be carried out in close collaboration with our partners (material synthesis, synchrotron techniques) and involve fabrication of organic thin film devices based on small molecules and using vacuum deposition methods here in Oxford. Together, we will seek to develop structure-property relationships between organic small molecules and their performance in solar cells, and use these to improve the devices further. The postholder will be expected to adapt and develop scientific techniques, collaborate in the preparation of reports and journal articles, undertake literature reviews and write up results for publication, represent the group at external meetings and co-ordinate with the project partners. The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.
Applicants should possess, or be near to completion of a doctorate in Physics, Material Science, Engineering or Chemistry and ideally have a strong background in the fabrication and optoelectronic characterisation of full devices, ideally solar cells, made from organic semiconductors or other advanced functional materials like hybrid perovskites.
Previous experience in the field of organic solar cell device physics and characterisation know how will be an advantage.
Candidates are expected to demonstrate a high degree of motivation and independence, the ability to interpret results independently, demonstrable interpersonal skills and the aptitude to work effectively as part of a team.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Dr Moritz Riede (

Only applications received before midday Monday 23rd July 2018 can be considered. You will be required to upload a supporting statement, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.
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Application Deadline: 23 July 2018 by 12:00 midday


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