Joining our Group

Thanks for clicking on this link, happy to hear that you are interested in joining our group. There are various ways of joining our group and a non-exhaustive list can be found below. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to ask us.

For Undergraduate Summer/Winter/Anytime Projects (potentially also remotely)

There is usually the possibility to host one or two students for an extended project in our laboratories, both on site and given the international COVID-19 situation we're also envisioning remote projects as new path to gather research experience. The exact topics vary from a literature review to building measurement equipment to investigating particular questions on our solar cells that can be done in a few weeks to two-three months. We are doing mainly experimental work, so being hands-on is of advantages, but have become a bit more flexible given the pandemic and work-from-home. Depending on the particular topic, the requirements can range from e.g. experience with Python, FreeCAD, electronics and open source hardware to a solid understanding of semiconductor physics. General requirement is a keen interest in renewable energies. In terms of funding, MPLS/EPSRC has some Vaction Bursaries (2nd or 3rd year students though) and for Oxford students, sometimes Colleges have summer project funding. We still need to figure out how this would work for remote undergraduate projects, but this should not stop you from asking.

As PhD (or DPhil, as it is called here) Student

The application process for DPhil places is very formal and structured here in Oxford. The intake of new DPhil students is always in October of a year and the application process starts roughly 10-12 months before that. Our topics and the details of the application process, including specific deadlines can be found on a Central Physics Page. The University has information on fees and funding opportunities on its own own pages. Note: applications can only be received through the official university application pages, not by email.

Through a Fellowship

Many fellowships, in particular postdoctoral fellowships, are advertised that require an academic host. One example are the fellowships offered through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, but there are more. If you are interested in joining our group this way, the earlier you contact us, the better. These schemes are all very competitive, so a well prepared proposal is essential, and this usually takes some time...

As Visiting Researcher

Oxford is a great place for a sabbatical, but even shorter research stays are worthwhile in our opinion. Key to a successful visit in our lab is matching interests, mutually added value as well as sufficient time and capacities in our laboratories. Hence, a good planning is required, in particular with respect to timing and required resources. Before contacting us, please have a close look at our research focus as well as publications.