Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of York - Chemisty Department

Introduction / The Role
Two Research Associate positions are available in the Departments of Physics and Chemistry at the University of York as part of a major research project recently funded by EPSRC (EP/P006051).

The project aims to develop practical strategies to improve the mobility of nanoporous metal oxide films by reducing charge trapping at surface and interfaces. It will combine first principles theoretical modelling with structural, spectroscopic and photophysical materials characterisation, in order to understand charge trapping at an atomistic level and guide material modification strategies to improve mobility. Working closely with our industrial partners (Cristal and DyeSol) we will incorporate optimised nanoporous films in perovskite solar cell devices to demonstrate an improvement in efficiency.

All posts in this project will involve significant collaboration within the project team, with external academic collaborators and industry. You will have access to state-of-the-art equipment for experimental and computational work (both at York and national facilities). You will also have opportunities for involvement in outreach activities associated with this project.

The Chemistry post will be supervised by Dr Richard Douthwaite [hyperlink to and will involve synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles as well as structural, spectroscopic and photophysical materials characterisation.

Key Requirements
You should have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics or related Physical Science and a track record of peer-reviewed publications in high-quality journals. A good understanding of Materials Chemistry/Physics and excellent communications skills are also essential, along with the ability to work safely in a chemical laboratory environment.

About York/Chemistry
The University of York is a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities. The recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed the position of the University among the leading institutions in the UK for research. The proportion of research activity of world-leading, 4* status is among the highest of any UK university, and York is rated tenth out of 155 higher education institutions for the impact of its research.

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest and most successful academic departments at York. The Department was placed in the top ten UK universities for Research Power by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF). As a Department we strive to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We are proud of our Athena SWAN Gold Award.

The post is full-time (although applications for flexible or part-time working will be considered) and is available for a fixed term of 36 months with an anticipated start date of 1 January 2017.

To Apply
Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Richard Douthwaite (

Closing date: Midnight on 23 October 2016

The Department of Chemistry holds an Athena SWAN Gold Award and is committed to supporting equality and diversity for all staff and students.

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