Research Associate in the Origin of the Strong Induced Chiroptical Effect in Semiconducting Polymer/Helicene Blends

Imperial College London - Experimental Solid State Physics Group, Department of Physics

South Kensington Campus 

Salary  Range: £36,070 - £43,350 per annum (Maximum salary on appointment will be £36,070)

Fixed Term: Up to 35 months available from 1st October 2016

Applications are invited for a Research Associate Position to carry out research on the recent discovery that blending an achiral semiconducting polymer with an intrinsically chiral helicene molecule results in the polymer’s photoluminescence and electroluminescence becoming circularly polarised. This research will focus on identifying the conformational, structural and morphological basis of this induced optical chirality, as well as understanding its detailed photophysics, solid-state physics and optimum device processing. This post forms part of a UK EPSRC funded project which involves Imperial College London, the University of Sheffield and Cambridge Display Technology Ltd. It forms part of an ongoing research programme headed by Alasdair Campbell and Matthew Fuchter on organic chiral optoelectronic materials and devices (see Advanced Materials, 25, 2624 (2013); Nature Photonics, 7, 634 (2013)).

You will be expected to travel regularly to visit the project partners at Sheffield. You will also be expected to contribute to the development of intellectual property, publish your own work in refereed-journals and make presentations at international conferences.

Additionally you will be expected to contribute to the College’s teaching activities up to approximately half a day per week during the academic year, as appropriate.

A PhD in Physics, Materials Science or Physical Chemistry, or an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience in the Physical Sciences and Engineering, is essential. Previous experience in the fabrication, morphological characterisation and spectroscopic characterisation of organic semiconductor thin films are essential. Knowledge of the basic electronic properties of organic semiconductors and the structure and operation of organic semiconductor devices are essential. In addition, a proven publication track record in high impact journals is essential.

Previous experience in the measurement and optimisation of organic light emitting diodes, standard techniques for organic semiconductor device fabrication, and chiroptical measurements of organic thin films are desirable.

For an introduction to the Experimental Solid State Physics Group please visit

Our preferred method of application is online via our website: (Please select “Job Search”, then enter the job title or vacancy reference number NS2016201NT into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed, also providing a CV, list of publications and the names of three referees.

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact: Mrs Juraci Didone, Deputy Administrator in Experimental Solid State Physics Group – email  Tele: +44 (0) 20 7594 0785

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*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £31,740 – £33,370 per annum.

Closing date: 3 November 2016 (midnight BST)

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