Research Associate in Physical Chemistry (Spectroscopy)

University College London - UCL - Chemistry

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. 

The Research Associate will work with Dr Tracey Clarke in the Department of Chemistry at the Bloomsbury Campus of University College London. This EPSRC-funded position is available working in the field of time-resolved spectroscopy of materials for organic photovoltaics (OPV). The project aims to create OPV films with new morphological characteristics that induce energetic barriers to bimolecular recombination. The project will apply both morphology and time-resolved spectroscopic characterisation techniques to these OPV films to investigate the new morphologies and the consequent effects on bimolecular recombination. The primary techniques used in this project will be transient absorption spectroscopy and time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy.

The postholder will be required to fabricate the OPV films (typically based on conjugated polymers / fullerenes), characterise the film morphology using AFM and/or TEM, and perform detailed time-resolved spectroscopy experiments to investigate the kinetics of the recombination processes.

The post is funded by the EPSRC for 24 months and is available from January 2017.

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree in Physical Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, or a related discipline (or be about to be awarded a PhD), and must possess experience in laser spectroscopy. Experience in at least one of the following areas is also essential: transient absorption spectroscopy, vibrational spectroscopy, OPV film/device fabrication, film morphology characterisation, designing and setting up or modifying laser spectroscopy systems.

Please note, appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6 (salary £29,809 - £31,432 per annum, including London Allowance of £2,980 p.a.) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

UCL vacancy reference: 1606975.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Tracey Clarke, tracey.clarke@ucl.ac.uk. Any queries on the application process can be directed to Judith James, j.k.james@ucl.ac.uk , as we wish to encourage online applications.

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC.

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