Research Associate Position in Materials Chemistry

Imperial College London - Department of Chemistry

South Kensington/White City Campuses

Fixed Term: Up to 36 months


An EPSRC funded Research Associate position in chiral organic materials and devices is available within the Chemistry Department at Imperial College, London. The successful candidate will join the group of Dr Matthew Fuchter (, working in close collaboration with other research groups at Imperial College (Campbell, Nelson, Jelfs) and with the University of Cambridge.

The successful candidate will carry out novel research that builds upon our highly successful and exciting work on chiral organic materials (Nature Rev. Chem. 2017 DOI: 10.1038/s41570-017-0045,, and their ability to introduce unique functionality into organic electronic devices. These include circularly polarised organic light emitting diodes (Adv. Mater. 2013, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201204961; JACS. 2016 DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b02463) and circularly polarised light detecting transistors (Nature Photon. 2013, DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2013.176), where semiconducting properties can be controlled through chiral composition (ACS Nano 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b03540).

The planned research will focus on characterisation of the conformational, structural and morphological aspects of our chiral materials. We hope to establish a detailed understanding of the underlying mechanisms that result in charge transport, as well as determining the optimum processing techniques for efficient devices. We would like to explore the usage of innovative microscopy techniques for nanofabrication.

Essential requirements include:

  • A PhD degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry or Physics or Materials (or a related discipline)
  • Experience and knowledge of the fabrication and characterisation (morphological and spectroscopic) of thin films of organic conjugated materials
  • Experience of the spectroscopic characterisation of thin films of organic conjugated materials
  • Knowledge of the basic electronic properties of organic conjugated materials
  • A track record of publications appropriate to their career path

Desirable requirements include:

  • Further experience with organic device fabrication/measurement and nanofabrication techniques
  • Experience of the chiroptical measurements (CD, CPL) of organic materials

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 - £34,040 per annum.

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For informal enquiries about this position please contact Dr Matthew Fuchter (

Our preferred method of application is online via our website (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number NAT00027 into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed, also providing a CV and list of publications.

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Closing Date:  21 December 2017 (by midnight)

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