Post Doctorate Position in Photonics / Optoelectronics of Disordered Organic Semiconductors

University of Potsdam - Department of Physics and Astronomy

Starting date: January 2018.

Hours / Duration: Full-time, 2 years with possibility of up to 1 year extension.

Salary: German starting salary scheme point TV-L 13 Ost (100%).

Job description:

The groups of Dr Safa Shoaee and Professor Dieter Neher, at the University of Potsdam (Institute for Physics and Astronomy) invite applications for experimental postdoctoral position in the field of optoelectronics of disordered semiconductors. The interdisciplinary research projects focus on developing novel spectroscopy methods and models in photonic devices.

The successful candidates will participate in the experimental investigations, and contribute to the development of models of charge carrier motion in disordered semiconductors. This project will involve working together with other nationally- and internationally-renowned groups in the field.

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Key responsibilities:

  • Setting up a pre-designed spectroscopic experiment which involves optics and low signal detection, LabVIEW coding, and automation.
  • Co-supervising PhD students.
  • Undertaking quality research and publication in a multidisciplinary field of research.
  • Lab duties.
  • Presentation of results at conferences and meetings.

Required skills and experience:

  • BSC and MSc in Physics or equivalent.
  • PhD in physics, photonics, or related.
  • LabVIEW and Matlab.

Preferred skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of condensed matter physics, photophysics, optoelectronic properties of semiconductors, and semiconductor device physics.
  • Experience in fabrication and characterization of photodiodes and/or solar cells made of disordered materials such as organic, perovskite, and nano-crystals.
  • Experience in spectroscopic techniques such as pump-probe methods in molecular systems and ultra-fast photoinduced absorption.

We offer:

  • Dynamic, collaborative, interdisciplinary environment with diverse, talented researchers focusing on some of the hottest topics in optoelectronics.
  • Access to a wide range of experimental facilities.
  • Work place where people with novel ideas and passion for realization can try new things.
  • Highly motivating and friendly team environment.

Application procedure:

Interested applicants should send their CV and cover letter via email to Safa Shoaee ( with the subject line, “Post doctorate position in Photonics / Optoelectronics of Disordered Organic Semiconductors - Requisition No.: 185/2017”.

About the employer/this job:

The research groups of Shoaee and Neher investigate charge carrier generation, transport, and recombination in solar cells made of disordered semiconductors such as organics and perovskites. The groups utilize a wide range of advanced optical and optoelectrical techniques to unravel recombination dynamics in disordered semiconductor solar cells. Our team broadly collaborates with a number of world class research groups.

Young, modern, and research oriented, the University of Potsdam has firmly established itself within the scientific landscape since its founding in 1991. Nationally and internationally renowned scientists teach and perform research here at Brandenburg’s largest university. The University of Potsdam is successful in acquiring third-party funds, delivers outstanding performance in technology and knowledge transfer, and has a very service-oriented administration. With about 20,000 students studying at three campuses – Am Neuen Palais, Griebnitzsee, and Golm – the University of Potsdam is a prominent economic factor and engine of development for the region. The University of Potsdam has a total of about 2,750 faculty and staff members and is located in one of Germany’s most scenic areas.

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