Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Photophysics of Organic Solar Cells

University of Oxford - Department of Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Photophysics of Organic Solar Cells. The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration until 31 March 2021.

The postdoctoral research assistant will be part of a GCRF project called START (Synchrotron Techniques for African Research and Technology). This project will build a partnership between world leading scientists in Africa and the UK who specialise in two strands of science; developing and characterising novel energy materials (catalysts and photovoltaics) and structural biology (understanding disease and developing drug targets).

The successful candidate will focus on the photo-physical characterisation of novel energy materials in particular for organic photovoltaics. The work will be carried out in close collaboration with our partners (material synthesis, synchrotron techniques) and involve fabrication of organic thin film devices based on small molecules and using vacuum deposition methods here in Oxford. Together, we will seek to develop structure-property relationships between organic small molecules and their performance in solar cells, and use these to improve the devices further. The postholder will be expected to adapt and develop scientific techniques, collaborate in the preparation of reports and journal articles, undertake literature reviews and write up results for publication, represent the group at external meetings and co-ordinate with the project partners. The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Applicants should possess, or be close to obtaining a doctorate in physics, material science, engineering or chemistry and ideally have a strong background in the fabrication and photophysical characterisation of devices made from organic semiconductors or other advanced functional materials. Previous experience in the field of organic solar cell device physics and characterisation know how will be an advantage. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a high degree of independence, the ability to interpret results independently, demonstrable interpersonal skills and the aptitude to work effectively as part of a team.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Dr Moritz Riede (

You will be required to upload a supporting statement, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on Wednesday 7 February 2017 can be considered.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here:

Closing Date: 07-FEB-2018 12:00

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