Marie Sklodowska-Curie MAESTRO Early-Stage Researcher (DPhil Student)

University of Oxford - Department of Physics

Parks Road

From: £31,907 p.a.

Applications are invited for a Marie-Curie Early Stage Researcher who will work in the group of Professor Henry Snaith at the Department of Physics, University of Oxford for 3 years on the MAESTRO project (MAking pErovskiteS TRuly explOitable).

The EC funding for this position provides for a remuneration starting from £31,907 p.a. Actual salary will depend on employer deductions, personal circumstances and the exchange rate applicable to the fellowship. This amount includes an annual living allowance and a mobility allowance (to cover the expenses associated with working in a different country). Under the terms of the EC funding, which aims to promote mobility within the research community, to be eligible for the post you must not have been resident in the UK for more than a total of 12 months in the past 3 years. Persons who have obtained a doctorate or had more than 4 years full time research experience are ineligible.

MAESTRO is a coordinated training network of 10 academic and 7 non-academic groups from 8 EU (2 in the EU-13) and associated countries. Maestro’s overall objective is to generate new skills, knowledge and innovation in the exploitation of perovskite materials in solar power and efficient lighting. Training will be provided in (i) science and technology across physics, chemistry, materials science, electrical engineering in two major application areas; (ii) exploitation from laboratory to fabrication; (iii) transferable skills of communication, information technology, organisation, planning, teamwork, leadership; (iv) skills needed for innovation, such as understanding markets, product life cycles, business models, return on investment. Career paths that are rewarding professionally and financially in self-employment, finance, consultancy, contracting, engineering, computer science and production are opened up. The research undertaken by Maestro teaches the students how to deal with complexities and uncertainties, making them very broad and highly adaptable. Through the high level of participation of commercial partners in Maestro, their PhDs will position them to be comfortable in both corporate and academic worlds. Maestro focuses on perovskites, a material shown in the last 4 years to have a major impact on solar power and potentially also in display technology.

The successful candidate will work in Professor Henry Snaith’s group, be registered for PhD/DPhil training while employed on the MAESTRO ITN, and will be expected to defend a doctoral thesis at the appointment’s end. The Oxford based early years researcher will develop lead free based hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites, MASnI 3 and inorganic double perovskites e.g. Cs 2 BiAgCl 6. Sn-based perovskites are self-doping materials allowing them to adopt electrical properties from semiconducting to metallic 18. They will study how the electrical characteristics depend on sample preparation and how these materials differ from MAPI and FAPI. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

Candidates must possess a good degree in a subject including physics, materials science, chemistry, mathematics or engineering. Previous research experience in the field of organic electronics or metal halide perovskites will be an advantage. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a good ability to work with others in a group environment.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor Henry Snaith (

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

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 22 March 2018 can be considered.

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