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Research Associate in Organic and Hybrid Electronic Materials and Devices

Imperial College London - Department of Physics

Location: London
Salary: £37,904 to £45,547 per annum (Maximum salary on appointment will be up to £40,994 per annum)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th August 2018
Closes: 6th September 2018

Location: South Kensington Campus 

Job Summary 

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position within the Experimental Solid State Physics Group of the Department of Physics. You will be required to carry out research into “Organic and Hybrid Electronic Materials and Devices for Photovoltaic and Photosensor Applications” under Global Research Laboratory (GRL) programme funded by National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF). This research will focus on: (1) the interfacial energetics, (2) the photogenerated charge carrier dynamics, and (3) the origin of traps (molecular, interfacial, and/or morphological), and their impact on device performance.

Duties and responsibilities 

You will be expected to fabricate devices and to utilise a range of advanced optical and optoelectronic spectroscopic techniques including: ambient photoemission, surface photovoltage, and Raman spectroscopy. In addition, you will also be expected to work closely and effectively with our collaborators, in particular our project partners in Korea. 

You will have a PhD in Physics, Physical Chemistry, Materials or Engineering or an equivalent level of professional qualification and experience. 

You must also be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria: 

  • Experience of organic and hybrid device fabrication and characterisation (eg solar cells and photodetectors)
  • Experience of solution based fabrication techniques to control the thin film structures of organic and hybrid materials including perovskites
  • Evidence of outstanding promise and originality in research, demonstrated by a good publication record, commensurate with your career stage

 In addition to above, the following would be advantageous:

  • Experience of conducting and managing collaborative research with other national and international partners
  • Knowledge of optical and optoelectronic characterisation of organic and hybrid materials and devices using spectroscopic techniques (e.g. Raman spectroscopy, UV-Vis absorption, luminescence) and microscopy techniques (e.g. AFM, Scanning Kelvin Probe)
  • Experience of using GAUSSIAN09 software 

Further Information

This is a fixed term position available for 24 months available to start as soon as possible. 

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £33,380 - £35,061 per annum.

Please complete an online application form as directed. Only applicants who have completed application forms will be considered. 

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Professor Ji-Seon Kim (Professor of Solid State Physics) at 

Should you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Nina Tailor (Senior HR Administrator) at  

For technical issues when applying online please email 

Closing date: 6 September 2018 

The Department of Physics is an IoP JUNO Champion and an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner reflecting our commitment to building a supportive, inclusive and highly motivated community. 

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