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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £25,728 to £38,883
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th August 2018
Closes: 12th September 2018
Job Ref: LJ16420


Grade 5 - £25,728 - £29,799

Grade 7 - £31,604 - £38,883 

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

An Research Assistant/Associate position is available working with Dr Louise Hirst on developing ultra-thin (<100 nm), radiation tolerant III-V photovoltaics for space power applications. This emerging space power concept allows for extended missions in high radiation space environments, while enabling light-weight fully flexible form factors.

The selected candidate will have extensive knowledge of photovoltaic device functionality and design parameters. Specific experience with III-V materials, device simulation, simulation of nanophotonic structures and device processing (lithography, etching, metal deposition) would also be advantageous. 

This post will involve designing and simulating ultra-thin photovoltaic device structures with integrated nanophotonic arrays, developing new process flows for these designs including epitaxial lift-off and bonding, scalable nanophotonic patterning, electrical and optical characterization and data analysis to iteratively improve the device performance. 

This program of work will be performed in collaboration with an industrial partner, IQE plc. 

The successful candidate would also be expected to communicate research outcomes though publications and presentations, as well as contribute to other activities of the group including training of students.

Candidates should hold (or be about to complete) a PhD in materials science, physics or a related area. 

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form. 

Please refer any queries to Dr Louise Hirst by email to Applications should include full cv, referee contact details and publication list.

Please quote reference LJ16420 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. 

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