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Research Associate in Spectroscopy of Hybrid Solar Cells

Imperial College London - Department of Chemistry

Location: London
Salary: £37,904 to £45,547 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th October 2018
Closes: 11th November 2018
Job Ref: NAT00295

South Kensington/White City Campus

Fixed Term: 18 months from Dec 2018

A Research Associate Position in spectroscopy of hybrid solar cells within a RCUK funded project entitled “Strategic University Network to Revolutionise Indian Solar Energy (SUNRISE)” is available at Imperial College London. The Researcher will prepare hybrid inorganic – organic materials and investigate the parameters influencing perovskite solar cell performance and stability. They will use techniques such as steady state and time resolved laser based optical spectroscopy to also investigate charge separation / recombination in such devices. The project will involve collaboration with a large consortium involving leading research groups in India as well as groups in the UK (e.g. Swansea, London Southbank, Cambridge and Oxford). You should hold, or be about to hold a PhD in Chemistry or closely related subject.  A background in hybrid solar cells, perovskite solar cells, expertise in transient optical spectroscopy, experience with solar cell fabrication and characterization, a strong publication record and the ability to write research papers is required. The ability to work within a mutli-disciplinary research group will also be important. The position will be supervised by Dr Saif Haque (

There will be an opportunity to assist in the supervision of PhD candidates and undergraduate students working on these topics. The role will also involve close interactions with both experimental and computational collaborators.

The following are essential requirements for the role:

  • To hold, or be about to hold a PhD in Chemistry or closely related subject
  • Experience in preparation of hybrid perovskite materials, metal chalocogenides and thin films
  • Expertise in laser based transient optical spectroscopy
  • Experience in the fabrication of hybrid inorganic – organic solar cells
  • Expertise in optoelectronic characterization of hybrid solar cells
  • The ability to organise your own work and prioritise deadlines
  • Ability to keep accurate records of research results and activity

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.

Closing Date: 11 November 2018

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