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Research Associate - Spectral Converters (Solar) (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £26,243 to £39,609 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 5th August 2019
Closes: 6th September 2019
Job Ref: LJ20186

Research Assistant: Grade 5 (£26,243 - £30,395 per annum) Research Associate: Grade 7 (£32,236 - £39,609 per annum)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the Photoactive Materials Group led by Dr Rachel Evans in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge. The expected start date is 1st December 2019 or soon thereafter. Funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to take part in a new and innovative project funded by an ERC consolidator grant to design and implement spectral conversion materials that boost the performance of solar cells. This is expected to expedite the widespread deployment of photovoltaic cells in the urban environment. 

The successful candidate will undertake a senior role in a multidisciplinary team working collaboratively to tackle this important challenge. You will lead the spectroscopic analysis of spectral conversion materials designed to downshift or upconvert solar radiation to the absorption window of different types of solar cell. Emphasis will be placed on understanding light transport processes in these materials. You will work closely alongside materials chemists and device physicists to contribute to the design of efficient luminescent solar devices. 

You should have completed, or be close to achieving, an experimental PhD in Physical Chemistry/Chemical Physics. You will have a strong background in steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopies and transient absorption techniques. Experience in the study of upconverting materials (e.g. triplet-triplet annihilation) is highly desirable, as is the characterisation of photovoltaic devices. Knowledge of the construction and maintenance of optical instruments would be advantageous. Evidence of successful experience in multidisciplinary research and excellent communication skills is a key requisite. 

You will be responsible for a wide range of activities but will primarily be focused on undertaking original research, which will involve a broad range of skills including synthesis, experimental development, application, data interpretation and scientific writing and presentation. You should have a very strong track record of publishing in leading international journals and have excellent writing and proof-reading skills. As a postdoctoral research associate you will be tasked with in-lab mentoring of more junior members of the research team. You will be expected to take responsibility for organising resources and effective decision making in support of research (including data management and accessibility) and to develop contacts and research collaborations within the University and wider community. 

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit :

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Rachel Evans, 

Interviews will be conducted in early October 2019. Successful candidates who have not been awarded their PhD by the appointment date will be appointed as a Research Assistant at Grade 5 (£26,243 - £30,395 per annum). Upon award of the PhD the individual will be promoted to Research Associate, Grade 7 (£32,236 - £39,609 per annum). 

Please quote reference LJ20186 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. 

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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