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Research Assistant/Research Associate in Lanthanide Doped Nanocrystals and Lanthanide Chelates for Optoelectronic Devices

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in Lanthanide doped nanocrystals and lanthanide chelates for optoelectronic devices, at the Cavendish Laboratory (Department of Physics).

The successful candidate will join the world-leading Optoelectronics Group, one of the world's leading academic groups in the field of organic and hybrid electronics. Its research programme is built on a broad scientific approach aiming to understand the electronic properties of solution processable semiconductors in general, but also aiming to understand in-depth the physical processes that govern the performance of organic, nanocrystal and hybrid organic-nanocrystal electronic devices, such as light emitting diodes, photovoltaics, and field effect transistors. Further information can be found on the group's website

We are looking for a highly motivated, bright and enthusiastic candidate with a strong background in the synthesis, characterisation and device integration of lanthanide doped nanocrystals and lanthanide chelates. The ideal candidate should have a PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or a related area, and an excellent publication record. Direct experience solution processing of nanocrystals, core-shell nanocrystals, nanocrystal doping, high PLQE nanocrystals, control of nanocrystal and chelates ligand chemistry, as well as electro-optical measurements of thin films, as well as a strong track record of high-quality research and publication is required. Experience with organic semiconductors and nanocrystal-organic hybrids would be a plus.

This position is part of the Centre of Advanced Materials for Integrated Energy Systems (CAM-IES). The CAM-IES is an EPSRC Networking Centre focused on Materials for Energy Applications. It is a joint centre involving Cambridge, Newcastle, Queen Mary University London and University College London and multiple industrial partners The overall objectives of CAM-IES are: To create a UK-based community of researchers focused on materials for Integrated Energy Systems. Develop advanced materials for energy storage, specifically solid-state batteries, coatings for high voltage electrode battery materials, and flow batteries, and energy conversion, specifically solid-oxide fuel cells, CO2 gas separation membranes, hybrid thin film photovoltaics and large-area thermoelectrics.
It will exploit currently unexplored synergies between these different energy fields, in particular in the context of characterisation, scientific understanding and control of the key interfaces in these devices. It will provide a forum for scientific collaboration and exchange as well as access to state-of-the art characterisation and growth equipment to the wider UK energy materials community, in particular unique facilities of the Sir Henry Royce Institute currently being installed in Cambridge. The Centre will combine fundamental energy materials research aimed at making significant breakthroughs in scientific understanding, discovery of new materials, novel device concepts and device performance with a strong industry engagement.

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Informal inquires can be addressed via email to Akshay Rao(

Please quote reference KA12147 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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