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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position investigating Metal Halide Perovskite Optoelectronics at the Cavendish Laboratory (Department of Physics, University of Cambridge).

The successful candidate will join the research group of Sam Stranks ( ). The group's research focuses on the optical and electronic properties of emerging semiconductors including metal halide perovskites, carbon allotropes and other organic semiconductors with particular interests in low-cost, transformative electronics applications including photovoltaics and lighting. The group uses optical spectroscopy tools on a range of length and time scales, in conjunction with other material characterisation tools, to unveil loss mechanisms, discover new semiconducting materials, guide innovative device designs, and push device performance to the limits. The team is part of the Optoelectronics Group (, one of the world's leading academic groups in the field of organic and hybrid electronics.

We are looking for a highly motivated, bright and enthusiastic candidate with a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or a related area. A proven track record of scientific publication and presentation at international conferences is essential. Experience in at least one of the following areas is also essential: synthesis and deposition of organic or hybrid materials; time-resolved spectroscopy; solar cell and/or LED fabrication and characterisation; materials characterisation including SEM- and TEM-based techniques; X-Ray diffraction. Direct experience working with metal halide perovskites is highly desired. The development of independent research projects and research student supervision will also be expected, and existing evidence of the ability to do so would be a plus. The ideal candidate would also assist with laboratory design and setup, and interact with a wide international network of collaborators. Where the successful applicant does not yet have a PhD, he/she will normally be under-appointed as a Research Assistant in a Research Associate post (on the understanding that he/she will be appointed as a Research Associate upon successful completion of his/her PhD).

Applications will be rapidly reviewed after the closing date and interviews conducted shortly thereafter. The candidate would ideally start as soon as possible after 1 November 2017 but there will be some flexibility on the starting date. The post will be a fixed term appointment for 2 years in the first instance, with a potential for a 1-year extension subject to satisfactory progress. The work will be funded by the ERC Starting Grant project HYPERION (HYbrid PERovskites for Next GeneratION Solar Cells and Lighting).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries can be addressed via email to Sam Stranks (

Please quote reference KA13471 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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