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PhD Studentship in Emerging Photovoltaics: Taking Tunable Metal Halide Perovskites to Their Limits

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship to join the group of Dr Sam Stranks ( in the Cavendish Laboratory (Department of Physics), University of Cambridge, UK.

The PhD programme associated with this studentship would commence in October 2018. The award will provide a tax-free stipend that will cover tuition fees (at the UK/EU rate) and living expense (at the RCUK rate, £14,553 per year for 2017/18). Fixed-term: The funds for these posts are available for 3 years in the first instance.

The student must complete the programme in 42 months. The successful candidate should have a good first degree and a Masters degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, or a related area.

The studentship is associated with our recently-funded Royal Society Enhancement Grant entitled 'Taking Tunable Metal Halide Perovskites to Their Limits'. In recent work, we discovered effective passivation treatments for halide perovskite films (suitable for photovoltaic and light-emitting applications) based on defect healing through light and atmospheric passivation treatments. This work will focus on fundamentally understanding the mechanism behind the passivation, generalising the treatments to other perovskite structures and investigating the long-term retention of the enhancements. The experimental work will be highly interdisciplinary, with a combination of thin film wet chemistry fabrication, time-resolved photophysical characterisation of films, structural and chemical characterisation, and solar cell device fabrication and testing.

The group (StranksLab) provides a dynamic, collaborative, interdisciplinary environment with diverse, talented researchers focusing on some of the hottest topics in optoelectronics. We are based in the Cavendish Laboratory (Department of Physics) at the University of Cambridge and are members of the world-leading Optoelectronics Group, with access to a wide range of experimental facilities across the University. We have a number of ongoing collaborations across campus and internationally.

If you are interested in the position, please contact Dr Sam Stranks ( and make a formal application via University's Graduate Admissions website ( Further information on how to apply can be found at:

Deadline for submission of the application to the University is the 31st of January 2018.

Please quote reference KA14394 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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