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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

We are seeking to find a Research Assistant/Associate to work on the modelling of electron wavefunction localisation in molecular semiconductors and metal halide perovskite materials. The post will be based in the Optoelectronics Group at the Department of Physics, University of Cambridge.

The successful candidates will join an international project supported by the Simons Foundation on 'Localisation of Waves', see that builds on a recent theoretical breakthrough called the 'localization landscape'. This interdisciplinary collaboration brings together mathematical tools from harmonic analysis, partial differential equations and probability, with high performance computational simulations and state-of-the-art experimental investigations of ultra-cold atoms and semiconductors. The goal of the project is a unified understanding of wave localization, enabling the solution of some of the most compelling puzzles in modern condensed matter physics and gaining control over the behaviour of waves in disordered media.

The Cambridge-based activity will develop understanding of the properties of electronic states in the semiconductor systems studied experimentally in the Optoelectronics Group. Its research programme is built on a broad scientific approach aiming to understand the electronic processes that govern the performance of organic and hybrid organic-inorganic electronic devices, such as light-emitting diodes, photovoltaics, and field-effect transistors. We are looking for a researcher who will be able to develop models of electronic structure that can be analysed within the 'localisation landscape' formalism, and who will be able to work closely with experimental research in Cambridge and with the theory and modelling activities across the Simons Foundation project. This researcher will have many opportunities to work within the consortium, including the group at the École Polytechnique in Paris, and also with quantum chemical modelling groups with whom we have current collaborations, including the Université de Mons.

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Candidates will have a PhD. in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Materials Science or a related area, will demonstrate high levels of motivation and enthusiasm, and will have an excellent publication record. The ability to work both as part of a team, and independently, coupled with excellent communication, organisational and problem-solving skills is also required. Direct experience of the modelling of electronic states of semiconductor materials is required.

The position is available from 1 April 2019.

The closing date for this advert is Sunday 24th February 2019.

Fixed-term: Funds for this post are available for 2 years 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 inquires can be addressed via email to Prof Sir Richard Friend ( Please include a curriculum vitae while doing so.

Applicants should provide a CV, including contact details of two referees, a list of publications and a covering letter describing their suitability for the role.

Please quote reference KA17945 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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