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RA: Solar - Spectral Converters (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position in the Photoactive Materials Group led by Prof Rachel Evans, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge. The expected start date is 1st November 2022 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, particularly upon integration with photovoltaic (PV) cells. 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 background in solar energy harvesting, photoluminescence downconversion or upconversion, photovoltaic or photonic devices. Practical experience in steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopies, transient absorption techniques and the characterisation of photovoltaic devices is highly desirable. Knowledge of the assembly 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 skills including experiment design and implementation particularly in optical and photovoltaic characterisation, data analysis and interpretation. Your application should demonstrate your ability to communicate your research to the scientific community, through scientific articles and conference participation or other means.

The successful postholder will be expected to manage the group's spectroscopy suite. As a PDRA you will also be encouraged to mentor 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.

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Documents in support of applications should include: 1. CV, including relevant publications and presentations; 2. Covering letter.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Prof. Rachel C. Evans, email

Please quote reference LJ32448 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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