Research Associate in Analysis of potential losses in molecular heterojunction solar cells

Imperial College London has an opening postdoc position. This fellowship is available for all students around the world. The deadline for applying is September 18, 2018.

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position to join the Experimental Solid State Physics Group within the Department of Physics. You will work under the supervision of Professor Jenny Nelson as part of an ERC funded project. The goal is to understand how the chemical structure and organisation of the materials control the efficiency of solar energy conversion.

You will help to produce independent and original research into the mechanisms of electrochemical potential losses during photovoltaic solar energy conversion in organic heterojunction devices. You will be expected to assist in the maintenance of laboratory facilities and the administration of the research team and to support research students. This project will involve a high degree of teamwork and interdisciplinary research.

You will be responsible for designing and fabricating of solar cells and test devices; designing and carrying out experimental measurements of the transient and steady-state optoelectrical response of devices; conducting complementary experimental (structural, spectroscopic) characterisation of materials; developing models of the device performance in terms of the microscopic material properties; and for developing and running device simulation codes to interpret results. You will be expected to plan and carry out research, write up results for publication and oral presentations and liaise with collaborators within and outside Imperial College. You will also assist with the maintenance of lab facilities, the administration of the research team, and provide support to research students.

You will hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Physics, Physical Chemistry or a closely related discipline

In addition, experience in following areas is essential to the project:
- Design, fabrication and experimental characterisation of high efficiency solar cell devices using molecular electronic materials
- Practical and theoretical device physics of solar cells including analysis of voltage losses
- Use of software for data analysis and instrumentation

In addition, to above, experience in the following would be advantageous:
- Principles of chemical design of molecular electronic materials for solar energy conversion, and successful collaboration with synthetic chemistry groups
- Techniques for the thermal or structural characterisation of molecular electronic materials

This is a fixed term position available for up to 12 months, commencing from 1st November 2018.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range 33,380 – 35,061 per annum.

Queries relating to the position should be directed Professor Jenny Nelson (Professor of Physics), E-mail:

Queries regarding the application process please contact Mrs Juraci Didone (Section Administrator), E-mail:

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