Fully Funded PhD Studentship Hybrid Luminescent Solar Downconverters

University of Cambridge has an opening PhD position in spectroscopy. The funds for this position are available for 5 years. The deadline for applying is February 28, 2019.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3.5 years in the first instance.

An ERC-funded PhD studentship is available in the Photoactive Materials group at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Dr Rachel Evans.

This project is part of a larger endeavour investigating the use of integrated spectral converters to boost the performance of solar cells. This specific project will focus on the design of hybrid lumophore-polymer materials for spectral downconverters that capture and convert UV/visible light from the sun. The successful candidate will synthesise and characterise new hybrid spectral converters and evaluate their suitability as luminescent solar concentrators. Through this project, the successful candidate will develop extensive skills in sol-gel chemistry, materials characterisation, and advanced fluorescence spectroscopy.

Candidates should have or expect to obtain a first class or upper-second class degree, at the level of MChem, MSci, MEng (or overseas equivalents) in a relevant subject (Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics). Experience of optical characterisation techniques would be advantageous, although training will be provided. You should be capable of working independently and within a small research team, so excellent communication and organisational skills are also required.

The deadline for applications is 28th February 2019. The expected start date is October 2019.

Informal enquiries before the application deadline are welcomed and may be made to Dr Rachel Evans (

Application forms and the Graduate Studies Prospectus are available from the Graduate Admissions Office at Further information on the application process is available from Rosie Ward (


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