Research Associate (Fixed Term) x 2

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

July 7, 2021


Research Associate (Fixed Term) x 2

Applications are invited for up to two postdoctoral positions in the Photophysics and Device Physics of Organic Semiconductors and Hybrid Organic- Nanocrystal Systems, at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge.

The successful candidates will join the Optoelectronics Group, working under the supervision of Prof. Sir Richard Friend, Prof Neil Greenham, Dr. Hugo Bronstein and Dr. Akshay Rao. One of the world's leading academic groups in the field of organic and hybrid electronics, our research programme is built on a broad scientific approach aiming to understand the electronic properties of solution processable semiconductors in general, but also aiming to understand in-depth the physical processes that govern the performance of organic, nanocrystal and hybrid organic-nanocrystal electronic devices, such as light emitting diodes and photovoltaics.

We are looking for highly motivated, bright and enthusiastic candidates to join multiple interlinked research programs in the group investigating the photophysics and device physics of doublet and triplet excitons in organic semiconductors and hybrid organic-nanocrystal systems. The group has made pioneering contributions to these areas in recent years and topics of interest will include

  • Photophysics and device physics of triplet exciton transfer between organic semiconductors and colloidal quantum dots. Nature Materials, 2014, DOI: /10.1038/nmat4093 ACS Nano, 2020, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.9b09339 JACS 2019, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b06584

  • Photophysics and device physics of hybrid organic-lanthanide doped nanocrystals systems Nature, 2020, DOI: 10.1038/s41586-020-2932-2

  • Singlet exciton fission in organic semiconductors Nature Communications, 2019, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-12220-7 Nature Chemistry, 2017, DOI:10.1038/nchem.2856 Nature Reviews Materials, 2017, DOI:10.1038/natrevmats.2017.63

  • Photophysics and device physics of spin doublet excitons in organic radical systems Nature, 2018, DOI:10.1038/s41586-018-0695-9 Nature Materials, 2020, DOI: 10.1038/s41563-020-0705-9

  • The ideal candidate should have a PhD in Chemistry, Physics or a related area, and a strong background in either the photophysics or the semiconductor device physics of organic semiconductors and hybrid organic-nanocrystal system, especially with relation to triplet and doublet excitons. A strong track record of high-quality research and an excellent publication record publication are essential. The ability to work well in a team will be crucial as projects will be highly collaborative, involving universities and industrial partners around the world. Experience with device fabrication, characterisation and modelling, time resolved optical spectroscopy, electron- spin resonance spectroscopy, or the chemistry of colloidal nanocrystals, lanthanide nanoparticles, and hybrid systems based on combinations of these materials would be a plus.

    The positions are available from 01/07/2021, or as soon as possible thereafter for a period of 2.5 years (30 months).

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    Department of Physics








    9 June 2021

    Closing date

    7 July 2021

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