Research Associate in Soft Optoelectronic Materials
Imperial College London Department of Chemistry
United Kingdom

Job summary

The post will form part of the interdisciplinary team appointed under an EU framework 2020-funded project VIBCONTROL. The project aims to demonstrate a new way to control the performance of organic electronic devices by driving optically a coherent superposition of molecular vibrational motions in the active layer. This will allow to directly access vibronic effects, with a final goal of reaching new functionalities and improved performance...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00760
  • Date posted 9 September 2020
  • Closing date 11 October 2020

Key information about the role

  • Location White City Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £40,215 – £47,579 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Chemistry
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

The post will form part of the interdisciplinary team appointed under an EU framework 2020-funded project VIBCONTROL. The project aims to demonstrate a new way to control the performance of organic electronic devices by driving optically a coherent superposition of molecular vibrational motions in the active layer. This will allow to directly access vibronic effects, with a final goal of reaching new functionalities and improved performance for organic electronics. Our team will combine recent advances in ultrafast spectroscopy, infrared light shaping, and nanoelectronics. Eventually this methodology may become a tool for elucidating current pathways in organic devices and can offer access to non-equilibrium phenomena down to the level of molecular junctions.

The position will focus on the performance of soft optoelectronic materials in working devices.

Key to this post is core competency in photo physics of organic and perovskite materials. The experience with organic/perovskite solar cells, light emitting device fabrication and characterisation will be seen as the advantage. Ability to do optical modelling of the devices and familiarity with electric and optical spectroscopic techniques is highly beneficial.

This work will take place within a collaborative team with materials chemists capable of synthesising new molecular blocks and spectroscopist developing new methods for material and device characterisation. You will interact closely with both teams and will be responsible for the development of electronic devices suitable for ultrafast IR measurements and for performing experiments on these systems.

Collaborations with other research groups within the College, and elsewhere, will be encouraged. Through related projects, a large international network of collaboration is anticipated.

Duties and responsibilities

    • To take initiative in the planning of the research, in collaboration with the lead investigator, and other collaborators
    • To identify and develop materials systems and electronic devices suitable for application of IR optical control spectroscopy
    • To collect and analyse data relevant to the project aims
    • To ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times
    • To contribute largely to the lab management and safety
    • To maintain accurate and complete records of all findings
    • To travel, as required, for meetings with (potential) collaborators, to attend conferences, and project progress meetings
    • To write regular (bi-monthly) internal reports

Essential requirements

You must hold a PhD or an equivalent level of professional qualifications and/or experience, in experimental research on soft optoelectronic materials and devices.

You must also meet all of the following criteria:

Experience of:

    • Research and application of photovoltaic and light-emitting organic/perovskite electronic material
    • Design, fabrication and modelling of organic/perovskite electronic devices
    • Optical spectroscopy and nanomaterial characterisation
  • Creative approach to problem-solving
  • Ability to develop and apply new concepts
  • Experience of preparing and publishing scientific papers in relevant, refereed journals, commensurate to career stage

Further information

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477- £38,566 per annum.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Dr Artem Bakulin (a.bakulin@imperial.ac.uk).

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

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