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Post-Doctoral Research Associate investigating nano- and micro-scale loss mechanisms in perovskite solar cells.

Applications are invited for Research Associate to work on the microscopic characterisation of halide perovskite optoelectronics at the Cavendish Laboratory (Department of Physics, University of Cambridge). This will combine microscale spectroscopy with related electronic, chemical and materials microscopy characterisation approaches to elucidate fundamental new insight into these semiconductors and guide elimination of the power losses.

The successful candidate will join the research group of Sam Stranks ( The group's research focuses on the optical and electronic properties of emerging semiconductors including metal halide perovskites, carbon allotropes and other organic semiconductors with particular interests in low-cost, transformative electronics applications including photovoltaics and lighting. The group uses optical spectroscopy tools on a range of length and time scales, in conjunction with other material characterisation tools, to unveil loss mechanisms, discover new semiconducting materials, guide innovative device designs, and push device performance to the limits. The team is part of the Optoelectronics Group (, one of the world's leading academic groups in the field of organic and hybrid electronics.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate with a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or a related area. A proven track record of scientific publication and presentation at international conferences is essential. Experience in microscale characterisation techniques is essential, including but not limited to, confocal luminescence techniques (especially time-resolved), electron microscopy including cathodoluminescence, atomic force microscopy, Raman microscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry. Direct experience working with metal halide perovskites is highly desired.

Experience with building time-resolved optical spectroscopic equipment is also highly desired. The development of independent research projects and research student supervision will also be expected, and existing evidence of the ability to do so would be a plus. The ideal candidate would also assist with laboratory design and setup, and interact with a wide international network of collaborators.

Where the successful applicant does not yet have a PhD, he/she will normally be under-appointed as a Research Assistant in a Research Associate post (on the understanding that he/she will be appointed as a Research Associate upon successful completion of his/her PhD).

Applications will be rapidly reviewed after the closing date and interviews conducted shortly thereafter. The candidate would ideally start as soon as possible after 1st May but there will be some flexibility on the starting date. The post will be a fixed term appointment for 2 years in the first instance, with a potential for a 1-year extension subject to satisfactory progress.

The role is funded by the EPSRC New Investigator Grant entitled 'The Origin of Non-Radiative Losses in Metal Halide Perovskites', a new programme investigating nano- and micro-scale loss mechanisms in perovskite solar cells and LEDs.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal inquires can be addressed via email to Sam Stranks ( Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) a covering letter, and a list of publications in the Upload section of the online application.

Deadline for submission of the application is Tuesday 10th April 2018


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Please find here information about applications to the Department of Physics for the MPhil or PhD programs including relevant deadlines. Please find details of funding opportunities here and here. The primary sources of funding are as follows, though it is also worth exploring the EPSRC Doctoral Training Centres.

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In addition the following awards are highly relevant to our work:

  • Winton Studentships
  • Robert Gardiner Memorial Scholarships
  • Schiff Foundation
  • Sims Fund and Scholarship
  • Oppenheimer Studentships

Please take careful note of the deadlines, which can be up to a year before the October start date.


Post-Doctoral Positions

Please contact us if you are interested in joining us as a post-doc. Any formal open positions will be advertised on this page. Highly talented candidates should also consider applying for one of the following fellowships:



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