Research Assistant / Research Associate in Polymer Materials

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

We are seeking a Research Assistant/Associate to work in the Photoactive Materials Group led by Dr Rachel Evans in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge.

This is a fantastic opportunity to take part in a new and innovative project funded by an ERC consolidator grant to design and implement spectral conversion materials that boost the performance of solar cells. This is expected to expedite the widespread deployment of photovoltaic cells in the urban environment.

The successful candidate will undertake a senior role in a multidisciplinary team working collaboratively to tackle this important challenge. They will lead the design of polymeric host materials (organic, inorganic or hybrid) that deliver the requisite optical, thermal and mechanical properties to enhance spectral conversion. Emphasis is placed on structure-property analysis and correlation. As the project progresses, promising materials will be tested in luminescent solar devices through collaboration with spectroscopists and device physicists.

The postholder will be responsible for a wide range of activities but will primarily be focused on undertaking original research, which will involve a broad range of skills including synthesis, experimental development, application, data interpretation and scientific writing and presentation. Training will be provided in all of the component techniques but demonstrable experience in a number of the aspects is required. The postholder will be expected to take responsibility for organising resources and effective decision making in support of research (including data management and accessibility), to provide guidance for PhD and/or undergraduate students and to develop contacts and research collaborations within the University and wider community.

You will hold or about to be awarded a PhD in chemistry or materials science and have significant experience in polymer synthesis, preferably in radical or photoinitiated polymerization. Experience in cross-linked/dynamic polymer gels or organic-inorganic hybrid polymers would be advantageous. You should have demonstrable structural (NMR, IR, chromatography) and thermal (DSC, TGA) characterisation expertise; experience in mechanical testing would also be advantageous. You should be willing to learn new skills in optical spectroscopy and data analysis where required. Evidence of successful experience in multidisciplinary research and excellent communication skills is a key requisite. You should have a very strong track record of publishing in leading international journals and have excellent writing and proof-reading skills.

The application closing date is April 30th, 2019. Interviews will be conducted in early May 2019. The anticipated starting date is June 17th 2019, but is negotiable.

Successful candidates who have not been awarded their PhD by the appointment date will be appointed as Research Assistant at Grade 5 (£26,243 - £30,395 per annum). Upon award of the PhD the individual will be promoted to Research Associate, Grade 7 (£32,236 - £39,609 per annum).

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