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FILLED - Postdoc (ER3) Design, synthesis and characterization of higher stability donor polymers for bulk heterojunction solar cells

Job summary

Location:
Merck Chemicals Ltd. - U.K.

Job type:
Full time
Salary:
In accordance with EU regulations - up to ca 67 k€ after deductions per year
Apply before:
April, 15 2012 or until filled

About this job

Postdoc location

Merck Chemicals Ltd. - U.K.   Starting date : 1st September 2012

Description of work

Currently, bulk heterojunction solar cells with greater than 8% efficiencies have been reported based upon a photoactive layer comprising polymer (donor) and fullerene (acceptor). Whilst significant efforts are focused on the design of new materials with higher efficiencies, less effort is spent on addressing the need for improved material and device stability. For the successful commercialization of OSCs, there is a clear requirement to improve lifetimes (i.e. stability).
The successful candidate will synthesise donor polymers to develop structure-property relationships for improved polymer stabilities. The performance and stability of these polymers will be evaluated in OSCs. Polymer characterization techniques including GPC, UV/Vis, DSC & CV will be employed. Molecular modelling (Gaussian G03W) of polymer structures will compliment the design and synthesis activities.
The successful candidate will spend 75% of their time (18 months) on the synthesis, and characterization of donor polymers, to include two secondments at Aston University (1 month) and Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour (1 month) to compare synthetic strategies on material synthesis. The other 25% of their time (6 months) will be spent on molecular modelling and the evaluation of donor polymers in bulk heterojunction solar cells. In addition, there will be a third secondment at Vilnius University (1 month) to study charge carrier photogeneration, transport, and recombination, in the synthesised donor polymers to identify any correlation with their performance and stability in bulk heterojunction solar cells.

Tasks

  • Synthesis and characterization of donor polymers
  • Utilization of molecular modelling in the design of novel donor polymers
  • Evaluation of donor polymer performance in bulk heterojunction solar cells
  • Evaluation of stability of donor polymers under ageing protocols

Training

The successful candidate will receive scientific training in:molecular modelling (Gaussian G03W)donor polymer synthesis & characterisation (GPC, UV/Vis, DSC & CV)fabrication and measurement of bulk heterojunction solar cells

S/he will also receive complementary training in field such as career development, public outreach, communication, entrepreneurial skills, financial and project management, scientific writing, and other career relevant skills. The Postdoc Fellow is expected to actively participate in workshops, Summer Schools and conference organised by the ESTABLIS network.
S/he will actively participate in the Fellows' and the Publicity & Outreach Committees, potentially as a Chairperson.

Benefits

  • 2 Year full time position
  • Salary will be according to EU regulations
  • Shorter stays (less than a month) within the Associated partners location ( EVONIK, SIEMENS and AMCOR)

Requirements

Applicants should either be qualified to PhD level (in Chemistry) or have 4 years full-time research experience (in Chemistry). Principally, He/she must:

  • Be familiar with the synthesis of organic materials, ideally for electronic applications (e.g. solar cells)
  • Possess robust practical skills in organic chemistry
  • Possess knowledge of characterisation techniques for organic materials (e.g. NMR, HPLC, IR, UV/Vis, DSC & GPC)

He/she should be proficient with Microsoft office applications and be able to record and present their work accurately and clearly. He/she should have a strong track record of innovation as demonstrated in their previous research and publication history.

Applicants should be fluent in spoken and written English and excellent communication skills are expected. He/she should demonstrate both the ability to work independently and constructively in a team as required.

According to EU requirements, the applicant can be of any nationality but must, as of the 1st September 2012 have

  • less than five years of full time research experience.
  • must not have carried out their main research activity in the UK for more than 12 of the last 36 months in the U.K.

Main evaluation criteria

  • Candidate skill set
  • Prior experience and publication record
  • Motivation for the ESTABLIS project and the science & training proposed
  • Willingness to travel, exchange across preconceived scientific barriers and participate in
  • complementary training activities

Contact

Welcomed discussions concerning the position should be directed to: Dr. Steven Tierney (Partner Leader; R&D Manager - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

How to apply

Please submit a curriculum vitae (CV) including list of publications, a cover letter and the names and e-mail addresses of three referees preferably using the application form on ESTABLIS Website (www.project-establis.eu). You may also send all the required documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Deadline for application: 15th April 2012.
The recruitment will be carried out in the line with the European Charter of Researcher and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

How to apply

Please submit a curriculum vitae (CV), a cover letter and the names and e-mail addresses of two referees preferably using the application form on ESTABLIS Website (www.project-establis.eu).The recruitment will be carried out in the line with the European Charter of Researcher and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

Deadline for application:

15th of April 2012 or until post filled.

Please note that all posts are extremely well-coveted, 
therefore we urge you to get your application in early!