FILLED - PhD (ESR2) Synthesis and rheological characterisation of (co)polymers for organic solar cells

Job summary

UPPA, Pau, France
Job type:
Full time
According to EU regulation - up to ca 39 k€ gross per year
Apply before:
April, 15 2012 or until filled

About this job

PhD location

Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour

France Starting date

1st Sept. 2012

Description of work

Novel and industrially relevant stable p-type polymers (low bandgap polymers) will be developed to ensure improvements in the absorption of solar photons in the active layer. The PhD Fellow will synthesise electron rich and electron poor monomers to prepare low bandgap polymers. Highly developed rheological studies will be carried out on active layer.
The candidate will perform both syntheses and rheological studies in the host institution in Pau for the first 26 months. The last period of the PhD will be devoted to studies at Konarka and in order to acquire extensive industrial experience.

Research objectives:

Develop new p-type polymers for the active layer
Study their rheological properties
Use rheological information to propose new polymers


Synthesise p-type polymers (low bandgap polymers)
Characterise the structure and the opto-electronic properties of the (co)polymers
Study the rheological properties of the active layer
Test the materials in photovoltaic devices


The successful candidate will receive scientific training in:

  • Small molecule and polymer synthesis
  • Characterisations of the polymers (structure, opto-electronic properties)
  • Rheology
  • Preparation of OSCs

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 PhD Fellow is expected to actively participate in workshops, Summer Schools and conference organised by the ESTABLIS network. Additional modules of scientific relevance will be provided by the Host Doctorial School along with appropriate language training where necessary.


  • 3 Year full time position
  • salary will be according to EU regulations
  • Possible short stays (< 1 month) with the Associate Partners AMCOR, EVONIK, and SIEMENS.


Applicants must have, or be expected to receive, prior to the 1st September 2012 the equivalent of a degree in chemistry that will allow them to register for a PhD at Université de Pau.
The candidate should have:

  • A sound background in the use of computational chemistry
  • Experience in synthetic chemistry will be appreciated
  • Good spoken and written English and excellent communication skills are expected

The applicant can be of any nationality but must, as of the 1st September 2012:

  • Not already have a PhD;
  • Have less that 4 years full-time research experience;
  • Not have carried out their main activity in France for more than 12 months in the last 3 years from the starting date of the fellowship.

Main evaluation criteria

  • Skills of the Fellow
  • Motivation for the project ESTABLIS and the science and training proposed
  • Willingness to travel, exchange across preconceived scientific barriers and participate in
  • complementary training activities
  • Prior experience and publications if any


Welcomed discussions concerning the position should be directed to:

  • Dr C. Dagron-Lartigau (PhD Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • Prof. A. Allal (PhD co-Director - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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 ( 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!