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Research Associate

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
30,738 to 37,768
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Role Description

Two Research Associate (RA) positions are available in the Departments of Physics and Chemistry at the University of York as part of a major research project recently funded by EPSRC (EP/P006051).

The project aims to develop practical strategies to improve the mobility of nanoporous metal oxide films by reducing charge trapping at surface and interfaces. It will combine first principles theoretical modelling with structural, spectroscopic and photophysical materials characterisation, in order to understand charge trapping at an atomistic level and guide material modification strategies to improve mobility. Working closely with our industrial partners (Cristal and DyeSol) we will incorporate optimised nanoporous films in perovskite solar cell devices to demonstrate an improvement in efficiency.

All posts in this project will involve significant collaboration within the project team, with external academic collaborators and industry. We will have access to state-of-the-art equipment for experimental and computational work (both at York and national facilities). There will also be opportunities for involvement in outreach activities associated with this project. Further details on the individual positions available in this project are given below:

RA1 (Physics): This post will be supervised by Dr. Keith McKenna and will involve application of density functional theory to investigate electron and hole trapping at surfaces and interfaces in metal oxide materials. The post is available for a fixed term of 36 months with an anticipated start date of January 1st 2017. For further details see attached candidate brief. To apply please click on the apply button below. 

RA2 (Chemistry): This post will be supervised by Dr. Richard Douthwaite and will involve synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles as well as structural, spectroscopic and photophysical materials characterisation. The post is available for a fixed term of 36 months with an anticipated start date of January 1st 2017. For further details and to apply see Chemistry vacancy.

For both positions you should have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in Physics, Chemistry or related Physical Science and a track record of peer-reviewed publications in high-quality journals. A good understanding of Materials Physics/Chemistry and excellent communications skills are also essential. The specific skills and experience required for each position can be found in the candidate briefs linked above.

Informal enquiries regarding the above positions can be made to Dr. Keith McKenna ( or Dr. Richard Douthwaite (


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