Research Assistant/Associate in Earth-Abundant Catalysts and Novel Layered 2D Perovskites for Solar Water Splitting

University of Cambridge

We invite applicants for a Research Assistant/Research Associate at the University of Cambridge to work within a new EPSRC-funded project entitled 'Earth-abundant catalysts and novel layered 2D perovskites for solar water splitting (H2CAT)' (

This brings together the 2D Materials and Devices Group, led by Prof. Manish Chhowalla, and the Optoelectronic Materials and Device Spectroscopy Group (StranksLab), led by Dr. Sam Stranks. Another position for this same project will be available in the Chhowalla Group (see also advert: LJ25417) and the successful candidates will work closely together. This project uniquely brings together world leading scientific expertise in catalysis, 2D materials, advanced device fabrication and optoelectronic characterisation, with partners in advanced energy materials and photovoltaic devices (Talga and Oxford PV), to pioneer high efficiency and long lifetime photo-electro-chemical (PEC) cells for the development of advanced solar to hydrogen production systems using renewable energy.

The project is looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate to work within the framework of this programme and drive the collective efforts to achieve the project goals. We particularly encourage those candidates typically underrepresented in the STEM area to apply.

The researcher based in the StranksLab will focus on the development of 2D halide perovskites, the construction of their devices, the enhancement of their device performance and stability through integration of p- and n-layers as well as tunnel barriers, and the development of strategies for their integration as photo-electrodes in photo-electro-chemical (PEC) cells. Experience in halide perovskite device fabrication and characterisation, and 2D halide perovskite materials is essential; experience in PEC cells is highly desired.

The successful candidate for this position will have obtained (or be close to obtaining) a Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering or a related area. A proven track record of scientific publication and presentation at international conferences is essential. In addition to working independently, the successful candidate should also work well in a team and help to promote a collaborative environment, interacting frequently with others in the project team (Ph.D. students, PDRAs, and academic staff). Excellent communication, organisational and problem-solving skills are also required.

The position is available from 1 April 2021 or soon after.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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Informal inquires can be addressed via email to Prof. Manish Chhowalla ( or Dr Sam Stranks ( Please include a curriculum vitae when doing so.

Please quote reference NQ25436 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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