Research Associate in 2D Materials and Devices

University of Cambridge

We invite applicants for a postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) position 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 PDRA position for this same project will be available in the StranksLab (see advert reference: NQ25436) and the successful candidates will work 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 for a PDRA position 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 PDRA working in Professor Chhowalla's research group will focus on development and optimization of hydrogen and oxygen evolution catalysts based on non-precious metal 2D materials, their electrochemical characterisation, construction of electrolysers and developing strategies for their integration with 2D halide perovskites. Experience in HER and OER catalysis measurements, 2D materials and integration of HER/OER catalysts in electrolysers for water splitting is essential.

The successful candidate for this position will have obtained 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.

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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.

Applicants should provide a CV, including contact details of two referees, a list of publications and a covering letter describing their suitability for the role.

Please quote reference LJ25417 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

Closing date: 28 February 2021

Applications will be rapidly reviewed after the closing date and interviews conducted shortly thereafter.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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