Research Associate in Modelling Perovskite Solar Cells

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Contract: Fixed term, Full-Time post for 36 months

Salary: £36,045– £48,340 per annum**

Location: South Kensington campus

We are looking for a Research Associate to join Professor Aron Walsh.  Working on a project entitled ‘Manipulating strain in soft crystalline semiconductors’ funded by the Leverhulme Trust, starting from January 2022 or soon afterwards.

The work brings together the expertise of Professor Aron Walsh in computational materials modelling, Dr Sam Stranks (University of Cambridge) in materials and device spectroscopy, and Dr Paul Quinn (Diamond Light Source) in synchrotron-based imaging and microscopy. Whilst being an established approach for tetrahedral semiconductors such as Si, strain engineering is unexplored for a new generation of materials with flexible structure. The overall aim is to develop a thorough understanding of electro-chemo-mechanical coupling and exploit this understanding to demonstrate novel optoelectronic behaviour.

You will utilise existing, and develop new, computational approaches to probe and manipulate strain in halide perovskite semiconductors. This will involve first-principles electronic structure calculations of charged defect phenomena, coupled with data-driven machine learning and multi-scale models as required. Working closely with the Research Associate on this project at Cambridge to establish a strong experimental/computational team with close integration between the developments.

You will have completed, or be about to obtain, a PhD (or equivalent) in theoretical or computational physical science (chemistry, physics or materials). In addition, you will be able to demonstrate an ability to understand and perform quantum-mechanical calculations, train and evaluate machine learning models, together with an understanding of metal halide perovskite solar cells.

**Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 – £39,183 per annum.

Further information about the role can be obtained from Professor Aron Walsh

Further guidance may be sought from Mrs Darakshan Khan (

**Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 – £39,183 per annum.

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