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Marie Curie Fellow (Early Stage Career Researcher) Fixed Term for 3 Years


Salary:  Starting from £29,500
Placed On:  Monday 05 November 2012
Closing Date:  Monday 19 November 2012
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  VH1359

PhD studentship at the University of Bath on many-body electrical and optical modelling

Applications are invited from exceptional candidates for a 3-year EU-funded studentship position in the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies at the University of Bath to work in the Materials Design Group. Successful candidates should already have a first-class Masters degree in chemistry or physics, with a background and track record and ability in theoretical or computational chemistry or physics. To be eligible for the position, the candidate must not have worked for more than 12 months in the UK over the last three years.

The EU Initial training network DESTINYwill tackle major challenges in the development of stable dye-sensitized solar cells, DSC. DSCs offer exciting possibilities for applications in building integrated photovoltaics and consumer electronics. However they possess a complex structure with disparate materials. For DSC to be marketable and to compete with its inorganic counterparts, fundamental science has to be done to understand the causes of degradation and find ways of enhancing cell and module lifetime and stability without sacrificing performance and scalability.

This PhD project will focus on developing simulations of the surface structure of TiO2, adsorption of novel dye molecules and the interface with the redox electrolyte. This will involve the application of large-scale density functional theory techniques, and an emphasis will be placed on the calculation of optical, vibrational and electronic spectroscopic data to interpret experimental measurements from our partner groups.

The studentship will start in March 2013. For further details contact the project supervisor, Dr. Aron Walsh, Department of Chemistry ( Please ensure that your application is submitted through the University of Bath website, where a full job description can also be obtained. Click here for Employer Profile.


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