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


Starting from £29,500
Closing Date:  Monday 01 April 2013
Interview Date:  Friday 10 May 2013
Reference:  VH1389

ITN DESTINY: Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in solar cells

A fully funded Marie Curie Early Career Researcher position is available for a fixed term of three years to undertake research on dye sensitized and related thin film solar cells. This position is part of the European Marie Curie ‘DESTINY’ Initial Training Network.

Description The project will involve the preparation and characterisation of mesostructured and dye sensitized solar cells. The successful candidate will be expected to synthesise a range of materials, make a range of solar cells using these materials and learn how to use a wide range of characterisation techniques to investigate cell properties. In particular the effect of water on cell performance will be studied in detail.   

Eligibility The successful candidate will have master level qualification in chemistry, physics or a related discipline. The successful candidate will also have previous lab based research experience. During the three year position the appointee will register for a PhD degree at the University of Bath. Finally the successful applicant will be expected to be mobile and will undertake short research projects at partner institutions/companies.

The successful candidate must satisfy the eligibility requirements for an Early Stage Researcher under the European Commission Framework 7 Early Stage Training Scheme (full criteria below). Briefly the candidate must have been awarded their degree less than four years ago and must not yet have been awarded a doctorate. The researcher can be of any nationality but must not have worked/studied in the UK for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to their appointment.

Early Stage Researchers must be (at the time of recruitment by the host organisation): in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is envisaged’. Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date’.


The successful candidate will obtain a full employment contract. In addition Marie Curie Fellows obtain mobility and travel allowances, and a career exploratory allowance.

 Additional job details

This position is offered as part of the European Marie Curie ‘DESTINY’ Initial Training Network which will train 12 early career fellows.

The DESTINY initial training network will tackle major challenges in the development of stable dye-sensitized solar cells, DSC. DSC 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 life time and stability without sacrificing performance and scalability. Eleven internationally leading European research groups from six countries [including Dyesol UK, part of Europe’s leading industrial supplier of DSC, Dyesol] have joined forces combining expertise in synthetic chemistry, spectroscopy, nanoscale physics and device engineering. Our highly integrated approach to understanding degradation causes and proposing solutions will take a major step towards the commercialization of DSC.

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Informal enquiries can be made to:

Dr Petra Cameron; Email:

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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