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Job Advertisement: ESR-1: PhD at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Topic: Charge transfer at organic donor-acceptor interfaces
Supervisor: Dr. Maxim S. Pchenitchnikov
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Application date: Position is now available
Starting Date: No later than 1 June 2017
Duration: 3 years

Charge transfer at organic donor-acceptor interfaces

Optical Condensed Matter group, Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

PhD position in ultrafast spectroscopy of photovoltaic materials

ESR1 1The project is focused at studying dynamics of excitons and charge-transfer states in photovoltaic blends and organic solar cells, and their relation to morphology. The PhD will spend 6 months at Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona, to be trained on structural investigation techniques, to confront morphology characterization with the results obtained by ultrafast spectroscopy. The PhD will also spend 1 month at Heliatek (Germany) to learn the organic solar cells manufacturing techniques.

A potential candidate should have a hands-on experience with spectroscopy and profound interest in working in a large research team. Deep understanding of light-matter interactions is strongly beneficial to facilitate close collaboration with theoreticians. The master degree (or equivalent) in physics, chemistry or related field (by the time of the appointment) and good communication skills in English are required. The candidate should be eligible as Early Stage Researchers within Marie Curie Initial Training Networks.

The University of Groningen (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), was founded in 1614 and is the second oldest in the Netherlands. With its 6500 employees, it houses ~30000 students (incl. 3750 international students) and 1500 PhD students, 48% of whom are international. It belongs to the top 100 research universities in the world and is a member of the distinguished international Coimbra Group of European universities.The University of Groningen is in the top 3 of European research universities in the fields of Material Sciences and Chemistry.

The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials (founded in 1970 as the Material Science Centre) which is ranked as the 9th (1st in Europe) best materials research institute based on publication impact. Its approximately 250 physicists, chemists, and biologists work together on fundamental leading-edge research in materials science. In the national evaluation in 2010 the Zernike Institute was ranked "exemplary".

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