Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Biological and Chemical Sciences

Queen Mary University of London School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Assistant 

Department: School of Biological & Chemical Sciences
Salary: £31,613 - £40,194 per annum and is inclusive of London allowance (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL23897
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 07-Jan-2021
Closing date: 04-Feb-2021


A Postdoctoral Research Assistant position is available at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in Dr Stoichko Dimitrov’s group, to work on the EPSRC-funded project “Next generation in-situ analysis for perovskite photovoltaic development”.

The successful candidate should have a PhD (or be close to completion) in Physics, Chemistry or Materials Science or a related field. They should provide evidence of expertise of optical and electronic instrument development and data acquisition software development (e.g. LabView or Python). A proven track record of published research in laser/optical spectroscopy of perovskite or organic photovoltaics is highly desirable. Self-motivation, an ability to lead a project and excellent research management and interpersonal skills are essential.

The post-holder will conduct research on the development and application of a novel optical spectroscopy instrument which analyses perovskite thin films to resolve structure-photovoltaic performance relationships of printed devices. The successful candidate will be expected to design and construct the instrument and write the data acquisition software. They will also be required to analyse the experimental data and report it in the form of conference presentations and research papers. The candidate will join a vibrant and multi-disciplinary research team with passion for innovation and impact. They will have the opportunity to travel to conferences and visit the project collaborators, Prof Thomas Kirchartz (Forschungszentrum Jülich), Prof Trystan Watson (Swansea University) and Cambridge Photon Technology Ltd.

Queen Mary is one of the top research-led universities in the UK and was ranked 9th among the UK multi-faculty universities in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). All postdoctoral researchers are part of the QMUL Doctoral College, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

At QMUL, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable. Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence and we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.

We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.

We offer access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities.

The post is located on the Mile End campus in London, it is full-time and available for a period of up to 33 months. The start date would be mid-February 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The salary is in Grade 4, in the range of £31,613 - £40,194 per annum and is inclusive of London allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability.

For Informal enquiries, please, contact Dr Stoichko Dimitrov via:

For information about the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences please visit

For information about the Dimitrov group visit

To apply, please click on the link below.

The closing date for applications is 4 February 2021. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

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