Research Fellow - Faculty of Engineering and Environment

Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne
£35,844 - £40,322
Dec 11, 2019
End of advertisement period
Jan 12, 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering at Northumbria University has strength in materials and devices innovations for sustainable energy as evidenced by recent awards from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to create the North East Centre for Energy Materials(NECEM) and the Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU). Part of this strength is based on expertise in thin film photovoltaic devices and we are now seeking an excellent post-doctoral Research Fellow to work on interfacial engineering of antimony-based absorber materials for photovoltaic applications.

The role is to support a recently awarded NECEM Flex Fund to work in collaboration with Newcastle and Liverpool Universities, for driving research for Sb2Se3solar cells by focusing on interfaces to improve device efficiencies. The role is laboratory-based and requires outstanding problem solving skills typically attained in an experimental physics/chemistry/engineering or equivalent, relevant doctoral project. In addition to performing high quality laboratory experiments, the successful candidate will have experience of disseminating research outcomes at national/international conferences and in prestigious academic journals. The successful candidate will join the Northumbria University Photovoltaics research group and will be expected to support the group’s activities.

In addition to a strong track record of academic achievement demonstrated by excellent publications, applicants should be have experience of thin film solar cell fabrication and characterisation. As the role will also involve working with collaborators, individuals will be expected to work both independently and in collaboration, therefore applicants should have excellent communication skills as well as be a team player.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Vincent Barrioz, Associate Professor,  via email

 To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now', and submit a Covering Letter and your CV, including a full list of publications where relevant and any documents specifically requested in the Role Description and Person Specification, such as a sample of written work or journal article.

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Please note this vacancy will close on 12/01/2020