Postdoctoral Research Associate in the OEM Research Group

County of Durham, United Kingdom
£33,797 - £35,845
Jun 17, 2020
Jul 17, 2020
Medicine, Medical
Contract Type
Full Time
Durham University

Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

Less than 3 hours north of London, and an hour and a half south of Edinburgh, County Durham is a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are home to breathtaking scenery and attractions. Durham offers an excellent choice of city, suburban and rural residential locations. The University provides a range of benefits including pension and childcare benefits and the University's Relocation Manager can assist with potential schooling requirements.

Durham University seeks to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment for work and study that assists all members of our University community to reach their full potential. Diversity brings strength and we welcome applications from across the international, national and regional communities that we work with and serve.

The Department

Within the Department of Physics, the OEM group is the largest and most vibrant research group in the Condensed Matter section. This world leading research group has been responsible for pioneering a range of time resolved spectroscopic techniques in the study of organic light emitting diode materials and devices. The research group also has state-of-the-art cleanroom facilities, supported by a Wolfson grant and recently the University invested £0.5M in a new Lesker Superspectros OLED deposition tool. This facility compliments very well our range of spectroscopic techniques. The research group is highly interdisciplinary with students, postdocs and visitors from across the world which creates are vibrant research culture. The OEM group also participates in many collaborative projects with other leading OLED research groups and global companies.

The Role

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the characterisation of new TADF materials and devices, to work with Prof Andrew Monkman in the Department of Physics at Durham University. The position is to commence in October 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. It is a fixed-term post for 36 months.

The project involves the study new TADF materials and rISC mechanisms for deep blue emission, including studies of through space TADF. It involves three UK research groups, spectroscopy and device physics with Professor Andrew Monkman in Durham, synthetic chemistry in Glasgow with Professor Peter Skabara and theoretical quantum chemistry in Newcastle with Dr Tom Penfold (separate positions at each Institute). In Durham your role will be to characterise TADF mechanisms in new materials synthesised in Glasgow. The work will include both time resolved optical measurements and device fabrication and test. Working with the theorists in Newcastle, new models of TADF involving through space effects will be built.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should please be directed to


• To conduct individual and collaborative research projects under the direction of the Principal Investigator.

• To be familiar with time resolved spectroscopic measurements, especially delay emission, OLED devices and device testing.

• To be familiar with TADF and mechanisms underlying rISC.

• To assist with the development of research objectives and measurements.

• To work with the Principal Investigator and other colleagues in the research project, to identify areas for research, develop new research methods and extend the research portfolio.

• To understand and convey material of a specialist or highly technical nature to the team or group of people through presentations and discussions that leads to the presentation of research papers in conferences and publications.

• To prepare and deliver presentations on research outputs/activities to audiences which may include: research sponsors, academic and non-academic audiences.

• To publish high quality outputs, including papers for submission to peer reviewed journals and papers for presentation at conferences and workshops under the direction of the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder.

• To deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines by discussing with the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder and offering creative or innovative solutions.

• To plan and manage own research activity, research resources in collaboration with others and contribute to the planning of research projects.

• To deliver training in research techniques/approaches to peers, visitors and students as appropriate.

• To be involved in student supervision, as appropriate, and assist with the assessment of the knowledge of students.

• To contribute to fostering a collegial working environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect.

• To engage in citizenship to support the department and wider discipline.

• To engage in continuing professional development by participation in the undergraduate or postgraduate teaching programmes or by membership of departmental committees, etc. and by attending relevant training and development courses.

• To communicate and collaborate with the industrial collaborators.

This post is fixed term for 36 months.

The post-holder is employed to work on research/a research project which will be led by another colleague. Whilst this means that the post-holder will not be carrying out independent research in his/her own right, the expectation is that they will contribute to the advancement of the project, through the development of their own research ideas/adaptation and development of research protocols.

Successful applicants will ideally be in post by 1st October 2020.The Requirements


1. Qualifications

• A good first degree in Physics or Chemistry or a related subject.

• A PhD (or be close to submission) in Physics or Chemistry or a related subject.

2. Experience

• Experience in conducting high quality academic research.

• Demonstrable ability to write material of a quality commensurate with publication in highly-ranked journals.

• Demonstrable ability to present research papers at international conferences and communicate complex information to specialists and within the wider academic community.

• Demonstrable ability to collaborate with academic partners.

• Expertise in time resolved spectroscopic measurements, especially delay emission, OLED devices and device testing.

• Experience in TADF and rISC processes and general OLED research.

3. Skills

• Demonstrable ability to work cooperatively as part of a team, including participating in research meetings.

• Ability to work independently on own initiative and to strict deadlines.

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.


4. Experience

• Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals, commensurate with stage of career.

• A track record of presenting research at conferences, symposia, or meetings, commensurate with stage of career.

• Demonstrable ability to develop research proposals and designs in collaboration with other academics.

• Experience of overseeing students with respect to the development of their practical/research skills e.g. acting as a demonstrator; supervising student projects/practicals.

• Working with OLED materials and OLEDs

• Time resolved spectroscopy

5. Skills

• Demonstrable ability to plan and manage independent research.

For informal enquiries please contact [Professor Andrew Monkman,]. All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.