PhD Studentship Structure of Optoelectronic Devices

Contract Type: Fixed term for 3.5 years from October 1, 2013

Working Pattern:  Doctoral studentship. Full time.

Faculty: Faculty of Science

Location:  The Hicks Building

Salary: £13,726 (RCUK standard rate)

Closing Date: 31 December 2013


  • This Ph.D. position is to use techniques such as neutron reflectometry, x-ray diffraction, spectroscopy ellipsometry and AFM to probe the way the conformation and dynamics of polymer molecules are altered by their proximity to surfaces and interfaces in thin films of the kind that are used in semiconducting polymer devices, exploring in more detail, for example, recent evidence from our group that an interface can stabilize a second amorphous phase in the polymer PCDTBT causing anomalies in the glass transition temperature of the film. Film formation processes will also be considered through the use of in situ light scattering during spin coating. Through collaboration with Professor D Lidzey’s group we will study how these effects influence device performance.
  • The successful candidate for this position will hold a good relevant undergraduate (first, upper second or equivalent) or Masters degree (Physics, Materials Science, or Chemistry are certainly acceptable). The project is led by Professor Richard Jones FRS in collaboration with Professors Mark Geoghegan and David Lidzey
  • The successful candidate will become a part of the world-leading soft matter physics group of the University of Sheffield under the supervision of Professor Richard Jones FRS.
  • The post is fixed term for 3.5 years and is subject to RCUK standard stipend.
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