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Marie Sklodowska–Curie Innovative Training Network Early Stage Researcher on new chiral emitters for chiral devices

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

An H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions funded PhD studentship position in chemical synthesis and characterisation of chiral molecular emitters is available within the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College, London.

You will join the group of Prof. Matthew Fuchter (, working in close collaboration with the group of Prof. Alasdair Campbell ( in the Department of Physics and other research groups at Imperial College. The project will also integrate closely with the broad research programme of the Centre for Plastic Electronics at Imperial. You will be part of a cohort of international early stage researchers working as part of the HEL4CHIROLED Innovative Training Network (ITN). This ITN combines a group of world-leading laboratories and organisations, where early stage researchers benefit from academic and industrial collaboration and research skill training.

For more details on the ITN and general advertisement of posts see:

You will carry out research that extents our successful and exciting work on chiral organic materials (Nature Rev. Chem. 2017, DOI: 10.1038/s41570-017-0045), and their ability to introduce unique functionality into organic electronic devices. These include circularly polarised organic light-emitting diodes (Adv. Mater. 2013, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201204961; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b02463; ACS Nano 2019, DOI 10.1021/acsnano.9b02940) and circularly polarised light detecting transistors (Nature Photon. 2013, DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2013.176), where semiconducting properties can be controlled through chiral composition (ACS Nano 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b03540).

A goal central to the HEL4CHIROLED ITN project is the realisation of chiral organic light emitting and detecting devices based on novel helical conjugated small- or macro-molecules and helical lanthanide complexes. This post within the ITN focuses on innovative design, synthesis and characterisation of novel chiral conjugated materials with an emphasis on enhancing their chiroptical properties or spin-polarised electron transport using both chemical structure and solid-state conformation/assembly. These new materials will be exploited and investigated in chiral devices (including CP light emitting diodes, CP photodetectors and molecular spintronic devices), as part of ongoing collaborations with the Physics Department at Imperial College London and other members of the ITN. You are expected to develop and deploy sophisticated synthetic routes, be involved with the resolution and purification of enantiomers, and characterise their molecular, photophysical (including chiroptical) and structural properties, in order to establish the link of such properties to downstream chiral devices via collaborative research.

Duties and Responsibilities

• You will be undertaking a PhD studentship as part of this role
• You will undertake innovative research to strategies and methods for the synthesis and resolution of new chiral conjugated materials
• You will conduct subsequent analytical measurements and materials characterisation
• You will integrate closely with other members of the ITN to share results and learn from what other researchers are performing
• You will attend training courses and workshops required as part of the ITN
• You will publish your work in academic journals and attend conferences to present your work, both in the UK and abroad

Essential Requirements

It is important that you check your eligibility for this ITN award before applying. Full eligibility criteria can be found in the Job Description.
In order to be considered for this position, you must:
• Have obtained, or be close to completing, a first-class (or equivalent) first degree or a master’s degree in Chemistry, or a relevant subject area
• Have experience in synthetic (organic and/or organometallic) chemistry
• Demonstrate knowledge of standard techniques used for analytical chemistry, as well as photophysical and electronic properties of organic conjugated molecules
• Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Be willing to travel including moving to another country for the PhD project, and travel to international training courses and workshops

Experiences in the synthesis of light-emitting organic materials and knowledge of the structure and operation of organic optoelectronic devices would be considered an advantage.

Further information

To apply please visit:
This is a fixed term position for 36 months, during which time you will undertake a PhD studentship as part of this role.
Queries relating to the position should be directed to Prof. Matthew Fuchter at .
For technical issues when applying online please email . Please ensure that you include the job reference number in any correspondence.

Funding Notes

Salary – with family: £38,659.32 per annum; without family: £35,326.91 per annum

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