Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in design and synthesis of molecular electron donors and acceptors for organic photovoltaics commencing 01.10.2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The student will also be affiliated to Sino-Danish College (SDC), University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Description of the scientific environment
The research group of Prof. Mogens Brøndsted Nielsen at Nano-Science Center and Department of Chemistry is seeking a creative PhD student with a strong background in organic synthesis chemistry. The group focuses on to design, synthesize, and study advanced functional molecules, in particular π-conjugated molecules. Activities are rooted in organic synthesis. We offer a creative, international and strongly interdisciplinary work environment.
The student has to spend 12 months in the group of Prof. Zhixiang Wei, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, CAS, China. This stay is part of the overall research project to be conducted.
The project aims at developing novel molecular electron donors and acceptors for organic photovoltaics. In comparison to commonly employed donor polymers in photovoltaics, small-molecule donors have several advantages, such as well-defined molecular structures and molecular weights, electronic properties that can be finely tuned by functionalizations, better crystallinities, the possibility to easily introduce functional groups that can be tuned to control morphology, and good solubilities to allow for various ways of material processing. In regard to electron acceptors, there is today strong focus on replacing Buckminsterfullerene (C60) acceptors with other small-molecule electron acceptors that have better optoelectronic tunabilities, lower costs of production, and higher stabilities. The project is rooted in organic synthesis and will combine the expertises of the two groups within molecular engineering using benzodithiophenes and expanded structures thereof (Prof. Wei, CAS, China) and indenofluorene-extended tetrathiafulvalenes and ladder-type polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (Prof. Nielsen). Redox-active chromophore molecules will be designed to reach optimum HOMO-LUMO gaps and to reach optimum morphology requirements. The control of electronic properties, self-assembly at the nanoscale, and morphologies is crucial for obtaining high photoconversion efficiencies of photovoltaic devices. In addition to synthesis, the project will involve spectroscopic and electrochemical studies as well as device fabrication and studies.
Principal supervisor is Prof. Mogens Brøndsted Nielsen Department of Chemistry, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Direct Phone: +45 51 70 01 44.
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:
- To manage and carry through your research project
- Attend PhD courses
- Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
- Teach and disseminate your research
- To stay 12 months at National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, CAS, China and to contribute to the educational activities of the Master’s programmes at SDC, Beijing.
- Work for the department
To be eligible, you must have completed a degree programme, equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) in chemistry or nanoscience with good results and good English skills. For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database
Furthermore, as the fellowship also requires admission at University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) it is only open to non-Chinese citizens. Due to Chinese national regulations, Chinese citizens are not allowed to be admitted to UCAS through foreign universities. They are instead encouraged to apply for enrollment on a PhD programme through UCAS.
Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.
Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.
The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 333,464 (approx. €44,461) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 54,191). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.
The PhD student must pursue a double degree according to the rules and regulations of the Danish university, UCAS and SDC which include passing a Chinese language and Culture course.
The PhD student must apply for admission at UCAS within one month after enrolment at the Danish university.
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.
- Cover Letter
- Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
- Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any
- Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
- 1-3 reference letters (if any)
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
The deadline for applications is 02.7.2021, 23:59 GMT +2.
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.
The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.
For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Prof. Mogens Brøndsted Nielsen Department of Chemistry, E-mail: email@example.com, Direct Phone: +45 51 70 01 44.
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at https://www.science.ku.dk/phd.
Deadline: 2021-07-02 at 23:59
Unit: Faculty of Science
Post expires on Friday July 2nd, 2021