3-years Postdoc Position In ultrafast spectroscopy

Starting 1st Sept. 2018 (flexible)
3-years Postdoc Position In ultrafast spectroscopy
The University of Sheffield is a world top 100 university

Solar energy is currently the only clean alternative that has the potential to sustain our ever-increasing energy needs. Knowledge of a more efficient way to convert sunlight into chemical or electrical energy is a determinant step toward sustainability. The understanding and subsequent control of efficient Internal Conversion (IC), Inter-System Crossing (ISC) and visible-light driven Charge Separation (CS), as the key steps in natural and artificial photosynthesis, will lead to the development of a cleaner energy production. In this aim, we propose to investigate these intrinsic electronic processes in series of specifically engineered porphyrins and porphyrin-based complexes.

The candidate will be using Sheffield’s the newly built laser facility which includes an ultrafast transient spectroscopy (Helios) and the latest fluorescence upconversion setups. The goal is to build a list of structural characteristics that specifically enhance the rate and yield of photo-induced IC, ISC and CS in porphyrins. By combining some of the best equipment available in the world and structurally unique porphyrins, we except the outcome of this project to be a landmark in the field of porphyrin photo-dynamics.

Besides acquiring expertise in the proposed ultrafast techniques and data analysis, the candidate will have the option to develop the current laser system to integrate multi-pulse and pulse-shaping capabilities. The university also provides with effective professional development programs and a vibrant social environment.

The University of Sheffield is a world top 100 university and world top 50 most international, situated at the edge of Sheffield’s historical downtown, only 6km away from the Peak District national park with direct train connections to London (2.5h), Manchester (1h) and Leeds (<1h).

The successful candidate has a doctoral degree in Chemistry, Physics or related disciplines with experiences in fs laser spectroscopy and/or time resolved techniques. She/he is willing to work in a diverse environment, selfmotivated and has leaderships abilities.

Please send your CV, motivation letter and references to a.chauvet@sheffield.ac.uk.

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Adrien Chauvet, Chemistry Dept., Dainton Building, C94,

The University of Sheffield, Sheffield S3 7HF, United Kingdom.

+44 (0)114 222 9414