Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Ultrafast Spectroscopy

Saudi Arabia
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January 29 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Ultrafast Spectroscopy

Job Description
The Ultrafast Dynamics Group (UFD) of the KAUST Solar Center (KSC) is seeking postdoctoral researchers with expertise in ultrafast optical spectroscopy of excited states in organic semiconductors and metal halide perovskites for photovoltaic applications and / or photoactive materials for photocatalysis, specifically water splitting and carbon dioxide reduction. The current experimental expertise of the UFD group covers (ultra)fast pump-probe transient absorption/reflection and THz experiments, time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) spectroscopy, and several transient electro-optical experiments. Expertise in the above techniques and/or related ultrafast laser spectroscopy techniques, for instance in multidimensional visible/infrared spectroscopy, and in the analysis of transient spectroscopy data is necessary.



  • Maintaining and advancing existing, and developing novel ultrafast laser spectroscopy setups
  • Determining ultrafast dynamics of excited states in organic and hybrid semiconductors for PV applications or in materials used for photocatalysis
  • Analyzing and interpreting ultrafast spectroscopy data, developing photophysical models to describe dynamics
  • Contributing to projects with internal and external collaborators
  • Dissemination of research results in project meetings, peer-reviewed journals, and at international conferences

    Required Qualifications
    The candidate should have a Ph.D. degree in physics, chemistry, materials science, or a closely related field. Extensive experience previously obtained in Ph.D. studies/postdoctoral research in the field of ultrafast optical spectroscopy of organic or hybrid materials is mandatory; applications from applicants without such experience are discouraged. Knowledge of the physics and chemistry of organic and hybrid materials is mandatory. As a spectroscopist, the research requires a high level of experimental skills and involves the operation of sophisticated ultrafast laser systems such as femtosecond amplifiers/oscillators, LC TOPAS, OPOs, and (home-built) NOPAs. The ability to design and execute spectroscopic experiments and to interpret spectroscopic data are required. Expertise with LabView, MatLab, and Origin data analysis software is an advantage.

    The candidate will become part of an interdisciplinary Research Center and a highly cooperative team, and therefore, should be willing to work in a team environment. The candidate should have a strong sense of personal responsibility, high motivation to perform both curiosity-driven and goal-oriented research, scientific excellence, and flexibility to work and deliver results.

    KAUST benefits for postdoctoral fellows
    KAUST offers a highly competitive salary. Benefits include housing, medical, dental insurance, K-12 education for dependent children (subject to availability), relocation allowance, and repatriation allowance. The candidates will enjoy the multicultural experience of KAUST in an international group with state-of-the-art facilities for the fabrication of solar cells and material characterization.

    Application Deadline: February 28, 2021
    Position Duration: 2 years (prolongation is possible)
    Position Start Date: June 2021 or earlier

    Visit and send your complete application dossier including an up-to-date CV, list of publications, motivation letter, and two recommendation letters to the research group leader, Associate Professor Dr. Frédéric Laquai.

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