Job ID: 122766

Research Associate, Organic Thermoelectrics

KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)

  • May 2, 2019
  • Research Associate, Organic Thermoelectrics
  • Thermoelectrics
  • KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)
    Saudi Arabia
  • 6/1/2019
  • Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Physics - General
    Materials Sciences/Polymer Sciences
    Chemistry - General
OMEGALAB is hiring!

Project: exploring n-type semiconductors for organic thermoelectrics

We are seeking an exceptional research associate to work on the characterization and doping of organic semiconductors for thermoelectric applications, where the successful candidate will be a member of Omegalab and mentored by Prof. Baran. The competitive candidate should hold a PhD degree in Chemistry, Physics or Engineering and have a combined expertise in device physics, solution processed semiconductors and device fabrication, have a great proven publication track record, and excellent oral and written communications skills in English. The candidate will be a team player dedicated to attaining first-authored publications in high-impact journals and cultivating skills as a colleague and also as a mentor, devoting a portion of their time to mentoring graduate students in the group and developing new research directions.

Organic thermoelectrics is an emerging field of study that explores the application of semiconducting polymers and organic small molecules as means to produce electric power from temperature gradients. Unlike most of the inorganic counterparts, organic thermoelectric materials can be easily processed in solution, are highly abundant, conformable, printable, inherently flexible, poses much lower toxicity, and display better performance at room temperature.

Although P-type organic thermoelectric materials have shown a steady progress, the advancement of N- type materials has been significantly slower, mainly due to their low conductivity and sensitivity to oxidation in air. This is of great importance as both N and P type materials are required to fabricate an efficient thermoelectric generator.

Applications are sought for an anticipated 2-year position (the initial appointment will be for 1 year, with reappointment for a 2nd year contingent on performance). The position will include a competitive salary based on the candidate's qualifications; other benefits include medical and dental insurance, free furnished housing on the KAUST campus, annual paid vacation, and other generous benefits within KAUST policies.

Applications including CV and list of publications should be sent before June 1st , 2019, to Prof. Derya Baran ( ) at KAUST. Please list 2 referees who have confirmed that they are willing to supply letters of reference upon request.

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a graduate university with a diverse community on the shores of the Red Sea, Saudi Arabia. Prof. Baran's research group OMEGALAB ( focus on engineering smart materials for energy harvesting devices such as solar cells and thermoelectrics located in a 3000 m2 lab space area in KAUST Solar Center.

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