Excilight PhD Vacancy at Ossila

Excilight - Exciplex based OLEDs for lighting

PhD Student to Study OLED Lifetime and stability

Update: Please note that this vacancy was filled on March 2016.



Training Scheme: Early Stage Researcher within Excilight - a Marie Curie Initial Training Network

Salary: Approximately £30,000 to £35,000 (to be confirmed at the start of the project based upon the project allowance of gross monthly employment costs of €3741.33 + 600€ Mobility allowance + 500€ Family allowance subject to exchange rates, small business salary taxation rates (NI), matched pension contributions and family status)

Type of studentship: Joint industrial academic partnership

Main Location: Ossila Limited, Sheffield, UK

Secondary Location, The University of Durham, Durham, UK (~six month secondment)

Awarding Institution: The successful student will graduate with a PhD from The University of Durham.


Full Details

Project Title:

"EXCILIGHT" Donor-Acceptor Light Emitting EXCIplexes as Materials for Easy-to-Tailor Ultra-efficient OLED LIGHTing.

Job Summary: Lifetime & degradation of exciplex OLEDs

The successful applicant will study and quantify the operational lifetime of exciplex based OLEDs relative to normal (EL/phosphorescent OLEDs) and isolate any degradation mechanisms that are specific to exciplex based devices and investigate how these may be mitigated. The overall objectives will be to produce leading edge metrics in operational lifetime using solution processed techniques (at least 10,000 hours lifetime). The position will also include interdisciplinary training, summer schools and yearly international meetings.

Job Description

The PhD student will make and measure a range of solution processed OLED devices both from standard phosphorescent materials and exciplex materials and quantify/compare the initial performance and the lifetime - a key requirement for commercialisation of the technology. They will then optimise the devices to increase longeavity by a range of methods varying from improving the process control through to fundamental studies of degradation methods and elimination of unwanted decay pathways.


The ESR14 will be a joint industrial-academic position with employment and day-to-day supervision by Ossila Limited (United Kingdom) under the guidance of Dr James Kingsley. Academic supervision will be provided by Prof. Andy Monkman at the University of Durham. The main place of work will be at Ossila's offices and Laboratories sited on the North Campus of The University of Sheffield. The candidate will also work up to six months at the University of Durham studying and using more fundamental techniques as well as completing relevant research training programs. ESR14 will graduate with a PhD from the University of Durham.

The project aims at increasing mobility to enhance multidisciplinary training of the student, and give him/her important experience of both academic and non-academic sectors. In addition, the candidate will take part in several training schools in different locations to facilitate exchange with chemists, physicists and material scientists working in EXCILIGHT and experience further multidisciplinary training.

The successful candidate will be employed for three years and receives a generous financial package in accordance with the regulations for the Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN) (http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/doc/call/h2020/common/1617603-part_3_msca_v2.0_en.pdf).

For the candidate it is obligatory to participate in a set of training activities organized within the EXCILIGHT consortium as well as the doctoral student program of the UDUR. The doctoral degree shall preferably be acquired at the Durham University.

Monthly Salary*: 3741.33€ + 600€ Mobility allowance + 500€ Family allowance

*Monthly salary is a gross amount including employer costs of employee according to MSCA ITN rules, salary will be paid in currency of respective country.

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Ossila Limited provide components, equipment, materials and expertise for faster and smarter organic electronics research and discovery. Drawing on extensive academic and industrial experience Ossila has developed a unique package of products enabling other researchers to increase the speed and effectiveness of device fabrication and testing processes for OLEDs, OPVs and OFETs. Ossila is a fast growing small business and exports around 75% of sales to over 500 institutions in 51 countries around the world with many of the worlds leading research institutions as customers. We also provide contract services to industry and academia and are constantly developing our own range of products as well as undertaking fabrication services on behalf of clients.

We are looking to expand rapidly in the next few years and as such are searching for enthusiastic and dedicated people to help us with our core research and development in order to sustain growth, and believe that in return Ossila offers the opportunity to join an exciting new enterprise and experience life in a high-growth high-tech environment.

Please send your fully developed application materials a 1 page maximum motivation letter including statement of career goals, CV including list of publications, a copy of the master thesis, if available copies of up to three papers, names and email address of three referees in one combined PDF with the subject header “EXCILIGHT_ESR14_Name” to recruitment@Ossila.com (FAO Dr James Kingsley).

An assessment committee will be appointed to review the applications and candidates selected based on ITN-wide guidelines, which aim at ensuring equal opportunities. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview either in person or by Skype. The main criterion for selection will be the existing skills, knowledge and research career potential of the applicant, match with the project and fulfilment of the above mentioned qualifications.

Position is available under condition that the Grant Agreement will be signed.

Additional Requirements

Desired Qualifications

  • M.Sc. or equivalent in chemical or physical sciences
  • Ability and motivation to work independently as well as collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team
  • Exceptional communicative and intercultural skills
  • Willingness for significant mobility throughout Europe and stakeholder interactions
  • Excellent working knowledge (reading, writing) in English

Formal eligibility criteria

  • Candidates may be of any nationality.
  • By the time of recruitment by the host organization, candidates must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research career. Full-time research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which formally entitled him or her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited or seconded, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was ever envisaged.
  • Because the Marie Curie schemes are designed to encourage researcher’s mobility, a mobility criterion applies for recruitment: by the time of recruitment, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in United Kingdom for more than twelve months in the last three years. Short stays, such as holidays, are not included.


The main responsibilities of the candidate will be:

  • To manage and carry out an independent research project in close collaboration with partners in EXCILIGHT
  • To write a research proposal, articles for scientific journals and a paper-based doctoral thesis based on a minimum of three articles in peer-reviewed journals
  • To actively participate in research and training activities within the EXCILIGHT network
  •  To disseminate research results in the scientific community (via international conferences) and in the non-scientific community (via outreach and public engagement)