Solution processed organic semiconductor-based OLEDs

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Controlling organic semiconductor film morphology at a molecular level is key to advancing the performance of optoelectronic devices such as large area organic light-emitting diode lighting, solar cells and sensors. The project aims to move from an empirical design cycle of material synthesis, device fabrication and testing to a more predictive approach where morphologies from molecular simulations are used to rationalise differences in experimentally measured optoelectronic properties. Outcomes will include unique insight into atomic-level structural details that determine device efficiency and an understanding of whether atomic simulations can be applied to accelerate improvements in device performance and translation to industry.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Professor Paul Burn

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of working with semiconductor materials, device fabrication using solution processing and evaporative techniques, working in a cleanroom environment, device testing, and device simulation would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of semiconductor device physics and simulations and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of LEDs is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 3, 2023. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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