Vacancies: 5 PhD Student Positions in Photovoltaics: Synthesis, Characterization, and Fabrication of Devices
The PACE doctoral training unit provides training in advanced photovoltaic concepts for building next generation solar cells.
5 PhD Student Positions in Photovoltaics: Synthesis, Characterization, and Fabrication of Devices
Positions are funded up to 4 years with fixed-term contracts. Start date September 2019
Candidates A and B will investigate micro-solar cells for high efficiency applications:
Candidate A will investigate the electrodeposition and annealing of semiconductor layers to form discrete micro-solar cells. They will also characterize the semiconductor layer and solar cell. Experience of: electrochemistry, thermal annealing, structural, or opto-electronic characterization is advantageous. firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Candidate B will investigate inkjet printing of transparent conductive oxides (TCOs), with the aim to develop a low-cost process for fabrication of high-quality TCOs, which is compatible with micro-solar cells. The work will consist of synthesis of the inks, control of the jetting conditions and ink/substrate interaction, development of a low-temperature annealing process, as well as microstructural and opto-electrical characterization of the layers. Background in chemistry and experience on processing of materials are advantageous. email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org - more information.
Candidates C, D, and E will investigate multi-junction solar cells for high efficiency applications:
Candidate C will prepare and characterise low band gap Cu(InGa)Se2 solar cells suitable as bottom cells in tandem devices. The absorbers will be characterised by photoluminescence to fully use their potential. The cells will be electrically optimized for the illumination situation of a bottom cell. email@example.com - more information.
Candidate D will prepare polar oxide (ferroelectric) films by solution deposition to serve as a wide-bandgap top cell. They will perform structural and electrical analysis of the films, measure the photovoltaic properties and separate bulk photovoltaic from interface-based effects. The influence of the ferroelectric domain structure on photovoltaic performance will be determined. Experience with dielectric and ferroelectric materials is considered a strong asset. firstname.lastname@example.org - more information.
Candidate E will investigate high performance transparent conducting materials (TCMs) as top electrode for the low band gap solar cell. The challenges will be to design materials combining appropriate band alignment, conductivity and transparency, as well as to develop a low-temperature vapor phase deposition compatible with the cell processing, potentially using a hybrid layer combining e.g. TCO and silver nanowires. Experience with TCMs is advantageous. email@example.com - more information.
The candidate should have or be finishing an MSc in one of: chemistry, chemical engineering, crystallography, materials science or solid state physics. An excellent command of English is required.
These projects are part of PACE and are a collaboration with Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology. PACE includes industrial visits, secondments, skill training, support in career development, lectures by international speakers and annual PhD retreats.
Applications should include a motivation letter stating the choice of project, the contact details of 2 references, CV and a copy of the relevant diplomas showing marks, and should be sent before 31st March 2019 using the following link.