PhD position in ultrathin films and nanostructures for solar cells
Sort on published: 2016-03-21
Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 42,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.7 billion.
Thanks to important progress in both cost reductions and performance, solar cells are strongly on the rise throughout the world. With continued efforts in research and development, this renewable energy technology may displace the use of fossil fuels at a yet higher pace. The division of Solid State Electronics at the Department of Engineering Sciences has a very strong track record in research on thin film solar cells. We are at the forefront when it comes to solar cells based on CIGS and CZTS type materials, as well as in new concepts for solar cells based on surface plasmon resonances in metal nanoparticles. For further information about the research of our group, please see http://www.teknik.uu.se/solid-state-electronics+/research-areas/solar-cells/.
We are now looking for a PhD candidate in the area of ultrathin absorber layers for solar cells based on new combinations of materials and nanostructures. The doctoral studies will be in the subject area of Engineering Sciences, with specialization in Electronics. The starting date may be on May 1 or later upon agreement.
The research will focus on routes to dramatically (by up to 100 times) reduce the thickness of the light absorbing semiconductor layer of solar cells. This will be approached through light trapping via the surface plasmon resonances of metal nanoparticles and other resonances, and subsequent energy transfer to useful excitations in an ultrathin layer of semiconductor material. One of the major challenges lies in the design and construction of structures with high performance from both optical and electronic viewpoints, especially when some characteristic length scales are only a few nanometers. The research will primarily be experimental, but may also include calculations. A central part of the work will involve fabrication of nanostructured materials in the cleanroom of the Ångström laboratory, and the optical as well as electronic characterization of these materials. We offer an exciting and challenging work in a team, with the goal to elucidate and demonstrate the potential for a new generation of ultrathin solar cells.
The applicant should have a Master of Science degree in physics, materials science, chemistry, electrical engineering or equivalent. Candidates with a bachelor degree, with at least 240 ECTS, in one of the aforementioned disciplines can also be considered, but in such a case the applicant must demonstrate a highly successful track record of university studies. Strong skills in English writing and oral communication is a requirement. The ability to collaborate and contribute to a constructive environment in a group is also a requirement.
A PhD education is normally for four years, extendable to a maximum of five years including departmental duties at a level of at most 20% (typically teaching). Information about graduate studies are available at the department website http://www.teknik.uu.se and the Science and Technology Faculty website, http://www.teknat.uu.se.
Please include a brief description of research interest and past experience, a CV, copies of exams, degrees and grades, a copy of your Master thesis (or a draft thereof) and other relevant documents. We encourage you to provide details of referees and/or attach letters of recommendation.
Uppsala University aims for gender balance and diversity in all activities in order to achieve a higher quality at all levels of the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender and with different birth background, functionality and life experience.
Payment: Local guidelines for salary placement are used.
Starting date: May 1, 2016 or later by agreement.
Working hours: 100 %
For further information about the position please contact:
Associate senior lecturer Carl Hägglund, phone +46 (0)18-471 6283, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Marika Edoff, phone: +46 (0)18-471 6283.
You are welcome to submit your application no later than April 24, 2016, reference number UFV-PA 2016/852.
We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.
Placement: Department of Engineering Sciences
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
Carin Söderhäll, TCO/ST
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Stefan Djurström, Seko 018-471 3315
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2016/852
Last application date: 2016-04-24