PhD position: Contacts for perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells

Published Deadline Location
16 Apr 16 May Utrecht

PhD position: Contacts for perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells

Job description

This PhD position will be 1 of 6 in the Joint Solar Programme 3 that is intended to conduct fundamental and applied research needed for Si-perovskite tandem solar cells. This particular position will focus on designing and implementing advanced contacts for both the perovskite and Si solar cells. This will likely include monocrystalline metal nanowire transparent electrodes, reflective back contacts and carrier selective layers. The project will involve both theoretical and experimental work, including full device optical/electrical simulations, nanostructure synthesis/fabrication and device integration. There will be close collaborations with other groups at AMOLF, Eindhoven and Delft working on other aspects of the tandem solar cells.


The Nanoscale Solar Cells group synthesizes advanced metal and semiconducting nanostructures, characterizes their material properties and integrates them into novel device structures with the aim of improving our fundamental understanding of light absorption, charge separation, recombination and transport at the nanometer scale.


Candidates must have a MSc degree in chemistry, physics, materials science or engineering and strong mathematical training. The ideal candidate would have research experience in (or desire and ability to learn) numerical modeling and nanofabrication/nanocharacterization.

Conditions of employment

When fulfilling a PhD position at the NWO-I, the Institutes Organisation of NWO, you will get the status of junior scientist. 
You will have an employee status and can participate in all the employee benefits NWO-I offers. You will get a contract for four years. Your salary will be up to a maximum of 2,834 euro gross per month.The salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8 percent and an end-of-year bonus of 8.33 percent. You are supposed to have a thesis finished at the end of your four year term with NWO-I. A training programme is part of the agreement. You and your supervisor will make up a plan for the additional education and supervising that you specifically need. This plan also defines which teaching activities you will be responsible (up to a maximum of ten percent of your time). The conditions of employment of NWO-I are laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres (Cao-Onderzoekinstellingen), more exclusive information is available at this website under Personeelsinformatie (in Dutch) or under Personnel (in English). General information about working at NWO-I can be found in the English part of this website under Personnel. The 'Job interview code' applies to this position.



AMOLF initiates and performs leading fundamental research on the physics of complex forms of matter, and creates new functional materials, in partnership with academia and industry. AMOLF is located at the Amsterdam Science Park, the Netherlands, and engages approximately 140 scientists and 70 support staff. See also

Additional information

For additional information, please contact Dr. Erik Garnett Group leader Nanoscale Solar Cells.


  • PhD positions
  • Natural Sciences
  • max. 40 hours per week, temporary
  • max. €2834 per month
  • University Graduate
  • AT-35754


Van Vollenhovenlaan 659, 3527 JP, Utrecht

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Make sure to apply before 2018-05-16.