PhD position on the numerical modelling of perovskite solar cells (1.0 FTE)

PhD position on the numerical modelling of perovskite solar cells (1.0 FTE)

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To enable the development of new, superior perovskite materials and solar cells, the successful candidate will develop advanced numerical simulation modelling software to quantitatively study the electrical characteristics of state-of-the-art perovskite solar cells.

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Job description

To enable the development of new, superior perovskite materials and solar cells, the successful candidate will develop advanced numerical simulation modelling software to quantitatively study the electrical characteristics of state-of-the-art perovskite solar cells.

With the rise of perovskite semiconductors, a new approach using metal halide perovskites as wide bandgap absorber on top of state-of-the-art silicon bottom cells has emerged, promising power conversion efficiencies (PCE) well over 30 %. Such tandem cells are envisaged as one of the most promising applications of these fascinating new materials. The development of suitable, highly efficient perovskite sub-cells is a challenge and requires a thorough understanding of the workings of perovskite devices.

This PhD project is part of a large European project on the development of perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells. The project includes several leading European groups at the universities of Oxford, Valencia, Karlsruhe, and others, as well as a number of industrial partners.

Within this consortium, the successful candidate will identify the loss mechanisms of the perovskite solar cells made and measured by the other partners through the use of extensive numerical modelling. This includes extending our current drift-diffusion modelling software, applying it to experimental data, and the use of machine learning to identify trends in the data. A deep understanding of device physics, numerical modelling, and computer programming are, therefore, required. The PhD student will be operating at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, one of the leading institutes in the field of materials science, and will be supervised by Prof. Jan Anton Koster, an expert in the field of photovoltaics.

Specifications

University of Groningen

Requirements

You are expected to:

• hold a (Research) Master degree (or will graduate before appointment date) in physics, Material Science or a similar related field
• have demonstrable experience in numerical modelling
• have demonstrable experience in computer programming
• show ability to collaborate in an interdisciplinary environment
• have strong communication skills and are motivated to disseminate results to both scientific peers and a broad audience
• be proficient in the English language (oral and written) e.g. with a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall and 6.5 on parts
• be strongly motivated to obtain a PhD degree.

Technical skills: An MSc degree in physics, material science or engineering (or equivalent) is required. A demonstrable background in computer programming and numerical simulation is essential.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 48 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary of € 2,443 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,122 gross per month in the fourth and final year
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% year-end bonus
• a full-time position (1.0 FTE) for four years; first, you will get a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years; prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress to indicate that successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and you will be enrolled in the Graduate School of the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

The conditions of employment are available at the University of Groningen website under Human Resources: https://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/

Starting date from 1 November 2022

Department

Faculty of Science and Engineering

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has been our top priority for over four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is the largest faculty within the University. We offer first-rate education and research in a wide range of science and engineering disciplines, from classical disciplines such as mathematics, astronomy and mechanical engineering, to interdisciplinary fields such as artificial intelligence, pharmacy and nanoscience. Our community has an open and informal character with students and staff from around the world.
The position we offer will be embedded in the research group Photophysics and OptoElectronics that is part of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The group's main research interests lie in the use of novel semiconducting materials for optoelectronic applications and devices. The group provides a lively, internationally oriented scientific environment with excellent facilities.

Specifications

  • PhD
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • max. €3122 per month
  • University graduate
  • 222316

Employer

University of Groningen

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