Assistant Professor Nano Energy Harvesters

Assistant Professor Nano Energy Harvesters

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9 Dec 31 Jan Delft

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Develop nano energy harvesters for photonics, thermoelectrics and silicon-based electrical storage to drive the sustainable electrification of society.

Job description

To accelerate the energy transition and the electrification of society in particular, radical new ways of generating and storing electricity are crucial. Imagine photovoltaic (PV) urban surfaces equipped with sensors, LEDs, thermovoltaic devices and batteries. These are future PV modules that efficiently convert sunlight into electricity, also encompassing infrared spectrum and locally stored electricity. As Assistant Professor in Nano Energy Harvesters you will use the latest thin film materials to conduct research geared to developing devices that can ultimately be used in the PV, battery, LED and NEMS industry. Are you ready to realise your vision of the electrification of society?

Combining semiconductor physics, optoelectronics, and thermal processes, you will develop devices in our cleanroom facilities. In an iterative loop you will alternate experiments with modelling to enhance the performance of your harvesters, such as efficiency, brightness, or charge capacity. To realise your research proposals, you will build your industrial partner network and attract funding. And you will grow your team of PhD candidates and postdocs, whom you will supervise to completion. In addition, you will coach and supervise Master students, supporting them with their Master thesis projects. Of course, you will also play an active role in our committees and the scientific community.

At TU Delft you will join our internationally diverse Photovoltaic Materials and Devices (PVMD) Group. Proud to be among the global academic leaders in our field, we are an ambitious, friendly and supportive team of professors, lecturers and technical and support staff. We share ideas and knowledge, and give you all the training and coaching you need to evolve and grow your career in this tenure track. You will contribute to our team’s results as your devices will be used in various research projects. We share a drive to build solar cells and other devices based on thin semiconductor films, including amorphous and nano-crystalline silicon films, crystalline silicon and perovskites.

About the department

The PVMD group is part of the Electrical Sustainable Energy department which is inspired by the technical, scientific, and societal challenges originating from the transition towards a more sustainable society and focuses on four areas:

  • DC Systems, Energy Conversion and Storage (DCE&S)
  • Photovoltaic Materials and Devices (PVMD)
  • Intelligent Electrical Power Grids (IEPG)
  • High Voltage Technologies (HVT)

The Electrical Sustainable Energy Department provides expertise in each of these areas throughout the entire energy system chain. The department owns the large Electrical Sustainable Power (ESP) Laboratory assembling High Voltage testing, DC Grids testing environment, and a large RTDS that is actively used for real-time simulation of future electrical power systems, AC and DC protection, and wide-area monitoring and protection. 


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


You thrive on conducting groundbreaking research and contributing to world-class education. Leveraging your communication and networking skills, you build relevant networks, attract funding and convince stakeholders of your research proposals. In addition, you enjoy teaching and interacting with our international students. If you don’t have teaching experience, not to worry, as gaining teaching competencies is part of your personal development programme.

You also have:

  • A PhD in a relevant subject.
  • Demonstrable experience of nano fabrication and in-depth knowledge of semiconductor physics and related chemistry. You’re also eager to learn other disciplines, such as optics and numerical modelling.
  • A good command of English, as TU Delft is an internationally diverse community. 

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 5+1 year Tenure.

A tenure-track position is offered for six years. In the fifth year we’ll decide if you will be offered a permanent faculty position, based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment. We expect that you have the potential to grow towards an Associate Professor and/or Full Professor role in the future.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. We expect you to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) within three years if you have less than five years of teaching experience. This is provided by the TU Delft UTQ programme.
TU Delft sets high standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language within three years.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!


Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) brings together three disciplines - electrical engineering, mathematics and computer science. Combined, they reinforce each other and are the driving force behind the technology we use in our daily lives. Technology such as the electricity grid, which our faculty is helping to make future-proof. We are also working on a world in which humans and computers reinforce each other. We are mapping out disease processes using single cell data, and using mathematics to simulate gigantic ash plumes after a volcanic eruption. There is plenty of room here for ground-breaking research. We educate innovative engineers and have excellent labs and facilities that underline our strong international position. In total, more than 1,100 employees and 4,000 students work and study in this innovative environment.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Engineering
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • TUD03201


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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