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The work will be performed at the Division of Solid State Electronics, Department of Engineering Sciences, The Ångström Laboratory.

Background: Photovoltaics is one of the fastest growing renewable energy technologies, a trend which is expected to accelerate in coming decades. The solar cell group at the division for Solid State Electronics is working with fundamental understanding and development of efficient, low-cost photovoltaics based on thin film technology, using the materials Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) and Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 (CZTS).

Project description: You will build up a fabrication route for some completely new materials called “thio-Olivines”, which are interesting for thin-film photovoltaics based on only earth-abundant elements, investigate their basic characteristics and determine if they are suitable for efficient solar cells. The materials will be synthesised by magnetron sputtering combined with thermal treatments, before being integrated into solar cells. Materials and opto-electronic characterisation will be used to understand and improve the various production steps. The research group has a fully equipped lab for fabricating solar cells and mini-modules in the Ångström clean room. More about our research can be found at www.teknik.uu.se/solid-state-electronics+/research-areas/solar-cells/.

Qualification requirements: To be eligible for employment as a post-doctoral researcher, your PhD (or equivalent) must have been awarded at most three years before the closing date for this application. In some circumstances (for example parental leave, periods of illness or certain other cases), this period may be extended.

You should be motivated and well-organised with an interest in solar energy.

A PhD in materials science, physics or chemistry is required. Experience with thin film synthesis by PVD and standard thin film characterisation techniques is expected. Previous experience with sputtering is advantageous, as is a background in solar cell or similar semiconductor device fabrication and/or measurement. The project will require a candidate who can operate independently when needed, and can demonstrate good experimental design and planning skills. A constructive and collaborative attitude is a requirement, as is mastery of oral and written English.

Applications should include a CV and list of publications, University transcripts of education, Ph.D. thesis and other relevant publications (submitted or accepted); names, mail and e-mail addresses of two referees; and a letter (ca. two pages) stating the applicant’s motivation, interest and relevant experience for this project.

Uppsala University finds that gender balance and diversity brings a higher quality to the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender and with different birth background, functionality and life experience. Within this category a majority of the employed are men, and we would therefore particularly like to see female applicants for employment.

Pay: Individual salaries

Starting: No later than Sept 1, 2016.

Type of employment: Temporary position for a period of two years

Working hours: 100 %

For further information about the position, please contact
Dr Jonathan Scragg (email jonathan.scragg@angstrom.uu.se)

You are welcome to submit your application no later than April 20, 2016, UFV-PA 2016/497

This is a translation of part of an original document in Swedish. In case of disagreement between the English and the Swedish version of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Salary Fixed pay
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2016/497
Union representative
  • Carin Söderhäll, TCO/ST, 018-471 1997
  • Per Sundman, Saco-rådet, 018-471 1485
  • Stefan Djurström, Seko, 018-471 3315
Published 26.Feb.2016
Last application date 20.Apr.2016 11:59 PM CET

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