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PhD positions in New and high efficiency photovoltaic concepts

University of Luxembourg
Luxembourg (LU)
39953 EUR
Closing date
25 Jun 2023

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Chemistry, Physics
Job Type
PhD Studentship
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

Job Details

The University of Luxembourg is an international research university with a distinctly multilingual and interdisciplinary character. The University was founded in 2003 and counts more than 6,700 students and more than 2,000 employees from around the world. The University’s faculties and interdisciplinary centres focus on research in the areas of Computer Science and ICT Security, Materials Science, European and International Law, Finance and Financial Innovation, Education, Contemporary and Digital History. In addition, the University focuses on cross-disciplinary research in the areas of Data Modelling and Simulation as well as Health and System Biomedicine. Times Higher Education ranks the University of Luxembourg #3 worldwide for its “international outlook,” #20 in the Young University Ranking 2021 and among the top 250 universities worldwide.

The Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine (FSTM) contributes multidisciplinary expertise in the fields of MathematicsPhysicsEngineeringComputer ScienceLife Sciences and Medicine. Through its dual mission of teaching and research, the FSTM seeks to generate and disseminate knowledge and train new generations of responsible citizens, in order to better understand, explain and advance society and environment we live in.

Four Ph.D positions are available in the photovoltaics cluster in the Department of Physics and Materials Science (DPhyMS) at the University of Luxembourg, with two positions at the Laboratory of Energy Materials led by Prof. Dale and two positions at the Laboratory of Photovoltaics led by Prof. Siebentritt. These positions are for two joint European collaborative projects which aim at new materials, methods and concepts for highly efficient thin film photovoltaic devices.     

Your Role...

Inorganic thin film photovoltaics require low energy to fabricate, are stable for decades, and have achieved efficiencies comparable to silicon. In these new projects we will implement ideas to improve the efficiency still further and open new photovoltaic applications such as colour and semi-transparency. All the projects will involve significant international collaboration, sample exchange, inkjet or vapour phase synthesis, semiconductor and device characterisation.

What we expect from you…

We are looking for a motivated, independent, passionate skilled physicists, physical chemists, or materials scientists to join our teams. As part of the photovoltaics cluster you will enjoy the opportunity to exchange ideas, collaborate internally, and use well equipped laboratories. Our publications ( and ( provide a perspective on our research directions.

In Short...

  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 48 Month
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Location: Belval
  • Internal Title: Doctoral Researcher
  • Job Reference: UOL05721

The yearly gross salary for every PhD at the UL is EUR 39953 (full time)

How to apply...

Applications in English should be submitted online and include:

  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcript or grade record
  • Three reference contacts

Early application is highly encouraged, as the applications will be processed upon reception. Please apply ONLINE formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered. 

The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

In return you will get…

  • Multilingual and international character. Modern institution with a personal atmosphere. Staff coming from 90 countries. Member of the “University of the Greater Region” (UniGR). 
  • A modern and dynamic university. High-quality equipment. Close ties to the business world and to the Luxembourg labour market. A unique urban site with excellent infrastructure.
  • A partner for society and industry. Cooperation with European institutions, innovative companies, the Financial Centre and with numerous non-academic partners such as ministries, local governments, associations, NGOs …

We offer an attractive working environment in one of the most enjoyable European cities (

Further information...

More information can be found on the cluster website:

Or contact: Prof. Phil Dale or Prof. Susanne Siebentritt



The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international, multilingual and interdisciplinary character. She fosters the cross-fertilization of research and teaching, is relevant to her country, is known worldwide for her research and teaching in targeted areas, and becomes an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education. Her core asset is her well connected world-class academic staff which will attract the most motivated, talented and creative students and young researchers who will learn to enjoy taking up challenges and develop into visionary thinkers able to shape society.


The University of Luxembourg, a small-sized institution with an international reach, aims at excellence in research and education. In a reduced number of research fields identified by its successive strategic plans, its ambition is to be among the world's top universities. University of Luxembourg intends to be innovative, centred on research, primarily interested in the quality of the structure it offers to its students, its teachers and its researchers and attentive to the needs of the society around it. It contributes to turning out discerning and independent personalities with strong potential for action in research, innovation and in society.

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