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PhD Position in Solar Energy Conversion and Storage

University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Odense, Fyn (DK)
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Chemistry, Engineering
Job Type
PhD Studentship
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term
Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy and the Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics and Thin-Film Energy Devices (SDU CAPE), invite applications for a fully funded PhD fellowship in "Synthesis and development of organic small-molecules for photovoltaics". The PhD position(s) is part of the new cross-disciplinary SDU Climate Cluster Elite centre for 'Solar Energy Conversion and Storage (SOLEN)'. The starting date is 1 September 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter, for a three or four year (4+4) period.

What we offer

The PhD position is a part of the new SDU Climate Cluster (SCC) Elite centre SOLEN, which aims to design, develop, and bring forward new sustainable solar energy conversion and storage technologies using a strong cross-disciplinary approach. For this PhD position, the activities focus on designing and synthesizing new organic molecules with suitable energy levels for donor or acceptor components in organic photovoltaics. Fabrication and characterization of thin films will also be investigated in collaboration with SDU CAPE.

The majority of your working time is devoted to your own research studies at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy (Odense). However, i t is expected that you will spend approximately one year at SDU CAPE (Sønderborg) fabricating and analysing thin-films for organic solar cells. As a PhD student you are expected to develop your own ideas and communicate scientific results in English. We offer a fully funded PhD position for the duration of three or four years.

The successful applicant will be enrolled as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of Science.

What we expect
Candidates who have a previous Master's degree in a field relevant to the mentioned PhD project may seek the fellowships (material science, chemistry and similar). Candidates who have finished the first year of their Master's programme may also apply for a four year PhD.

Preferred candidates have experience with the following:
- Organic synthesis
- Molecular modelling,
- Thin-film photovoltaics).

Due to the strong cross-disciplinary nature of the w ork, the candidate is expected to have excellent collaboration skills. A very good capability of communicating scientific results in English, both orally and in writing, is required.

We offer a modern, inclusive, international, and interdisciplinary working environment with state-of-the-art facilities as well as a strong tradition of international collaboration. Our ambition is to recruit, develop, and retain talented scholars committed to both academic excellence and departmental development.

Having a focus on green energy technologies - improving performance and device stability, SDU offers full access to state-of-the-art laboratories for synthesis and characterization.

7 June 2023.

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