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Research Associate / Postdoc - Development of novel contact layers for silicon photovoltaics

Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
Closing date
24 Aug 2024

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Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time

Job Details

Work group:

IEK-5 - Photovoltaik

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

Job description:

Your Job:

  • Coordination of scientific cooperation with European partners
  • Coordination of scientific project work at the subinstitute
  • Preparation of project reports and writing of publications
  • Further development of processes for plasma-assisted, chemical vapor deposition of zinc oxide layers on industrially relevant silicon wafers
  • Further development of processes for hot-wire deposition of silicon carbide layers on industrially relevant silicon wafers
  • Characterization of the deposited layers with regard to their optical and electrical properties
  • Characterization and analysis of silicon heterojunction solar cells
  • Scientific supervision of students

Your Profile:

  • Successfully completed scientific master’s degree and PhD in electrical engineering, physics, materials science or comparable field of study
  • Experience in material processing and analytics
  • Experience in working with vacuum systems desirable
  • Very experienced in writing scientific publications
  • Ability to work independently
  • Enjoy developing new processes
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Good knowledge of English

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We support you in your work with:

  • Interdisciplinary collaboration on projects in an international, motivated, committed and collegial team of scientists, technicians and engineers
  • Exciting research topics in one of the most relevant and interdisciplinary areas of renewable energies
  • Support for projects from the planning phase, construction and commissioning through to operation and maintenance
  • Excellent scientific equipment and the latest technology
  • Insights into various specialist areas from materials science to electrical engineering and the opportunity to gain experience in these areas
  • Qualified and intensive support from scientific colleagues
  • Promotion of professional development through various training programs
  • Flexible working time models as part of a full-time job (39 hours/week)
  • 30 days vacation as well as all bridge days and time off between Christmas and New Year
  • Capital-forming benefits and an employee pension scheme
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service
  • Exploration and preparation of next career opportunities, supported by our Career Center & Postdoc Office:

In addition to exciting tasks and a collaborative working atmosphere in Jülich, we have a lot more to offer:

We offer you a limited position until 30.04.27. Salary and social benefits will conform to the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund), pay group EG 13, depending on the applicant’s qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks assigned to them.

We welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds, e.g. in terms of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation / identity, and social, ethnic and religious origin. A diverse and inclusive working environment with equal opportunities in which everyone can realize their potential is important to us.

This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific organisation.


The Helmholtz Association contributes to solving major challenges to assure the future of our society. With more than 39,000 people on staff in 18 national research centres, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organization. The name Helmholtz stands for concerted research in which networks form the key principle behind inquiring thought and action. Concerted research is efficient and flexible.

The profile of the Helmholtz Association

The Helmholtz Association performs cutting-edge research which contributes substantially to solving the grand challenges of science, society and industry. To succeed in meeting these responsibilities, Helmholtz concentrates its work in six research fields: Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Key Technologies, Matter, as well as Aeronautics, Space and Transport. Within each of these fields, research programs are developed by our scientists and regularly evaluated by renowned international experts. Their evaluation forms the basis for the programme-oriented funding that is allocated to Helmholtz research. Within the six research fields, Helmholtz scientists cooperate with each other and with external partners – working across disciplinary, organizational and national borders.

Promoting young academics

Helmholtz scientists, a high-performance infrastructure and modern and efficient research management are the ingredients to the Helmholtz Association‘s success and global impact.
Promoting young researchers is a major priority for the Helmholtz Association. Its qualification schemes for young researchers are geared mainly towards PhD students, postdocs and young managers. The Helmholtz Association has set high standards for its talent management. Its strategy begins with targeted recruitment of highly qualified staff at all levels, followed by comprehensive support aimed at further developing their potential. Ensuring equal opportunities is an essential element in all talent management activities undertaken by the Helmholtz Association.

The Helmholtz Graduate Schools and Research Schools at almost all Helmholtz Centres provide doctoral students with the general and specific skills and training they need, as well as ample opportunity to network with other working groups. The period following a doctorate is decisive in determining the direction and success of a scientific career. For this reason, we are about to establish Career Centers for postdoctoral researchers in the Helmholtz centres and a mentoring programme for especially gifted PostDocs in order to foster career orientation. This equips young researchers with the skills they need to go on to head a Helmholtz Young Investigators Group, for example. As a Young Investigator Group leader, junior scientists can independently set up their own group to conduct research in their specialist field.

Within its talent management strategy, the Helmholtz Association pays special attention to the increased recruitment of talented female scientists both from Germany and abroad. To this end, there are currently two funding programs supporting this policy Funding of first-time appointments of excellent women scientists (W2/W3)’ and ‘Funding to recruit top-level international women scientists (W3)’.

The increasing complexity of the content, structures and framework conditions of scientific work today requires researchers to organise their projects, their employees and, of course, themselves in a highly professional and effective way. In response to these demands, we have set up the Helmholtz Management Academy to provide junior leaders in science with professional management training. Furthermore, the Helmholtz network provides a platform for the alumni of the Helmholtz Management Academy and Mentoring programme to come together and share their experiences of leadership, career development and lifelong learning.

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