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3 PhD Student Positions in Photovoltaics: 1 in Theory and 2 in Advanced Semiconductor Characterization

University of Luxembourg

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

PACE is a competitive PhD training program for a total of 8 PhD candidates, supported by the research funding scheme PRIDE of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). The PACE doctoral training unit provides structured PhD training in advanced photovoltaic concepts for building highly efficient next generation solar cells.

3 PhD Student Positions in Photovoltaics: 1 in Theory and 2 in Advanced Semiconductor Characterization

Positions are funded up to 4 years with fixed-term contracts.

Start date: September 2019

Candidates F and G will carry out advanced characterization of the materials developed for the solar cells:

Candidate F will conduct correlative optical and electrical characterization of different thin film solar cell technologies on the micrometer scale in order to deeply understand the materials properties. The tasks of this candidate include: Hyperspectral time resolved photoluminescence imaging of CIGSe, hybrid perovskites and photo-ferroelectric materials and Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy in inert gas and ultra-high vacuum on selected samples to correlate the optical properties to the electrical properties on the micrometer scale. Email for more information.

Candidate G: The AINA group at LIST has been developing a Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) add-on system for the Helium Ion Microscope (HIM) and for a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), allowing the advantages of high spatial resolution with high sensitivity chemical information to be combined. The candidate will use these novel multi-modal analytical instruments (HIM-SIMS and TEM-SIMS) to develop correlative nano-scale methodologies and apply them to photovoltaic samples. The PhD candidate will acquire highly-valued skills in advanced characterization techniques (TEM, HIM, SIMS) applicable in a number of fields in materials science and beyond. Email for more information.

Applications for positions F & G, please apply at and state a project preference.

Candidate H: Defects have a strong influence on the performance of absorber materials for solar cells. The PhD candidate will perform calculations on the spectroscopic signatures of point defects in the thin-film solar cell materials Cu(In,Ga)S2 and Cu(In,Ga)Se2. This will require the use of existing ab-initio codes based on density-functional theory and on many-body perturbation theory. It will also involve the development of “second principles” methods such as tight-binding (fitted to ab-initio methods in small supercells). Email for more information.

Applications for position H please apply at

These projects will be part of the PACE program and will involve close collaboration between the University of Luxembourg and theLuxembourg Institute of Science and Technology..Industrial visits and secondments are foreseen.

The PACE program includes transferable skill training, support in career development, scientific lectures by international speakers and annual PhD retreats. The PhD candidates will be enrolled at the Doctoral School of Science and Engineering at the University of Luxembourg. More information on the PACE program can be found at or from

Applications should include a motivation letter stating the choice of project, the contact details of 2 references, a full curriculum vitae and a copy of the relevant diplomas showing marks.
Please note that applications failing to contain the requested documents or which do not indicate the preferred PhD projects WILL NOT be considered.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.