University of Freiburg (Uni Freiburg)

Doctoral position for the development of inorganic devices for photovoltaic energy conversion and storage devices

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Freiburg, Germany

The Cluster of Excellence Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS) is offering a

Doctoral position for the development of inorganic devices for photovoltaic energy conversion and storage devices

Part-time position (65 %), Start-date: July 1st, 2019

The combination of photovoltaic energy conversion and charge storage enhances the use of light energy harvesting tremendously and can be achieved at different integration levels. An existing route is the modular combination of separated solar cells and batteries (level I). The next level would be a monolithic device in which the battery and the solar cell are still separated by a metallic electrode (level II). The highest integration (level III) merges both functions (conversion and storage) into one device using multifunctional materials. This project of livMatS focuses on the development of inorganic devices of level II and III (SolStore).

For the development of such SolStore devices, the following questions have to be solved:

  • What is the ideal device architecture?
  • How should the individual SolStore devices be interconnected and integrated to achieve an efficient and robust device with optimal electrical output parameters?
  • What absorber and battery materials are ideally suited?
  • What is the function of interfaces between charge transport layers?
  • What type of process technologies such as evaporation, plasma-enhanced vapor deposition, sputtering, blade coating and printing should be used for the fabrication of the different components of the device?
  • Which characterization and simulation methods are suited to analyze device performance and loss mechanisms?

These questions will be addressed in a multidisciplinary team of scientists working on the modeling of materials properties, synthesis and characterization of new materials as well as device design, fabrication and simulation. The fabrication of devices will be developed in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), Freiburg.

The doctoral candidate will be part of this team and mostly focus on the fabrication and analysis of inorganic combined conversion and storage devices of level II and III.

Applicants should have a Master degree in electrical engineering or physics as well as strong experience in electrical device fabrication and characterization. Experience in semiconductor physics, process technology and/or electrochemistry, for example in the field of batteries, is required. Furthermore, eagerness to acquire further knowledge and to work in an interdisciplinary international team are mandatory as well as good self-organization and the ability to work independently, although under supervision. We expect fluency in English.

Please hand in:

  • Letter of intent detailing why you are interested in this specific project and how your previous research qualifies you for the project (up to 1,500 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae with list of publications (if applicable)
  • Certified copies of your university degree(s) with grades (Bachelor and Master
    certificate / Diploma certificate and transcript)
  • Short summary of your Master’s thesis (up to 1,000 words)
  • Work sample (chapter from recent thesis or journal article, up to 5,000 words)
  • Suggestion of two referees with contact details

Your documents will not be returned after the application process. For this reason, please submit copies only.

The position is limited to 36 months. The salary will be determined in accordance with TV-L E 13.

We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.

Please send in a complete and convincing application including the supporting documents specified above and citing the reference number 00000538 by June 19th 2019 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Dr. Monika Schulz
Cluster of Excellence Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS)
Georges-Köhler-Allee 105
D-79110 Freiburg
Kennwort: livMatS

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For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Stefan Glunz on the phone number +49 761 203-5191; +49 761 2714-101 or E-Mail

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