30-2018-IMT PhD Position on Light Management in Perovskite Tandem PV

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) - KIT - Helmholtz Association

Karlsruhe, Germany

Work group:

Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT)


Area of research:

PHD Thesis


Job description:

The rise of perovskite thin-film solar cells in recent years has opened up an exciting route to advance the power conversion efficiency of established photovoltaic technologies. For the first time, a wide bandgap thin-film PV technology is available at low cost that can be combined with established low bandgap semiconductors, such as crystalline Si and CIGS thin-films, in a multijunction module architecture with the potential of surpassing the efficiencies of 30%. However, to date several key scientific and technological challenges still need to be overcome to harvest this potential. One of these challenges is to improve the light management and energy yield of perovskite-based multijunction PV.

At KIT, we engage in this worldwide endeavour and research the fundamentals, novel materials and processes for perovskite multijunction photovoltaics.

Infrastructure and Supervision

The rise of perovskite thin-film solar cells in recent years has opened up an exciting route to advance the power conversion efficiency of established photovoltaic technologies. For the first time, a wide bandgap thin-film PV technology is available at low cost that can be combined with established low bandgap semiconductors, such as crystalline Si and CIGS thin-films, in a multijunction module architecture with the potential of surpassing the efficiencies of 30%. However, to date several key scientific and technological challenges still need to be overcome to harvest this potential. One of these challenges is to improve the light management and energy yield of perovskite-based multijunction PV. 

Applications of highly motivated and excellent candidates with a M.Sc. degree in Physics, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering or related subjects are welcome. The ideal candidate would have prior experience in photovoltaics, optics and/or simulations.

For the application please provide the following documents in electronic form:

Motivation letter (1 page max., please indicate the favored topic)CV including publicationsTranscript of records / MSc diplomaLetter of recommendationContract duration

limited to 3 years

Application up to

28.02.2019

Contact person in line-management

Dr. Ulrich W. Paetzold, IMT, E-Mail ulrich.paetzold@kit.edu

Group leader- Advanced Optics and Materials for Next Generation Photovoltaics


Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Helmholtz-2281

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