1 PhD Student Position in Defect Physics of Semiconductors for Photovoltaic Applications

1 PhD Student Position in Defect Physics of Semiconductors for Photovoltaic Applications

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.

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1 PhD Student Position in Defect Physics of Semiconductors for Photovoltaic Applications

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

Start date:September 2019

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).

This project will be part of the PACE program and will involve close collaboration with experimental groups of the University of Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology. Additional collaborations with groups of the European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility and a secondment in the group of Florian Libisch at the TU-Wien are foreseen as well. 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.

We are seeking excellent and highly motivated candidates holding or just finishing a Master’s degree in Physics and a strong background in quantum mechanics, solid-state physics, and computational physics. Fluency in English is mandatory – it is the working language.

More specific information on this project can be obtained by contacting ludger.wirtz@uni.lu. More information on the PACE program can be obtained at https://pace.uni.lu or from the program coordinator phillip.dale@uni.lu.

Applications should include a motivation letter, the contact details of two references, a full curriculum vitae and a copy of the relevant diplomas showing marks, and should be sent before 31st March 2019 through our job portal using the following link. Uni Link : http://emea3.mrted.ly/23t89

Please note that applications failing to contain the requested documents WILL NOT be considered.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.