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PhD scholarship in Photovoltaic Materials and Systems Group – DTU Fotonik, Denmark, 2022


PhD scholarship in Novel n-type Materials for Emerging Thin-Film Solar Cells at Photovoltaic Materials and Systems Group, DTU Fotonik, Denmark, 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD scholarship
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: According to standard norms

DTU Fotonik

Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark


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Qualification Details

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

Responsibilities/Job Description

At DTU Fotonik, we have many years of experience with the environmentally-friendly and non-toxic solar cell absorber material Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS), both as a single-junction and as a part of a multi-junction solar cell. CZTS and many other thin-film solar cells use the toxic n-type material cadmium sulfide (CdS), which does not result in an optimal band alignment at the p-n interface for CZTS. The aim of this Ph.D. scholarship is to design new, tunable, Cd-free n-type materials, which can enhance the efficiency of emerging thin-film solar cells. The group at DTU Fotonik is world leading within tandem systems of solar cells with CZTS as the toplayer.

You will be working on developing an n-type material with a tunable band gap and tunable conduction band and you will apply them in CZTS solar cells as well as other novel solar cell absorbers. You will contribute to the fabrication and characterization of the devices, as well as advanced characterization of the p-n interface.Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Explore new n-type oxide materials that are deposited mainly by sputtering, but other deposition techniques such as solution-based methods or atomic layer deposition (ALD) could also be used
  • Investigate CZTS thin-film solar cells with the new n-type layers
  • Model the CZTS/n-type layer interface by a software such as SCAPS
  • Teach and supervise B.Sc. and M.Sc. student projects
  • Dissemination of scientific results to various audiences via different media (scientific journals, international conferences, etc.)

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma including official description of grading scale

About the Department/Section/Group

DTU Fotonik has 220 employees with competences in optics. In a typical year, DTU Fotonik educates 55 PhD students from more than 25 countries and our student numbers are constantly growing. As one of Europe’s largest public photonics research departments, DTU Fotonik covers a multitude of optical disciplines ranging from fundamental light-matter interaction and optical telecommunications to applied research and innovation. Our research topics include optical sensors, lasers, LEDs, photovoltaics, ultra-high speed optical transmission systems, bio-photonics, nano-optics and quantum photonics.

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Note or Other details

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. The starting date is as soon as possible.

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Contact details

Further information may be obtained from Sara Engberg, [email protected] from DTU Fotonik, and please mark email with “Novel n-type Materials for Emerging Thin-Film Solar Cells” in subject field.

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