Post-doc Machine Learning and Modelling of Perovskite Solar Cells

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 18 Jun 2024

Post-doc Machine Learning and Modelling of Perovskite Solar Cells (V24.0287)
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Job description

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has been our top priority for over four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is the largest faculty within the University. We offer first-rate education and research in a wide range of science and engineering disciplines, from classical disciplines such as mathematics, astronomy and mechanical engineering, to interdisciplinary fields such as artificial intelligence, pharmacy and nanoscience. Our community has an open and informal character with students and staff from around the world.

The position we offer will be embedded in the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials. The research group Photophysics and OptoElectronics is part of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Groningen. The group's main research interests lie in the use of novel semiconducting materials for optoelectronic applications and devices. The group provides a lively, internationally oriented scientific environment with excellent facilities.

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to join our team working on the development of high-efficiency wide-bandgap perovskite for application in perovskite-perovskite tandem solar cells. The successful candidate will work in a collaborative environment with leading European academic and industrial partners, including the universities of Oxford and Valencia, on a large-scale European project.

The focus of the postdoc project will be on using advanced numerical simulation modeling software and machine learning techniques to quantitatively study the electrical characteristics of state-of-the-art perovskite solar cells. Specifically, the successful candidate will identify the loss mechanisms of the perovskite solar cells made and measured by the other partners through the use of extensive numerical modeling. This will involve extending our current drift-diffusion modeling software, applying it to experimental data, and using machine learning to identify trends in the data.

Applicants should have a PhD in physics, materials science, electrical engineering, or a related field. A deep understanding of device physics, numerical modeling, and computer programming is required. Experience in machine learning and data analysis is highly desirable but not essential.

The postdoc will be based at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, one of the leading institutes in the field of materials science, and will be supervised by Prof. Jan Anton Koster, an expert in the field of photovoltaics.

This is an exciting opportunity for a talented and ambitious researcher to join a dynamic and collaborative team working on cutting-edge research in the field of perovskite solar cells. The successful candidate will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and a supportive research environment, as well as opportunities for personal and professional development.


• university PhD degree in Physics, Material Science, or related disciplines
• fluency in spoken and written English.

You are expected to

• hold a PhD degree (or will graduate before appointment date) in physics or a similar, related field
• have demonstrable experience in numerical modelling
• have demonstrable experience in machine learning
• show ability to collaborate in an interdisciplinary environment
• have strong communication skills and are motivated to disseminate results to both scientific peers and a broad audience
• be proficient in the English language (oral and written) e.g. with a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall and 6.5 on parts
• technical skills: A PhD degree in physics, material science or engineering (or equivalent) is required. A demonstrable background in computer programming, machine learning and/or numerical simulation is essential.

Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary from a minimum of € 3,226 gross per month up to a maximum of € 5,090 gross per month (salary scale 10) based on a full-time position and dependent on qualifications and work experience.
• excellent secondary terms of employment
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus
• participation in a pension scheme for employees
• a fulltime position (1.0 FTE) with a duration of 1 year.

The start date is flexible.


Do you want to become a member of our team? Please send your application to us, by submitting the following documents:

1. Letter of application (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number). 1-3 pages where you:

• introduce yourself
• describe your previous experience of relevance for the position (e.g. education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities)
• describe your future goals and future research focus
• copies of master’s and PhD thesis.
• list of publications, conference talks.
• attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

2. Curriculum vitae (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)

3. Copy of the latest degree/qualification

4. Two letters of recommendation.

You can submit your application until 17 June 11:59pm / before 18 June 2024 Dutch local time (CEST) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

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The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers:
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