Postodoctoral Positions on design, synthesis and engineering of nanostructured inorganic materials based on Environmentally Friendly, Earth Abundant elements for energy harvesting and solar cell (Photovoltaic) applications.

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 12 Mar 2017

The Functional Optoelectronic NanoMaterials group at ICFO, led by ICREA Prof. Gerasimos Konstantatos, is launching a research program on the design, synthesis and engineering of nanostructured inorganic materials based on Environmentally Friendly Earth Abundant elements for Energy harvesting and solar cell applications.


The program will develop new hierarchical engineering schemes of inorganic nanocrystalline semiconductor compounds from the atomic to the suprananocrystalline level to develop high performance low-cost solution-processed solar cells that can cover the broad solar spectrum from the visible to the infrared in both single junction and tandem architectures.

To address this grand challenge, we seek highly motivated, visionary and highly skilled researchers to form a multidisciplinary team at different levels (postdoctoral and pre-doctoral).


By means of this opening, we are looking for 4 postdoctoral researchers with the following background, to participate in this challenging emerging project:



 1.   A computational chemist/material scientist with strong demonstrated expertise in DFT simulations of semiconductors (bulk and nanomaterials) using various software platforms (SIESTA, VIENNA) ideally on materials for energy harvesting applications. The fellow will act as the group?s liaison with theorists that the FON group collaborates with as well as work together with experimentalist material scientists and chemists in the group to develop new passivation and doping schemes as well as design compounds for solar energy harvesting applications. The incumbent is also expected to write proposals for access at supercomputing facilities to perform the simulations. The position is available for three years renewable on an annual basis depending on the performance of the incumbent and the progress of the project. (Code Name: COMP-MAT)


 2.   A synthetic chemist with demonstrated expertise on the synthesis and growth of inorganic semiconductors for energy applications. Relevant experience on the colloidal synthesis of inorganic materials with high phase purity and crystallinity will be considered a plus. Particularly prior expertise on the growth or synthesis of Fe-based semiconductors (FeS2) or other Earth abundant multinary (ternary, quaternary) chalcogenides will be favorably evaluated. The incumbent will be working together with theorists, physicists and device engineers to develop solar-grade quality semiconductor compounds comprising environmentally friendly highly abundant elements. The position is available for 4 years renewable on an annual basis depending on the performance of the incumbent and the progress of the project. (Code Name: SYNTH-CHEM)


 3.   A physicist with strong expertise on the set-up, use and interpretation of Scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy, Kelvin-probe Force Microscopy, photoconductive-AFM etc. techniques for interrogation of the local electronic properties of nanomaterials and probing optoelectronic mechanisms at the nanoscale using these techniques. The candidate will form part of an interdisciplinary team and his/her mission will be to develop these techniques and use them to correlate the local (microscopic) energetic landscape in complex nanostructured materials with macroscopically observed figures of merit in working solar cells and to develop a methodology to correlate those mechanisms at play both at the atomic as well as at the suprananocrystalline level. The position is available for 4 years renewable on an annual basis depending on the performance of the incumbent and the progress of the project. (Code Name: SPM)


 4.   A physicist or material scientist with demonstrated expertise on the development, modeling and characterization of thin-film photovoltaics at material level and/or device engineering level. Experience in correlating material properties (phase purity, crystallinity, composition, film morphology, interfaces) with device performance and/or characterization thereof based on optoelectronic spectroscopy techniques (including DLTS (deep level transient spectroscopy), TAS ( thermal admittance spectroscopy), PL, TPC/TPV etc.) will be positively evaluated. Alternatively the ideal candidate should have demonstrated expertise on thin film PV technologies with high performance devices (including CZTS, CIGS, or perovskite (preferably on Pb-free ones). The position is available for three years renewable on an annual basis depending on the performance of the incumbent and the progress of the project. (Code Name: DEV-PHYS)


For further information about the Functional Optoelectronic NanoMaterials research group at ICFO, please see https://www.icfo.eu/research/groups-details?group_id=30.


To formally apply and be considered for those positions please apply through here:

http://jobs.icfo.es/?detail=297


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