Research Fellow – Micro and Nanostructuring for bifacial and semi-transparent Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 27 Jul 2023

28 Jun 2023
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Research Field

Engineering » Materials engineering
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Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

27 Jul 2023 - 23:00 (Europe/Lisbon)
Type of Contract

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Hours Per Week

Offer Starting Date

1 Sep 2023
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Offer Description

Research Fellow – Micro and Nanostructuring for bifacial and semi-transparent Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells


Job Reference: Ref.06.23.32

Employer: International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)

Location: Braga, Portugal

Group/Unit: Nanostructured Solar Cells

Number of Vacancies: 1

Employment Type: Full time

Contract Duration: 36 months


Open Date for Applications: June 28th, 2023

Closing Date for Applications: July 27th, 2023, 23h00m (Lisbon Time)


Key words: #photovoltaics, #solarcells, #microstructuring, #cleanroomfabrication



The Nanostructured Solar Cells Research Group is dedicated to the development of micro- and nanostructured solutions to improve the performance and range of applications of thin-film solar cells.


INL is seeking a qualified Research Fellow with a strong background in Physical Sciences or Material Engineering and experience in solar cell research. The selected candidate will work on (i) bifacial Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells by developing nano-structured point-contact passivation schemes for transparent back contacts and (ii) semi-transparent Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells by developing micro-structuring approaches for the absorber layer. The research will be developed under the project Hi-BITS – High efficiency bifacial thin film chalcogenide solar cells, funded by the Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Action grant no. 101122203.


Job Duties


The Research Fellow will undertake the following main activities and responsibilities:


  • Cleanroom fabrication of thin dielectric passivation layers and the fabrication of point contacts for these layers
  • Cleanroom fabrication of pre-structured substrates for micro-structuring Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells to enable semi-transparent solar cells
  • Fabrication and characterization of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 materials and solar cell devices
  • Planning and execution of joint research activities with project partners
  • Project reporting


Mandatory Qualifications




  • PhD in Physics, Material Science, Material Engineering, or similar




  • Experience in photovoltaics, thin-film solar cells, Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells
  • Experience in cleanroom fabrication processes is a plus, such as thin-film deposition, photolithography, reactive ion etching, metrology;
  • Additional relevant experience in characterization of materials and devices will be positively evaluated, such as scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, solar cell characterization.


Technical Skills


  • Solid knowledge and hands-on experience of solar cell fabrication and characterization, preferably on thin-film and/or Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells



Personal Skills

  • “Hands-on” approach together with a high commitment in respecting working deadlines;
  • Highly organised and dynamic;
  • Ability to work independently and as team player;
  • Good communication skills.



Our Benefits

  • Competitive salary;
  • Tax benefits and other Diplomatic privileges;
  • Private health insurance;
  • Family allowances (according to family situation);
  • Free nursery service at INL premises (subject to availability);
  • Support for education fees of dependent children;
  • Relocation support;
  • 30 working days of annual leave.


How to Apply

The application must be in English and include the following mandatory documents:

a)     Cover letter;

b)     Curriculum Vitae;

c)      Academic and/or Professional diplomas;



Online application instructions:

  • The application is made online by clicking the “Apply” button below;
  • The candidate must complete all required sections of the online application form;
  • The candidate must submit the mandatory documents mentioned above in pdf format by including them in the “Additional files” section using the “Add portfolio” button.

    Important note:

    Incomplete applications including the failure to provide mandatory documents or providing inaccurate information will result in the application not being considered.



    How the Selection Process works

    A. Applications eligibility check

    This stage will be carried out on the basis of the mandatory requirements, education, experience and technical skills defined for the job, as well as the validation of the mandatory documents. Only candidates who meet the eligibility criteria will move forward to the next stage.

    B. CV Assessment

    The Selection Committee will evaluate the eligible applications based on their CV and other submitted documents and the suitability for the position. The best ranked candidates will be shortlisted for the interview stage(s).

    C. Interview(s)

    The interview(s) may be done in different formats: video recording, online or onsite.

    The question based interview will evaluate the match between the candidate’s profile and the requirements for the position, including the technical and personal skills. To better support this stage, the candidate may be requested to prepare a short presentation.


    D. Nomination

    The selected candidate will be nominated and formally offered the position, including the disclosure of the contractual conditions. 




    Additional Information



    Application feedback

    We highly value your interest in becoming part of the INL experience and it is important for us to maintain good communications with all candidates. No matter the outcome of your application, we will always provide you with feedback.


    Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Principle

    INL follows a non-discrimination and equal access principle, wherefore no candidate can be privileged, benefited, impaired or deprived of any rights whatsoever, or be exempt of and duties based on any possible discriminatory issues.


    The advertisement deadline may be extended at any time without previous notice in order to improve the suitability and effectiveness of the recruitment process.



    About INL

    The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory – INL ( ), is the first and only Intergovernmental Organisation in the world entirely focused on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

    It was founded under an international legal framework to perform interdisciplinary research, deploy and communicate nanotechnology for the benefit of society. INL aims to be a recognised leading global nanotechnology innovation hub.

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    PhD or equivalent


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