Research Officer

Updated: 8 months ago
Location: Bangor, WALES
Deadline: 22 Oct 2017

The School of Electronic Engineering of Bangor University, Wales, invites applications for a 12 month Research Officer post to work on the ‘SPARC II’ project (‘Solar Photovoltaic Academic Research Consortium’) under the supervision of Dr Zengbo Wang. The project is a collaboration between Swansea University and Bangor University and the successful candidate will be working with the team of engineers and scientists across Wales. The scheme has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. EU Funds: Investing in Wales
Applicants should possess a PhD degree (or be near to completion of a PhD) in a relevant area of engineering or physics and experience in the area of Photovoltaics modelling and simulation, design and optimisation. A track record of high-quality scientific publications is desirable.
The successful candidate will be involved to support a number of key research issues including 1) light guide solar concentrator design and simulation, 2) Tandem, OPV, Perovskite solar cells modelling and simulation, and 3) Theoretical support to the whole consortium.
The School of Electronic Engineering achieved the UK’s fourth place ranking for research outputs in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2014), acknowledging the School as world leading in its research activities.
The appointee will commence on 1st December 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.
For an informal discussion of the post please contact Dr Zengbo Wang via email at:
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The School of Electronic Engineering achieved the UK’s fourth highest score for Electronic Engineering research output in the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), acknowledging the world leading research activity carried out in the School.

These articulate in the fields of Photonics (optoelectronics, optical system and communications), Material and Devices (smart materials, organic and green electronics, device fabrication and characterization).

The Project

The ‘SPARC II’ project (‘Solar Photovoltaic Academic Research Consortium’) is a collaboration between three universities in Wales and involves collaboration between the Centre for Solar Energy Research (CSER), SPECIFIC, the Department of Physics at Aberystwyth and the School of Electronic Engineering at Bangor University.
SPARC II will develop new themes in solar PV energy research which will address the big challenges for this technology, namely:
- High efficiency solar PV technology
- Materials characterisation and lifetime performance
- Integration of new solar PV devices into value added applications
- New materials processes for the next generation of solar PV products
Different PV technologies will be studied across the different centres. Bangor University will be mostly focused upon techniques to understand degradation, including using analytical techniques and device measurements. However, this will involve solar cell manufacture in our cleanroom facilities and device simulation. The long term aim is to increase the long-term stability by improving module construction and materials. Bangor University will also investigate increasing PV efficiency by looking at new material systems for third generation solar cells. There will be regular opportunities to travel between different sites as well as established collaborations with research centres different sites around the world.
The scheme has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. EU Funds: Investing in Wales.

Purpose of the Job

We are seeking applications for a 12-month Research Officer post to work on the ‘SPARC II’ project (‘Solar Photovoltaic Academic Research Consortium’) under the supervision of Dr Zengbo Wang. The successful candidate should have an engineering or physics background and have an active interest in photovoltaics for semiconductor devices. During the course of the project, he/she will be providing the strong support for solar cell design and simulation capability development and its application to different solar cells studied within the consortium which includes OPV, perovskite and tandem solar cells.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

• Take forward the theoretical study of light guide solar cell concentrator.
• Modelling of OPV, Perovskite, Tandem Solar cell optical and electrical performance.
• Provide theoretical support to other teams within the consortium.
• Write technical reports and publications in International journals.
• Advise and collaborate with other researchers within the research programme along with Masters and PhD students in closely related projects.
• Contribute to external funding bid initiatives.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

• The post holder will be expected to participate in performance reviews, to discuss results with consortium partners and to contribute to developmental activities.
• The post holder will be expected to comply with the University’s equality policies and statements, Dignity at Work and Study Policy and the University’s Welsh Language Scheme.
• The post holder has a general and legal duty of care in relation to health, safety and wellbeing and must take all reasonable steps to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for him/herself and for other members of staff, students and visitors affected by his/her actions or inactions. The post holder is also required to comply with all applicable health and safety policies, procedures and risk assessments.
• The post holder must comply with relevant legal and financial policies and procedures and be aware of their responsibilities in terms of the legal requirements of their posts.

Person Specification

• A PhD degree (or near completion) in engineering or physics area.
• Experience in computer modelling, simulation, design and optimisation of solar cell devices.
• Computer programming experience.
• Experience running/operating analytical equipment

• Experience in the area of photovoltaics (specifically OPVs or perovskite solar cells, although experience with other technologies will be considered).
• Self-motivated and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
• Experience developing new computing models.
• The ability to undertake quantitative analysis /strong research method and skill analysis
• Track record of publishing internationally.
• Fluent in English-based and both oral and written communications and have an understanding of the bilingual nature of the University.
• Experience of other PV material systems.
• Experience in assisting post-graduate student supervision.

• Demonstrate good analytical skills, ability to analyse numerical data and present results appropriately
• Demonstrate good verbal and written skills
• Good interpersonal skills.
• Self-motivated and the ability to work independently as part of a team.
• Understanding of the bilingual nature of the University and the area.


• Task management skills
• Good computer skills besides solar cell modelling and simulation, including Linux, MS Office, C++, Matlab, Labview.
• Ability to travel in the UK for project meetings and attend meetings abroad.


All members of staff have a duty to ensure their actions are in line with the overall environmental aims of the University and minimise their environmental impact.
All offers are made subject to proof of eligibility to work in the UK and receipt of satisfactory references
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