Postdoc scholarship in spectroscopy of perovskite solar cells

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Project description

The development of perovskite solar cells is a highly active research field with a potentially large impact for society. For commercial use, these solar cells will have to be stable as well as efficient. Selective contacts play an important role here, as they could serve to increase the stability by acting as a protective layer from atmospheric influences for the active material. On the other hand, degradation of the solar cell could also happen in the interface of selective contacts with the active material. This project will make use of new developments in synchrotron-based photoelectron spectroscopy to study the chemistry of the hole selective contact / active material interface in perovskite solar cells. The stability of these interfaces under illumination and atmospheric conditions will be tested with the aim of identifying pathways which cause instabilities of the solar cells.

The project will involve fabrication of perovskite solar cells with different selective contact as well as their study by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The latter will be carried out on beamtimes at different synchrotron-radiation facilities in Europe (e.g. Bessy II in Berlin, MAX IV in Lund).

The research will be performed in collaboration with other members of the research group and as part of the “Centre for Molecular Devices” at KTH and Uppsala University, which will provide opportunities for collaboration, and advanced characterization techniques of the synthesized materials and solar cells.

Qualifications

The applicant must have a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics or Materials Science completed within the last four years. Experience with perovskite solar cell fabrication and/or experience with synchrotron-based X-ray spectroscopy are strong merits.

The selected applicant will be highly motivated, possess the ability to perform critical analysis, and have an interest in the topics related to the position. Excellent communication skills in oral and written English are required.

Application

Apply to this scholarship by e-mail to skowron@kth.se . You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad. Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than 2019-03-17. Mark your application with reference number C-2019-0042.

The application must include the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter (detailing both your previous scientific work experience and your interest in this position)
  • Research statement (max 2 pages)
  • Contact information for three references

Please observe that you apply for a scholarship, not an employment, which will be paid directly by Carl Tryggers Foundation to the successful applicant after the foundation’s approval.

About the position/positions

Period: 24 months

Extent: Full-time

Amount of scholarship: 23 000 SEK

Location: Stockholm

Contact

Queries concerning the position can be directed to Ute Cappel: cappel@kth.se

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