1 PhD Student Position in Defect Physics of Semiconductors for Photovoltaic Applications

Reference : MRT-2019-PACE-3

Type: PhD Student
Contract type: Fixed term contract
Duration: Up to 4 years
Place: Belval



PACE (https://pace.uni.lu) is a competitive PhD training program for a total of 8 PhD candidates, supported by the research funding scheme PRIDE of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). The PACE doctoral training unit provides structured PhD training in advanced photovoltaic concepts for building highly efficient next generation solar cells. Our aim is to start all 8 students together, to form a cohort.

The PACE program involves a close collaboration between the University of Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology. Industrial visits and secondments are foreseen. The PACE program includes transferable skill training, support in career development, scientific lectures by international speakers and annual PhD retreats. The PhD candidates will be enrolled at the Doctoral School of Science and Engineering at the University of Luxembourg.

The research program focusses on tandem and micro solar cells, with 5 positions relating directly to these concepts. 2 positions are for advanced characterization of the material synthesized in the making of the solar cells. 1 further position is dedicated to understanding the defect physics of the used semiconductors.




Candidate H: Defects have a strong influence on the performance of absorber materials for solar cells. The PhD candidate will perform calculations on the spectroscopic signatures of point defects in the thin-film solar cell materials Cu(In,Ga)S2 and Cu(In,Ga)Se2. This will require the use of existing ab-initio codes based on density-functional theory and on many-body perturbation theory. It will also involve the development of "second principles" methods such as tight-binding (fitted to ab-initio methods in small supercells).



  • We are seeking excellent and highly motivated candidates holding or just finishing a Master’s degree in Physics and a strong background in quantum mechanics, solid-state physics, and computational physics.
  • Fluency in English is mandatory – it is the working language.


Applications should include a motivation letter, the contact details of two references, a full curriculum vitae and a copy of the relevant diplomas showing marks, and should be sent before 31st March 2019 through our job portal using the following link. Uni Link : emea3.mrted.ly/23t89

Please note that applications failing to contain the requested documents WILL NOT be considered.


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