Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Silicon Solar Cells

University of Oxford - Department of Materials

We are seeking a PDRA to work on a project entitled ‘Black Silicon Photovoltaics’. This is a collaborative program of research involving the University of Oxford and the University of Southampton. The PDRA will lead the Oxford research into the creation and passivation of textured surfaces for silicon solar cells in close collaboration with a fellow PDRA at Southampton, with regular visits between partners.

The post is fixed-term for up to 3 years.

You will be in charge of designing and implementing novel gas-phase texturing techniques in collaboration with a UK based manufacturer. In this project you will develop an understanding of how process parameters affect surface etching in the gas phase and how these can be controlled to achieve the desired surface morphologies. You will also be responsible for the characterisation and optimisation of these morphologies to reduce surface reflection while maintaining compatibility with subsequent solar cell processing. You will investigate emitter formation and passivation of these surfaces so that the electrical properties can be optimised in conjunction with optical properties so that overall cell performance can be maximised.

You will hold (or be close to completing) a doctorate in photovoltaics or related discipline. You will be able to demonstrate experience in silicon solar cell research and familiarity with wet chemical processes.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 15 January 2018.

The Department of Materials has been awarded departmental Bronze Athena SWAN status in recognition of its efforts to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality, and is committed to creating a positive working environment for everyone. Job applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here:

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