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Research Fellow in Flexible Perovskite Solar Cells

University of Surrey - Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Location: Guildford
Salary: £33,309 to £40,927
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 30th September 2021
Closes: 29th October 2021
Job Ref: 059921

Applications are invited for the position of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Advanced Technology Institute. This position involves a range of activities for the development of fully flexible photovoltaics (PV) based on perovskite semiconductors, with devices and modules deposited by high-speed, high-volume manufacturing techniques that will exceed the state-of-the-art flexible PV power conversion efficiency. The post is funded by EPSRC EP/V027131/1: High-Efficiency Flexible and Scalable Halide-Perovskite Solar Modules.

The project is targeted to develop stable perovskite materials and other device layers (window electrodes, charge transport materials, metal contacts, etc.) suitable for flexible perovskite solar modules by scalable deposition techniques. Other core tasks include the understanding of the degradation mechanism of flexible perovskite solar modules using accelerated ageing tests, and developing robust encapsulation strategies for sustainable and long-term use. This work will finally create a database for use by external parties to communicate measurement standardisation, data reporting and to report optimised device structures and processing techniques.

You will work in a multi-disciplinary team including personnel from the ATI and research collaborators external to the ATI so excellent oral and writtenskills are compulsory. The research team is a partnership between Surrey and leading experts in perovskite photovoltaics from the Universities of Oxford, Sheffield and Cambridge, and supported by partners including National Physical Laboratory, NSG Group, Swift Solar, Ossila, Oxford PV, Coatema and QinetiQ. You are expected to write technical reports, proposals and paper publications and to make oral and poster presentations at conferences, technical meetings etc. You are also expected to collate and deliver periodic project reports to the project coordinator as required, and support existing activities and PhD students working within the research group.

You should have a good honours degree in physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering, electronic or electrical engineering and should have a PhD in a relevant discipline ideally including previous experience of perovskite solar cell manufacture and testing. Practical research expertise in working in a clean room environment, the fabrication of flexible PVs and upscaling, and a range of spectroscopic and electronic measurementtechniques is desirable.

This is a fixed term contract for up to 2 years.

The University of Surrey is a global university with a world-class research profile and an enterprising spirit, located in one of the safest counties in England, within 35 minutes of London by train and minutes away from the Surrey Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Recent investments have seen the opening of a world-class Sports Park and important updates to central facilities.

We can offer a generous renumeration package, which includes relocation assistance where appropriate, an attractive research environment, the latest teaching facilities and access to a variety of staff development opportunities.

Informal academic enquiries may be made to Prof. Ravi Silva via email at s.silva@surrey.ac.uk. Further information about PhD studentships working in the field and the Advanced Technology Institute can be obtained from the ATI website http://www.ati.surrey.ac.uk

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Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£32,344) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate.  Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£33,309).

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