SHORT DESCRIPTION

PhD and Post-doctoral position available to work in the research project focused on CNT-based solar cells


OTHER DETAILS

Ref. num. STEM 18-PD01

Research Associate - CNT-based solar cells


IMDEA Materials (Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies of Materials) is a non-profit, independent research institute, promoted by the Regional Government de Madrid (Spain), to carry out research in Materials Science and Engineering. IMDEA Materials Institute is committed to excellence in research by attracting talent from all over the world and to foster technology transfer to the industrial sector in a truly international environment. More information about the activities of the Institute can be found at: http://www.materials.imdea.org

DESCRIPTION

IMDEA Materials (Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies of Materials) is a non-profit, independent research institute, promoted by the Regional Government de Madrid (Spain), to carry out research in Materials Science and Engineering. IMDEA Materials Institute is committed to excellence in research by attracting talent from all over the world and to foster technology transfer to the industrial sector in a truly international environment. More information about the activities of the Institute can be found at: http://www.materials.imdea.org


The candidate will be a key player in a scientific project focused on solar energy production, funded by an ERC Starting Grant (structural energy harvesting composite composites). In short, the focus will be nanocarbon-based Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs), which have emerged as one of the most promising photovoltaics technologies with a global market value of USD 49.6 million, estimated to grow over 12% up to 2022. In this context, the strategy that the candidate will develop is the preparation and analysis of flexible DSSCs using carbon nanotube (CNTs) electrodes. The candidate will learn the fabrication and characterization of CNT electrodes as well as the device assembly using n- and p-type metal oxide electrodes. He/She will then characterize solar cells under in and out-door conditions combining different spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques like EIS, IMVS, IMPS, IPCE, etc.


REQUIREMENTS

Candidates should hold a PhD in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics (or related discipline). Experience in molecular electronics, semiconductor devices, microelectronics or photophysics will be positively judged.

Excellent academic records and a strong commitment to develop an academic career in an international and multidisciplinary environment are expected.

Fluent oral and written English is required as this is the official language of the group. No knowledge of Spanish is totally fine (free lessons provided).

Interested candidates should submit their Curriculum Vitae (including complete contact information for two references) and a one-page statement of their motivation.


CONDITIONS

Full time contract including social security coverage.


Salary depending on previous experience and credentials.


The position will be open until the candidate is selected.