Postdoctoral Research Fellow for theoretical computations of structural and electronic properties of PV materials and heterostructures

The CENTER OF ADVANCED PHOTOVOLTAICS of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for theoretical computations of structural and electronic properties of PV materials and heterostructures.

Characterization and understanding of surfaces and interfaces (including internal interfaces such as grain boundaries, phase boundaries or material junctions) in photovoltaic materials and devices plays an important part for identifying functional mechanisms as well as aging and degradation processes and possibly for suggesting ways for their minimization. The project will investigate also influence of structural and chemical modifications of materials and surfaces. The studied systems include organic blends, dyes and other molecules in combinations with nanomaterials such as graphene- and diamond-based heterostructures. The theoretically computed results will be correlated and validated by experimental work (covered under another postdoctoral position and PhD student). The key provided equipment includes access to computing clusters, dedicated work station and a range of software licenses such as Gaussian, Quantumwise ATK, Comsol, etc. The work will be supervised by doc. RNDr. Bohuslav Rezek, Ph.D. (http://www.fzu.cz/~rezek/publications.html) and includes also a PhD student.

Job requirements:

Successful candidates must hold Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or closely related disciplines. Previous experience with DFT calculations, Green’s function-based techniques, and QM/MM or research in photovoltaics is highly welcome. Prior publications as the first author in recognized scientific journals as well as good knowledge of English (both written and oral) are compulsory. Teamwork with Ph.D. and Master students is expected. Building up own research team is encouraged.

Contract details:

The salary is competitive (range 1600 – 2000 EUR brutto based on quality and experience of the candidate). The position is initially for 2 years and can be prolonged upon mutual agreement.

How to apply:

The call is open until the position is filled. The starting date is expected to be before September 2018 (later in exceptional cases). Applications must include a brief description of research interests and relevant experience, CV with publications, and one Letter of recommendation of and academic referee. Inquiries and applications shall be sent to: cap@fel.cvut.cz and rezekboh@fel.cvut.cz

About the workplace:

Center of Advanced Photovoltaics (CAP, cap.fel.cvut.cz) at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague has been established to face challenges in the area of photovoltaics from atomistic models and novel solar cell designs to urbanistic and architectural concepts. The Center of Advanced Photovoltaics in a close partnership with University of Southampton (U.K.) lays the foundation for prime research in theoretical and applied photovoltaics taking advantage of unique multidisciplinary environment. The Center is lead by experienced and recognized senior researchers, including prof. Tomas Markvart as the Center head, and supported by a dedicated administration team. The Center is an inherent part of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, which is a workplace including 3500 students, 380 academic staff, and annual budget exceeding 840 million CZK. Study programs are taught in Czech as well as in English with a strong emphasis on international exchange and collaboration.

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