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Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Perovskite-like photovoltaics), / Tutkijatohtori (Perovskiittiaurinkokennot)

Published date 2 weeks ago
Posted: 2 weeks ago
Company Tampere University
Company: Tampere University
End date May 12, 2024
Due date: May 12, 2024
Location Tampere
Location: Tampere

Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences create a unique environment for multidisciplinary, inspirational and high-impact research and education. Our universities community has its competitive edges in technology, health and society. www.tuni.fi/en

The Hybrid Solar Cells at Tampere University, Finland, is pleased to announce the opening of a Postdoctoral Researcher position on “Perovskite-like photovoltaics”. Our group is engaged in research on solution-processed photovoltaics with a special emphasis on halide perovskite and perovskite-like solar cells. We have recently focused on lead-free perovskite-inspired materials for indoor photovoltaics, and we expect that these activities will expand over the next few years. We have access to state-of-the-art solar cell laboratories, with the possibility to cover from the synthesis of the materials, their characterization with a wide set of facilities available at Tampere University (e.g. UV-Vis, PL, XRD, SEM, XPS, and more), to the solar cell complete fabrication (e.g., 2 glove boxes, thermal evaporator, spin-coaters etc) and characterization (e.g., parallel J-V scans, EQE, stability characterization according to ISOS protocols). We rely on a broad academic network of leading international collaborators in the field of photovoltaics and perovskites.

Photovoltaics and photonics are recognized as leading-edge research areas of Tampere University. We offer a world-class research environment in an internationally recognized research group.

Job Description

To strengthen our team, we are looking for a talented and highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to lead the research project “Perovskite-like photovoltaics”, which requires a strong background in perovskite-based photovoltaics and their operation under 1 Sun illumination as well as low-light intensity illumination. The project involves solution-processing of films, composition engineering, device fabrication and characterization. 

You will be integrated in a team of students and senior researchers with competences ranging from chemistry, physics, device engineering. You may also be involved in the supervision of M.Sc. and Ph.D. students and some teaching duties in the future.

This position also involves collaboration within a multidisciplinary team to push the boundaries of current knowledge and technology in this field, publishing research findings in highly ranked journals, presenting at international conferences, and collaborating with a broad network of international collaborators.

Requirements

Applicants are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a Ph.D. degree in electronics, chemistry, physics, materials science, nanotechnology or a closely related field, with a specialization in photovoltaics, particularly solution-processed ones.
  • Have a strong background and technical expertise in device fabrication, solution processing of films, understanding of photovoltaics operation.
  • Understanding of device physics and transient and dynamic tests (e.g., transient photovoltage/photocurrent, EIS) and indoor photovoltaics characterization is a big plus.
  • Experience in XRD, SEM, or AFM characterization is a plus.
  • Some programming experience with Python is appreciated.
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English is necessary. Proficiency in Finnish is not required.

Tampere University is a unique, multidisciplinary, forward-thinking, and evolving community. Our values are openness, critical thinking, diversity, learner-centredness, courage, erudition, and responsibility. We hope you can embrace these values and promote them in your role. 

We offer

The position will be filled for a fixed-term period of 2 years. The starting date is preferably 01.06.2024 or as mutually agreed upon by both parties.  A trial period of six (6) months applies to all our new employees.

The salary will be based on both the position requirements and the employee's personal performance in accordance with the Salary system of Finnish universities. According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff, the position of a postdoctoral research fellow is placed on level 5-6 of the job requirements scale. In addition to the basic salary, a supplementary salary will be paid according to personal performance, depending on the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience. 

We offer you the opportunity to join our dynamic and innovative international community. As a member of staff at Tampere University, you will enjoy a range of competitive benefits, such as occupational health care services, flexible work schedule, versatile research infrastructure, modern teaching facilities and a safe and inviting campus area as well as a personal fund to spend on sports and cultural activities in your free time. Please read more about working at Tampere University. You can also find more information about us and working and living in Tampere by watching our video:  Tampere Higher Education Community - our academic playground

Tampere is the largest inland city in Finland and is considered a major academic hub in the Nordic countries. The region is home to a vibrant, knowledge-intensive entrepreneurial community, and the city is an industrial powerhouse with a rich cultural scene and a reputation as a centre of Finland's information society. Additionally, Finland is known for being one of the most stable, free, and safe countries in the world, based on various ratings by prominent agencies. Tampere is surrounded by stunning nature, with forests and lakes offering countless opportunities for easy-to-access outdoor adventures and refreshment throughout the year.

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How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is 12 May 2024 (at 23.59 EEST / UTC +2)

Please write your application and all accompanying documentation (listed below) in English and combine them into a single PDF file named “LastnameFirstname.pdf”. Please note that other file formats will not be accepted.

Applications should include the following documents:

  • A cover letter (maximum length 2 pages) explaining your background, motivation for pursuing a research career, rationale for applying for the position, and reasons you are particularly suited for this role.
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV) according to TENK guidelines
  • A full list of your publications. Please clearly indicate (in bold) up to ten (10) of your most important publications.
  • A copy of Ph.D. degree certificate in its original language. Provide an official translation if the original language is not English.
  • The contact details of up to two referees. References will not be contacted during the initial review process.

For more information, please contact:

Associate Professor, Group Leader Paola Vivo, paola.vivo(at)tuni.fi

Faculty of Engineering and Natural SciencesMaterials Science and Environmental EngineeringChemistry and Advanced Materials 

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Työn kuvaus:

Tampereen yliopiston Hybrid Solar Cells -tutkimusryhmä etsii motivoitunutta tutkijatohtoria työskentelemään perovskiitin kaltaisten materiaalien kanssa aurinkokennosovelluksissa. Tehtävässä tarvitaan alan osaamista etenkin materiaalien optimoinnissa, sekä aurinkokennojen valmistuksessa ja karakterisoinnissa. Työsuhde on määräaikainen ja sen kesto on kaksi vuotta. Aloitusaika mieluiten 01.06.2024 tai sopimuksen mukaan. 

Hakuohjeet

Tarkemmat tehtävänkuvaukset ja tehtävään liittyvät tutkimusprojektit ovat esitelty ilmoituksen englanninkielisessä osassa.

Jätäthän hakemuksesi yliopiston sähköisellä hakulomakkeella (linkki löytyy tämän ilmoituksen alta). Hakuaika tehtävään päättyy 12.05.2024 klo 23.59.

Lisätiedot: 

Associate Professor, Ryhmänjohtaja Paola Vivo, paola.vivo(at)tuni.fi