PhD student in Physical Chemistry with focus on dye-modified perovskite solar cells

Uppsala University
March 14, 2023
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PhD student in Physical Chemistry with focus on dye-modified perovskite

solar cells

Published: 2023-02-13

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden's most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

The Department of Chemistry - Ångström conducts research and education in the chemistry field. The department has more than 250 employees and has a turnover of 250 million SEK. At the department's six programs, we conduct very successful research of a high international standard. We have a large number of externally funded research projects, often with international cooperation and we see continued good growth in our subject area. The department has education assignments in engineering programs and master's programs. More information is available on our website. (https: //

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This recruitment is connected to the Wallenberg Initiative Materials Science for Sustainability (WISE). WISE, funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, is the largest-ever investment in materials science in Sweden and will encompass major efforts at Sweden's foremost universities over the course of 10 years. The vision is a sustainable future through materials science. Read more: https: //

All early-stage researchers recruited into the WISE program will be a part of the WISE Graduate School, an ambitious nationwide program of seminars, courses, research visits, and other activities to promote a strong multi- disciplinary and international network between PhD students, postdocs, researchers, and industry.


The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%). The PhD student should design, plan, perform the experimental work, as well as critically analyze and discuss the results, initially with close guidance by the supervisor. As the PhD student develops they are expected to become more independent in taking the initiative and planning the research. The student is expected to participate actively in WISE workshops and to present their results at scientific conferences as well as in scientific peer-reviewed journals.

Perovskite solar cells have reached efficiencies similar that of conventional silicon solar cells, but they are much easier and cheaper to produce. Unfortunately, their stability is still insufficient. The PhD student will synthesize and investigate perovskite solar cells, which will be modified with dye molecules. Molecular modification of interfaces in perovskite opto- electronic devices can significantly improve their performance. In this project, dye molecules are used for such modification, which can further improve their performance and stability, and will allow us to study several fundamental aspects of these devices in more detail.

The PhD student will prepare perovskite solar cells in different configurations by wet-chemical deposition methods. Selected interfaces are modified with suitable dye molecules. Interfaces and complete devices will be studied using advanced spectroscopies and opto-electrical measurements.


To meet the entry requirements for doctoral studies, you must

  • have been awarded a second-cycle qualification in chemistry (or related subject) and possess a good understanding of physical chemistry, or
  • have satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or has acquired essentially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
  • have very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant's experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

    Additional qualifications Previous experience with solar cell research, thin film deposition and optical spectroscopies is desirable.

    Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.

    About the employment The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7 . Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date as agreed. Placement: Uppsala.

    The application must contain:

  • A short letter describing your background as well as why you are good match to this position.
  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Copy of bachelor exam and transcript of study records
  • Copy of master exam and transcript of study records
  • List of publications including master's thesis
  • Contact information to at least two references
  • For further information about the position, please contact: Gerrit Boschloo, +46 (0)18 471 3303, [email protected] .

    Please submit your application by March 14th 2023, UFV-PA 2023/512.

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    Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

    Placement: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

    Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position

    Pay: Fixed salary

    Number of positions: 1

    Working hours: 100 %

    Town: Uppsala

    County: Uppsala län

    Country: Sweden

    Union representative: ST/TCO [email protected] Seko Universitetsklubben [email protected] Saco-rådet [email protected]

    Number of reference: UFV-PA 2023/512

    Last application date: 2023-03-14

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