PhD student position in Modelling of Interfaces in Solar Cells and Tunnel Field-Effect Transistors

Chalmers University of Technology
October 16, 2022
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We are looking for a PhD student to work on electronic structure modeling of interfaces in semiconductor devices in realistic conditions.

Information about the project and the division Searches for materials with specific properties are the bottlenecks of many emerging semiconductor technologies, such as quantum computing, electronics and solar energy conversion. Properties matching a desired function are key to the introduction of new technologies, but as development approaches final implementation, all components need to be tuned for a harmonious coexistence within a micro-device via doping, surface functionalization, nano-scale engineering, or other methods. From the point of view of first-principles modeling, a microdevice is a stack of functional layers (1, 2 or 3D, organic or inorganic), separated by interfaces - i.e. volumes within which the proximity or bonding between two neighboring materials influences the properties, and causes a deviation from the bulk state. The present project will focus on modeling of interfaces in solar devices and tunnel field-effect transistors at realistic conditions (with defects, extra charges and at finite temperatures. Advanced electronic structure methods, hybrid functionals and ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations, as implemented in the ABINIT, QuantumEspresso or CP2K codes, will be used.

You will join the Condensed Matter and Materials Theory (CMMT) division at the Physics department of Chalmers University of Technology. The CMMT division comprises about 20 researchers, who combine theoretical, methodological and computational techniques, often in close collaboration with local and international experimental groups. The work in the division is characterized by a strong interplay between fundamental and applied research and this allows us to address pressing societal issues, e.g., related to sustainable energy or information technology. Method and software development are an important component of our research.

Major responsibilities During the PhD project you will work on developing models needed to describe interfaces in semiconductor devices in realistic conditions. You will engage in collaborations with experimental groups. As part of the project, you will be expected to communicate research results both orally at international conferences and in writing in scientific journals.

Qualifications To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master's level degree or equivalent in physics, chemistry or materials science and have a strong interest in computational modeling and electronic structure calculations. You should enjoy working in a collaborative environment including interactions with both theoreticians and experimentalists.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. If Swedish is not your native language, Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Contract terms Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

We offer Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg. Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure The application should be marked with Ref 20220458 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number) • CV • Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust. • Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) 1-3 pages where you: • Introduce yourself • Describe your previous experience of relevance for the position (e.g. education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities) • Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents: • Copies of bachelor and/or master's thesis. • Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, e.g. TOEFL test results.

Use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

Application deadline: 16th October, 2022

For questions, please contact: Assistant Professor Julia Wiktor,

Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position.

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The Department of Physics strives to combine world leading research with a good work/life balance including paid vacation, parental leave and other employment benefits. We actively promote diversity and gender equality.

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