Postdoctoral position in hot-carrier photovoltaics

Lund University
March 27, 2023
Offerd Salary:Negotiation
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Contract Type:fixed-term employmen
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Lunds universitet, LTH, Fysiska institutionen

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world's top 100 universities. The University has around 46 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Description of the workplace

The position is placed at the Division of Solid State Physics at the Department of Physics, a division with around 100 employees where extensive research is carried out centered on various aspects of nanophysics, ranging from materials science to bio- and quantum physics to various applications. The division is a central part of NanoLund, Lund University's large interdisciplinary research Centre on nanoscience and nanotechnology. The division includes Lund Nano Lab, a central and shared facility for the production of materials and components at the nanoscale. The Division has a strong commitment to undergraduate education, not least in the Master's programme "Engineering Nanoscience" at LTH.

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.

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We offer

You will be included in a team of researchers at NanoLund, a highly visible nanoscience center that offers excellent career development, an open and inclusive research environment with an active community of PhD students and postdocs, and access to a wide range of state-of-the-art capabilities within characterization, nanofabrication and modelling.

All early-stage researchers recruited into the WISE program will be a part of the WISE Graduate School https: // 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.

Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme. Read more on the University website about being a Lund University employee Work at Lund University.

Subject description

The aim of the project is to demonstrate the potential of nanowires for converting solar energy into useful energy with high efficiency by using hot- carrier photovoltaics. The project includes epitaxial synthesis of custom- designed nanowires and their electro-optical characterisation. The objective is to recruit a candidate with experience in epitaxy and/or electro-optical characterisation who is interested in further developing his/her knowledge in these areas.

Responsible for the position is Prof. Heiner Linke at the Division of Solid State Physics. In addition, you will collaborate with Prof. Magnus Borgström, expert in the synthesis of semiconducting nanowires and nanowire-based solar cells; with Assoc. Prof. Adam Burke, expert in nanofabrication and electrical characterisation; and with Prof. Anders Mikkelsen who is an expert in scanning-probe techniques.

Work duties

Project tasks:

  • Epitaxial synthesis of custom-designed, group III-V heterostructured nanowires,
  • Nanofabrication of single-nanowire devices for electro-optical characterisation
  • Characterization of the electrical and optical properties of the synthesized nanowires
  • Methods include MOVPE, electron beam lithography, SEM, EBIC, OBIC and electrical measurement methods.

    The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included if desired, but up to no more than 20% of working hours. The position includes the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning. The purpose of the position is to develop the independence as a researcher and to create the opportunity of further development.

    Qualification requirements

    Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position. The certificate proving the qualification requirement is met, must be received before the employment decision is made. Priority will be given to candidates who have graduated no more than three years ago before the last day for application. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

    Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Significant experience in either epitaxial growth or in electrical or optical characterisation of semiconducting nanostructures.
  • Assesment criteria

    This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers. Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.

    For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research.
  • Teaching skills.
  • Other qualifications:

    Experience of working with

  • MOVPE (metal-organic vapor deposition)
  • Nanofabrication in clean-room environment, in particular electron beam lithography and fabrication of electrical nanodevices
  • Optical and/or electrical characterisation of semiconductor nanostructures, in particular photoluminescence, EBIC (electron-beam induced current), OBIC (optically induced current), or I-V (current- voltage) characterisation.
  • Solar cells and their characterisation
  • Modelling or theory of electro-optical processes in semiconductors
  • Consideration will also be given to 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.

    Further information

    This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of 2 years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow”).

    How to apply

    The application must be written in English and contain a letter in which you briefly describe yourself and your research interests, including contributions to the described research project. The application must also contain a CV, a copy of the doctoral degree certificate, a list of at least two references with contact details, copies of grades and other documents that you wish to refer to.

    Applicants are also required to answer the job specific questions in the final step of the application process.

    Welcome with your application!

    LTH forms the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, with approximately 9 000 students. The research carried out at LTH is of a high international standard and we are continuously developing our teaching methods and adapting our courses to current needs.

    The Department of Physics is with a staff of about 350 scientists and educators one of the largest departments within Lund University. There are seven research divisions and a number of research centra within the department. The research activities at the department cover a broad spectrum of modern physics. www.

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    Type of employment Temporary position

    Contract type Full time First day of employment According to agreement, but 2023-05-01 at earliest Salary Monthly salary Number of positions 1 Full-time equivalent 100 City Lund County Skåne län Country Sweden Reference number PA2022/3752 Contact

  • Heiner Linke, Professor, [email protected], [email protected]
  • Union representative

  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, [email protected]
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
  • Published 14.Feb.2023 Last application date 27.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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