Empa - the place where innovation starts

Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.

Our Laboratory for Thin Films and Photovoltaics is offering a

PhD student position in the field of thin film materials science and solar cell devices

The Laboratory for Thin Films and Photovoltaics is internationally known for innovative research in the field of inorganic and organic-inorganic hybrid thin film photovoltaic technologies. The laboratory is very well equipped with various deposition and characterization methods. Amongst other achievements the Laboratory for Thin Films and Photovoltaics holds the world record for energy conversion efficiency of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 and CdTe solar cells on flexible substrates, and semitransparent Perovskite and tandem solar cells. Further the Lab strives to further improve the state of the art of thin film photovoltaic technologies.

Your tasks

You explore and develop advanced fabrication concepts for highly efficient thin film solar cells in a research group with high team spirit. You will contribute to solve cutting edge scientific questions and disseminate your results in international conferences and peer reviewed journals.

Your profile

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student with background in semiconductor physics and materials science. You have a University degree in physics, materials science, electrical engineering, or similar field with experience in semiconductor physics or materials science. The experimental nature of the work requires very high level of experimental skills to operate sophisticated machines, analytical mindset for interpreting measured data and perform designer’s experiments for innovation. You are a team player and your strengths include taking personal responsibility, high motivation for innovation, excellence and flexibility to work and deliver results. Knowledge of German is beneficial but not mandatory.

We offer an international, highly stimulating research environment with excellent infrastructure and broad interdisciplinary surroundings with plenty of possibilities for personal and professional development. You will work on important and promising solutions to the global energy problem in an international environment.

For further information about the position please contact Dr. Stephan Buecheler, stephan.buecheler@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s207  and Empa-Video

We look forward to receiving your online application until March 31, 2018 including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas with transcripts and contact details of two referees. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

Empa, Jolanda Müller, Human Resources, Überlandstrasse 129, 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland.