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PhD Position on Computational Modelling of Perovskite Solar Cells

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position at Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands. Applications will be evaluated immediately.

TU Eindhoven (TU/e) is a mid-size technical university located in the heart of the high-tech industry in the Netherlands, named the Brainport region. Eindhoven is the fifth largest city in the Netherlands, and including suburbs it has about 420,000 inhabitants. TU/e is a highly ranked university both in research and education. Our training and research programs are highly regarded and we foster close relationships with companies, organizations and research institutes in the Brainport region and beyond.Fundamental and applied research are equally valued here. The high rank of the TU/e is due to the impact of its scientific research and also to its scientific copublications with industry. TU/e is a social and inspiring university with a fine culture. You will quickly feel at home, surrounded by people who share your scientific ambitions. The TU/e currently has nine departments, with over 11,000 students in total.

Perovskite solar cells have established their place as one of the most exciting solar cell technologies currently under investigation. The efficiency of solar cells based on perovskites has rapidly increased from an initial promising value of 9% in 2012 to over 23%, making this the fastest-advancing solar cell technology. The impressive increase in efficiency has led to an enormous surge in interest. Despite the great potential, perovskite solar cell technology is still in the early stages of commercialization because of long term stability issues. Since the materials and device fabrication are still relatively new, there is a lot room for further research towards increasing efficiency and stability, prolonging lifetime.

The Computational Materials Physics group of Dr. Shuxia Tao at Centre for Computational Energy Research (CCER), at Technology University of Eindhoven is offering a 4 year PhD position for a talented and motivated researcher with a strong interest in computational materials sciences and affinity with computational method and software development.

The research is supported by NWO START-UP grant “finding the small ions in perovskite solar cells". The PhD candidate (together with a postdoc researcher) is expected to develop an efficient DFT method, Density Functional Tight Binding (DFTB) for metal halide perovskites to study the mysterious role of the small inorganic cation and small halide anions in improving the stability of perovskite solar cells.The candidate will intensively interact with other computational scientists at CCER and experimental researchers (at TU/e and international institutes) as well as software engineers from Software for Chemistry and Materials (Amsterdam, the Netherlands).

If you are interested in this position, please send in your CV, a personal motivation letter describing why you want the job (max 1 page), a list of relevant courses you followed, the grades you obtained, and digital copy your master thesis. You can send them in by clicking on the button “Solliciteer op deze vacature / Apply for this job”.

We do not respond to applications that are sent to us in a different way. Applications without a motivation letter will not be taken into consideration.

Further information can be obtained from Dr. Shuxia Tao at s.x.tao[@]tue.nl.

Information about the employment conditions can be found here: https://www.tue.nl/en/careers/working-conditions/ Acquisition as a result of this advertisement is not appreciated.

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