Doctoral Candidate (PhD Student) Position in University of Luxembourg

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Designation/Position- Doctoral Candidate (PhD Student) Position

University of Luxembourg invites application for Doctoral Candidate (PhD Student) Position from eligible and interested candidates

About- PACE is a competitive PhD training program for a total of 8 PhD candidates, supported by the research funding scheme PRIDE of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). The PACE doctoral training unit provides structured PhD training in advanced photovoltaic concepts for building highly efficient next generation solar cells.Doctoral Candidate (PhD Student) Position

Opening of1 PhD Student Position in Defect Physics of Semiconductors for Photovoltaic Applications

  • Positions are funded up to 4 years with fixed-term contracts     
  • Start date: September  2019

Research/Job Area- Quantum mechanics, solid-state physics, and computational physics

Location- University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Research group is seeking excellent and highly motivated candidates holding or just finishing a Master’s degree in Physics and a strong background in quantum mechanics, solid-state physics, and computational physics. Fluency in English is mandatory – it is the working language.

Job/Position Description- Candidate H: Defects have a strong influence on the performance of absorber materials for solar cells. The PhD candidate will perform calculations on the spectroscopic signatures of point defects in the thin-film solar cell materials Cu(In,Ga)S2 and Cu(In,Ga)Se2. This will require the use of existing ab-initio codes based on density-functional theory and on many-body perturbation theory. It will also involve the development of “second principles” methods such as tight-binding (fitted to ab-initio methods in small supercells).

This project will be part of the PACE program and will involve close collaboration with experimental groups of the University of Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology. Additional collaborations with groups of the European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility and a secondment in the group of Florian Libisch at the TU-Wien are foreseen as well.  The PACE program includes transferable skill training, support in career development, scientific lectures by international speakers and annual PhD retreats. The PhD candidates will be enrolled at the Doctoral School of Science and Engineering at the University of Luxembourg.

How to Apply- Applications should include a motivation letter, the contact details of two references, a full curriculum vitae and a copy of the relevant diplomas showing marks.

Last Date for Apply– 31 March 2019

Contact – More specific information on this project can be obtained by contacting [email protected]. More information on the  PACE program can be obtained at or from the program coordinator [email protected].

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