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PhD position on Ultimate efficiency nanowire solar cell

We are looking for a PhD student on Ultimate efficiency nanowire solar cell

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de Rondom, Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur


This project aims to approach 46.7% ultimate efficiency limit of a solar cell by using nanophotonic engineering. Based upon our recent papers (Nano Lett 16, 6467 (2016), ACS Nano 10, 11414 (2016)), we will investigate tapered nanowire arrays. We intend to optimize the internal radiative efficiency by using proper surface passivation. The next challenge is to optimize the light extraction efficiency by optimizing nanowire tapering. Starting from our present 17.8% world-record nanowire solar cell, it is our objective to closely approach the 33.7% Shockley Queisser limit. The final challenge is to try to beat the Shockley Queisser limit by nanophotonic engineering.

The selected candidate will perform groundbreaking applied research towards very high efficiency nanowire solar cells.

The PhD student will specialize on the MOVPE growth of III/V nanowire arrays within the NanoLab@TU/e cleanroom. This student will focus on core/shell growth and nanowire tapering. The student will also be responsible for processing into advanced nanowire solar cells. This part of the project is performed in close collaboration with Prof. Erik Bakkers.

The work will be performed in the Advanced Nanomaterials and Devices group at the Eindhoven University of technology (TU/e). This group has a leading international position in the area of nanowire growth, and is part of the Institute for Photonic Integration at TU/e.


We seek a highly talented, enthusiastic, and exceptionally motivated candidate with an MSc degree in Physics. Interest in materials science, solid-state physics and/or cleanroom experience is highly desirable. The candidate must have strong communication skills, including fluency in written and spoken English.

We will only consider candidates with excellent marks and a strong CV. As a rule of thumb, candidates should have an average mark being 'very good' or 'excellent' for relevant courses and their experimental work. Moreover, the experimental work should be at the level of the leading European universities.


We offer
  • A challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university
  • Full-time temporary appointment for 4 years
  • A gross salary per month of € 2222,- (first year) as a PhD up to € 2840,- (final year).
  • TU/e offers moreover an excellent package of fringe benefits (annual holiday allowance and end of year allowance, excellent technical infrastructure, the possibility of child care, reimbursement for moving costs, excellent sports facilities, and assistance in finding accommodation.
  • Additionele informatie

    Information can be obtained from dr. Jos Haverkort Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) Dept. of Applied Physics P.O.Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven The Netherlands +31 (0)40 247 4205 https://www.tue.nl/universiteit/faculteiten/technische-natuurkunde/studeren/applied-physics-graduate-program/phd-program-applied-physics/research-groups-functional-materials/fotonica-en-halfgeleider-nanofysica-psn/

    Applications If interested, please use 'apply now'-button at the top of this page. You should upload the following:
  • a cover letter explaining your motivation, background and qualifications for the position;
  • a detailed Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications);
  • contact information of two references.
  • copies of diplomas and a list of your courses taken and grades obtained.

  • Please keep in mind; you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each!