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CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Tandem Perovskite Solar Cells

Date: 08-Jun-2021

Location: Newcastle, NSW, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity


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  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation! 


CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.


CSIRO Energy has established the National Solar Energy Centre (NSEC) in Newcastle to conduct world class research and development in solar processes, components and photovoltaics. Our Solar Energy Technologies Group now welcomes a self-motivated and innovative Postdoctoral Fellow from a physical chemistry, chemistry, physics, engineering or materials science background wanting to join an exciting, interdisciplinary team in the priority area of Perovskite semiconductors in the emerging area of multi-junction or tandem solar cells.


In this Postdoctoral Fellow role, you will explore deposition technique / reagent-material / film-thickness parameters and target optimisation of the top-cell in a tandem device by systematically investigating the conditions for depositing a conformal perovskite coating on a complementary semiconductor bottom-cell. Realisation of an effective tandem structure will require the Fellow to innovate in investigation, identification and mitigation of energetic loss mechanisms at the electrode interfaces. Careful design, screening and optimisation of conformal coatings will significantly improve the perovskite top-cell device performance and consequently the overall multi-junction cell.

Your duties will include:

  • Plan and carry out research that contributes and expands on existing photovoltaic research within the Solar Technologies Group.
  • Design, implement and conduct research in the fabrication and characterisation of perovskite-silicon or related semiconductor photovoltaic devices.
  • Research and develop new device designs, fabrication processes and characterisation methods for the fundamental understanding of photovoltaic function as it applies to cell performance of perovskite semiconductors incorporated in tandem device architectures.
  • Undertake regular reviews of relevant literature and patents.


Location:   Newcastle, NSW

Salary:   AU$88k - AU$96k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:   Specified term of 3 years

Reference:   74518

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Physics or Engineering relevant to Photovoltaics. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Detailed fundamental knowledge of physical chemistry and solid-state physics as it relates to photovoltaic function.
  • A sound understanding of the fundamental issues and present challenges relating to the operation of tandem photovoltaic devices and the development of new architectures for such photovoltaic technologies;
  • Enthusiasm for and experience with laboratory work including fabrication of devices and the physical, chemical and electrochemical measurement of new photovoltaic devices – particularly perovskite solar cells, perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells or other related thin-film technologies.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

12 July 2021, 11:00pm AEST