Vacancy No. 33-2019

33-2019-IMT PhD Positions on Perovskite-Based Tandem Photovoltaics

Job description

The rise of perovskite thin-film solar cells in recent years has opened up an exciting route to advance the power conversion efficiency of established photovoltaic technologies. For the first time, a wide bandgap thin-film PV technology is available at low cost that can be combined with established low bandgap semiconductors, such as crystalline Si and CIGS thin-films, in a multijunction module architecture with the potential of surpassing the efficiencies of 30%. However, to date several key scientific and technological challenges still need to be overcome to harvest this potential. At KIT, we engage in this worldwide endeavour and research the fundamentals, novel materials and processes for perovskite multijunction photovoltaics.

The thesis will be conducted within the perovskite PV taskforce at KIT, which combines the expertise and equipment of several research groups at KIT. For the fabrication and prototyping of solution-processed perovskite solar cells a broad fabrication and characterization platform will be accessible via the involved institutes, the Light Technology Institute (LTI) and the Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT). The scientific results will be published in peer-reviewed international journals and presented at international conferences. The thorough supervision and close collaboration within an interdisciplinary team will support the PhD candidate.

Personal qualification

Applications of highly motivated and excellent candidates with a M.Sc. degree in Physics, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering or related subjects are welcome. The ideal candidate would have prior experience in photovoltaics, solution-processed optoelectronics and/or device characterization.
For the application please provide the following documents in electronic form:
– Motivation letter (1 page max.)
– CV
– Transcript of records / MSc diploma
– Letter of recommendation

Organizational unit

Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT)

Starting date

as soon as possible

Contract duration

limited to 3 years

Application up to


Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Dr. Ulrich W. Paetzold, e-mail



Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number 33-2019.
Personnel support is provided by 

Ms Gätcke
phone: +49 721 608-25010,

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

If qualified, severely disabled persons will be preferred.