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Department of Materials Science and Engineering



Monocrystalline silicon solar cells are among the most used types of commercial solar cells. This project is dedicated to the investigation of the monocrystalline silicon ingots (from which the solar cells are made from). These ingots are grown by the so-called Czochralski process, which allows to grown a nearly-perfect crystal. However, during the process, instabilities may occur which enable the presence of particles, gas bubbles etc at the solid/liquid interface. These may be the primary cause for the loss of the monocrystalline structure and is a major problem for the industry. In this project we will deeply investigate the mechanisms and origin(s) of structure loss. The project is within a large national project, the Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (CEER), which includes the Norwegian PV industry, NTNU, SINTEF, UiO, UiA and NMBU. Therefore, the candidate will work in a dynamic research team.

Most of the experimental and theoretical work will be performed at NTNU. However, the candidate will be encouraged to visit the other research partners within the consortium. Applicants should have a PhD degree in materials science and engineering, physics or chemistry. Candidates with background in both theoretical and experimental approaches are preferred. Candidates with experience in industries relevant for PV will be given priority.

We search a person that is creative and can work independently in a cross-disciplinary environment. The person should have good communication skills and be able to collaborate with other PhDs, Post Doctors, and researchers in the field. The position will be available from April 1st, 2017, or as soon as the selected candidate can start.

The appointment of the Post Doctor will be for 2 years and will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. The position as postdoctoral researcher is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2 % deduction for superannuation contribution.

The national labour force must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent. NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are encouraged to apply. The position adheres to the Norwegian Government’s policy of equal opportunity regardless of ethnicity, age and gender.

For more information about the position please contact: Associate Professor Marisa di Sabatino, phone number +47 73551205, e-mail: marisa.di.sabatino@material.ntnu.no  

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The application should contain:
• CV including certificates from Bachelor, Master and PhD as well as Reference letters.
• List of publications with bibliographical references.
• Documentation of English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) if English or a Scandinavian language is not the applicant's mother tongue.
• A statement on when the applicant can start in the position if selected.

Applications must be submitted electronically through this page. 
Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

Mark the application with ref.no NV-18/17.

Application deadline is February 27, 2017.

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