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Department of Materials Science and Engineering


A PhD fellowship on silicon nitride crucibles for high quality silicon solar cells is offered at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

The most common commercial solar cells are made from silicon ingots, which are typically grown in crucibles made of quartz. Because quartz is one of the largest sources of oxygen contamination in the final silicon ingot, this project aims to investigate a new type of crucible. In the project, we want to study this new type of crucible made if silicon nitride and investigate its properties as well as its role on the final ingots quality and solar cells. The candidate will be involved in the characterization of the ingots and solar cells quality, in collaboration with SINTEF, IFE and industrial partners. Finally, the materials performance and costs will be evaluated.

The project is within a large national project, KPN-CruGenSi, which includes NTNU, SINTEF, IFE, REC Solar, REC Silicon, The Quartz Corp, Steuler and Vesuvius. Therefore, the candidate will work in a dynamic research team and in collaboration with industry.

Upon completion of the PhD degree, the candidate is expected to be well qualified for a career in both academia and industry. Most of the experimental work will be performed at NTNU, while the advanced characterization work will be performed at IFE. The candidate will be also encouraged to spend some time abroad. Applicants should have a MSc degree in materials science and engineering, physics or chemistry. Candidates with background (either master thesis or industrial experience) on ceramics and/or solar cell silicon materials are preferred. Female candidates are encouraged to apply for this position.

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 PhD candidates and researchers in the field.

Detailed information on our PhD programs can be found at: http://www.ntnu.no/nt/english/phd
The regulations for PhD programs at NTNU state that the applicant must have a master's degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies and an average grade of A or B within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best). Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree:

Applicants must agree to participate in organized doctoral study programs within the period of the appointment. A contract will be drawn up regarding the period of appointment and work related duties.

The appointment of the PhD will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. The appointment has a duration of 3 years with the possibility of 1 year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department. (To undertake the teaching duties it is a requirement that the candidate speaks Norwegian or another Scandinavian language.)

The position as PhD is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

For more information about the position please contact: Associate Professor Marisa Di Sabatino, e-mail: marisa.di.sabatino@ntnu.no Information about the NTNU department and the NTNU research group can be found online: http://www.ntnu.edu/mse

The application should contain:
• CV including certificates from Bachelor and Master 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-75/17.

Application deadline is May 29, 2017.



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