Research Fellow in Thin Film Solar Cells

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
£35,844 - £40,322
Apr 27, 2021
End of advertisement period
May 25, 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Applications are invited for a 18 months postdoctoral research position starting at 01 September 2021, in the area of Thin Film Solar Cells. The  successful candidate will work closely with research partners at the Middle East Technical University, Turkey to develop back contact assessing techniques and deploy new back contact electrodes for solution-processed thin film solar cells. This position is funded by a grant from Newton Fund Institutional Links Grant of “Ultralight Absorber for Remote Energy Source (U-AREs)” and the project focuses on developing and demonstrating the potential of using an ultralight photovoltaic (PV) absorber for access to indoor/outdoor remote distributed energy. You will work primarily with Dr Yongtao Qu (PI of the grant).

You will initiate, develop and conduct high-quality research in support of the project. The project will require the ideal candidate to have a good multidisciplinary experimental skills in nanomaterial wet fabrication, characterisation and semiconductor engineering for thin film PV applications. Experience in computational tools to simulate thin film solar cell devices would also be beneficial.

For informal enquiries about this post please contact Dr Yongtao Qu on

The successful candidate will join the Northumbria Photovoltaics (NUPV) research group. Further details about the research group can be found here:

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now', and submit a covering letter, CV including research /education statements, and grants and publications list. Please highlight your highest quality research outputs (please indicate a rank from 1 to 4) up to a maximum of 4, since 2017.  In addition, candidates are asked to provide copies of the top 2 research outputs (Journal / book chapter /practice-based portfolio). Where possible candidates are asked to combine all of these documents into a single file. 

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of all our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

We welcome applications from the UK and across the world.Visit our web pages for details about the Information and Support for International Colleagues. 

Please note this vacancy will close on 25/05/2021