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Postdoctoral Researcher / Fellow in Perovskite Solar Cell Research

Camperdown, Australia
$101,507 p.a - $140,586 p.a.
Closing date
21 Jan 2024

Job Details

  • Full time 3 years fixed term, located on the Camperdown Campus at the School of Physics
  • Opportunity to make valuable contributions to research in single junction and tandem solar cells
  • Base salary, Level A, $101,507 p.a - $112,462 p.a. or Level B, $118,390 p.a. - $140,586 p.a. and generous employer's contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher in Perovskite Solar Cell Research (Level A/B) to work within a research group led by Prof. Anita Ho-Baillie - John Hooke Chair of Nanoscience based at the Sydney Nano Hub and the School of Physics at the University of Sydney. The group has advanced research on perovskite single-junction and tandem solar cells with breakthroughs in cell efficiencies and durability for various practical applications. You will be given the opportunity to work collaboratively with a high performing team with increasing capability and capacity expanding research areas to double junctions and triple junctions tandeming perovskites with perovskites, CIGS, OPV and Si for large area cells or modules. Their true sustainability, cost effectiveness and how they are integrated into circularly economy are also of research interests within the group. Learnings in perovskite photovoltiais have also been actively applied to other optoelectronics, photonic devices, dosimeters, storages and electronic devices. Within the group, you will be given the opportunity to expand your research skills and experience and to grow in your career as a a mentee and a mentor, and to expand your research network when liaising with collaborative research partners.

The appointments will be made at either Level A or Level B, dependent on experience and qualifications.

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Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • develop advanced modelling, novel material synthesis, processing, fabrication and manufacturing sequence, advanced characterisation and measuring methods for high performance perovskite devices relevant to commercial applications (terrestrial and space). Additional criteria include sustainability considerations and commercial viabilities
  • develop low-cost encapsulation technologies for devices passing industry standards and qualifications
  • explore new research for furthering scientific understandings, breakthroughs and impact, assist in developing new research proposals and build and expand new research collaboration opportunities
  • assist in intellectual property protection and in liaising with industry partners for technology transfer
  • prepare presentations for disseminating research and manuscripts for publication in high impact scientific journals
  • assist in the supervision of undergraduate, masters and PhD students within Professor Ho-Baillie's group
  • work with other team members on establishing and maintaining best practice protocols for safe and efficient operation of the laboratories within Professor Ho-Baillie's group.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Perovskite Solar Cell Research who has:

  • a PhD (or near completion) in physics, chemistry, photovoltaics, materials science or related science or engineering subjects
  • experience with 3D, 2D, lead free, and inorganic perovskites; perovskite-based tandems, large area solar cells or modules
  • a strong track record of modelling, characterising and demonstrating innovative device designs and reflected by publications in high quality journal publications
  • excellent communication skills with the ability to work dynamically and collaboratively with research group members, research partners, industry partners, suppliers and manufacturers and the ability to meet milestones and deadlines
  • good analytical skills and attention to detail and ability to utilise data analytics and modelling software accordingly.
  • Experience in space solar cells qualification, acceptance standards and tests

To be considered for appointment at Level B, we're looking for evidence of:

  • experience working in a commercial industry setting
  • experience in demonstrating perovskite solar cells with record (certified) efficiencies and/or durability
  • willingness to engage in commercialisation activities talking to potential customers, industry partners, suppliers, manufacturers, and venture capitalists
  • experience in supervising or mentoring others and securing research funding for new research projects.

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Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

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Please note that the University is closed down for our seasonal break from Friday 22 December 2023 returning on Monday 8 January 2024.

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Applications Close

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