Postdoctoral Fellow in Photovoltaics

Randwick, Australia
24 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
10 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The UNSW School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE) is one of the nine schools within the Faculty of Engineering at UNSW. SPREE grew out of the Australian Research Council Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence in response to the growing industry of renewable energy. Building on world-leading research, including holding the record for the most efficient silicon solar cell for over two decades, the School attracts leading international researchers in the area of photovoltaics.

About the role

  • $101K - $119K pro rata, plus 17% superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term 3 years
  • Part-time (24.5 hours per week)

This Postdoctoral Fellow position (Level B) is funded by the new Global Innovations Linkages grant awarded entitled “Advanced manufacturing of silicon solar cells incorporating cutting-edge hydrogenation technology”.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will work in conjunction with the Cis (Chief Investigators) to achieve the project goals of:

  1. Developing innovative and highly automated, high throughput advanced manufacturing equipment to: eliminate recombination in silicon solar cells using hydrogen passivation with charge state control to achieve the highest efficiencies possible;
  2. Relaxing the requirements of silicon wafer purity such that cheaper wafer costs can be achieved, and emerging new Si growth and wafering techniques can be utilised in solar cell production;
  3. Eliminating light-induced degradation (LID) in Cz, HP mc-Si and new wafer types; and
  4. Manufacturing PV modules with “self-repairing” characteristics.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for managing, conducting and co-ordinating core research activities as well as industry collaborative research with one or more of the industry partners.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Postgraduate (PhD) degree in Photovoltaics;
  • Proven research and publication track record in a relevant field;
  • Expertise and practical experience in:
  • light-induced degradation, particularly in multi-crystalline silicon solar cells;
  • the negative impacts that hydrogen can have on silicon solar cell operation
  • solar cell characterisation and modelling
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in software development and programming;
  • Experience in analysis using luminescence imaging including processing techniques such as point-spread function deconvolution and image registration;
  • Expertise in laser operation and processing, preferably with Level 2 Laser Safety Officer Training;
  • Experience working with industrial equipment, particularly in relation to the implementation of advanced hydrogen passivation technologies and their use in solving light-induced degradation in silicon solar cells;
  • Experience with commercialisation of solar cell technologies, such as through being an inventor on relevant patents, conducting technology transfers and/or assisting companies with technology optimisation;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a diverse research team, with peers, superiors and industry partners.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.


Dr Catherine Chan


Applications close: 10 December 2017

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