Postdoctoral Fellow in Silicon Photovoltaics

Canberra, Australia
28 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
05 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level B
Salary package: $96,087 - $109,181 per annum  plus 17% superannuation
Terms: Full time, Fixed term (2-3 years)

  • Join a world-leading photovoltaics research group
  • Contribute to the development of advanced silicon solar cells
  • Opportunities for industry engagement and international collaboration

Position overview

The Research School of Engineering at The Australian National University is recognised as a world leader in engineering research. One of our key research strengths is in solar energy, which includes over 80 academics, staff and graduate students covering various aspects of photovoltaics, solar thermal energy, and energy systems research (see for more information). The photovoltaics laboratory is a multi-million dollar facility housing state-of-the-art equipment for the complete fabrication and characterisation of crystalline silicon solar cells.

We are currently seeking multiple outstanding Postdoctoral Fellows to join our research activities in crystalline silicon solar cells, under the supervision of Professor Daniel Macdonald. Applicants should have a relevant PhD in engineering, materials science or physics, with experience in silicon solar cells or semiconductor materials/device research. These positions will involve collaboration with other research institutes and industry partners, and are supported through several projects funded primarily by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

We wish to make up to four appointments, one in each of the four areas listed below. Applicants should indicate which one (or more) of these positions they are applying for, and should demonstrate relevant research experience in that area.

  • Novel passivated contacts for silicon solar cells – Perform independent and team-based research on the development and characterisation of novel carrier-selective passivated contacts for solar cells, for example using transition metal oxides. The role will include the design, modelling and fabrication of high efficiency laboratory silicon solar cells using such contacts. This position will be jointly supervised by Dr Yimao Wan.
  • Advanced characterisation of silicon materials and solar cells – Perform independent and team-based research on the development and application of advanced characterisation methods for silicon wafers and solar cells, using techniques such as photoluminescence, electron microscopy, and other relevant electro-optical techniques. Applications relate to characterising bulk and surface defects, doped regions, and deposited layers in silicon wafers and solar cells.
  • Advanced industrial silicon solar cells – Perform independent and team-based research on the fabrication and characterisation of industrially-relevant silicon solar cells, in close collaboration with our industry partner Jinko Solar. The focus will be on characterising and improving cast p-type and n-type multicrystalline silicon materials, and the development and fabrication of advanced industrial solar cells using doped poly-silicon passivating contacts.
  • Hydrogenation of defects in silicon – Perform independent and team-based research on understanding and optimising hydrogen passivation of bulk defects in silicon solar cells, through experimental work and advanced modelling. The focus will be on the hydrogenation of key defects in a range of silicon materials for photovoltaics, such as the boron-oxygen defect, light and elevated temperature induced degradation, and grain boundaries and dislocations.

The appointments will be initially for 2-3 years, with prospects for extensions. For further information about these positions, please contact Professor Daniel Macdonald, E: T: +61 (0)2 6125 2973.

Closing date: 5 March 2018

Position description:  CECS Academic Level B T&R Position Description ARENA post-docs.rtf

The ANU offers flexible work conditions and generous remuneration benefits, including four weeks paid vacation per year, assistance with relocation expenses, and a 17% employer contribution to superannuation.

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant on

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

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