2 Predoctoral positions No-Limit project (Consolidator Grant, European Research Council)

The post is available as part of the No-LIMIT European Research Council Consolidator Grant project.
The objective of the project is boosting photovoltaic performance by the synergistic interaction of halide perovskites and semiconductor quantum dots. Photovoltaic conversion has the extraordinary property of transforming the solar energy directly into electric power. However, the available electrical power is known to be severely limited by the so-called Shockley-Queisser (SQ) photoconversion limit. The maximum efficiency for a single absorber is limited as photons with energy lower than the bandgap (BG) cannot be absorbed, and just an energy equivalent to the BG can be used for photons with higher energy than the BG, due to thermalization. No-LIMIT will exploit the interaction between halide perovskite and semiconductor colloidal quantum dots and the resulting synergies to break the SQ limit. The achievement of this ambitious final objective, together with the intermediate steps, will have a colossal impact on photovoltaics.
The project is coordinated by Dr. Iván Mora Seró. Please, check Research Division 4 Physics at INAM.

PhD student 1
The Ph.D. student will develop a theoretical work on the characterization of perovskite and colloidal quantum dots, their interaction and interface. No-LIMIT plans a theoretical analysis at various levels including fist principle computational methods, as Density Functional Theory (DFT) and k·p method for the analysis of embedded QDs will be carried out. The candidate will require excellent results obtained during the studies graduated, especially on Quantum Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Solid State Physics and Mathematics and good computer skills (programming in fortran, matlab and/or mathematica is an added value). This work will allow the PhD student to defend a Doctoral Thesis at the end of her/his contract.

PhD student 2:
The Ph.D. student will develop an experiemental work. Experience with some of the preparation and characterization techniques above described for the postdoc profile will be important. This work will allow the Ph.D student to defend a Doctoral Thesis at the end of her/his contract.

General skills and characteristics for both PhD. are:

• Strongly motivated to develop a scientific research career.
• Excellent results obtained during the studies graduated.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Fluent in English.

Deadline date: 
Sunday, April 30, 2017PDF icon Additional information

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