Postdoctoral Researcher/Scientist | Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)

Date Posted: 
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Position Location: 
Karlsruhe, Germany
Job Description: 

Simulation and Fabrication of Nanostructured Inorganic Solar Cells
(Reference Nr. 470/2014)
Job Description:
The “Nanophotonics for Energy” department was established at KIT in April 2014 within the Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT) and the Light Technology Institute (LTI). We have access to all of the state-of-the art research facilities within the National Research Centre of the Helmholtz Association. We are currently looking to employ a post-doctoral researcher to establish a research group within the department based around “Simulation and Fabrication of Nanostructured Silicon Solar Cells”. This field of research covers encompasses all of:
•Finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) modelling of silicon and other high refractive index (n)material nanostructures, including 2D- and 3D photonic crystals (PhC) as well as plasmonics;
•Fabrication of 2D- and 3D PhC and plasmonic structures using lithographic and self-assembledtechniques;
•Doped and intrinsic silicon thin film deposition achieved via low pressure chemical vapourdeposition (LPCVD), other high-n materials deposited via atomic layer deposition (ALD) and sol-gel techniques;
•Photovoltaic (PV) device design, junction formation, contacting;
•Electronic and electrical characterisation of semiconductor materials, doping, junctions, anddevices;
•Design and fabrication of nanostructures to be compatible with spectral conversion processessuch as up-conversion (UC) and down-conversion (DC).
Generally, this entails the planning and execution of research projects, set-up of required equipment, as well as establishing the relevant simulations and characterisation techniques. In addition, cooperation with internal and external partners, in depth analysis, publication in peer-reviewed high-impact journals as well as student supervision are part of the responsibilities.
Contribution to teaching within the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology will be possible. Research funding is sought from national and international funding bodies. The position described here is not bound to a particular project and hence provides excellent possibilities for the career development of a creative, independent and ambitious researcher.
Qualifications: PhD in Physics/Electrical Engineering or equivalent
You have completed a PhD and demonstrated independent research skills through publication in peer reviewed international journals, giving oral presentations at international conferences, and have experience with the preparation of research funding proposals. Experience with FDTD modelling, photonic crystals, PV device based simulations, fabrication of nanostructures, and silicon thin film solar cell fabrication, electronic materials and electrical characterisation will serve as a good foundation to the position.
Affiliation: KIT – Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT) – Nanophotonics for Energy
c/o KIT Campus North
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany
Deadline: Applications will close 26 September 2014 (enquiries welcome until filled)
Duration: Initially one year with the possibility to extend
Salary: Remuneration shall be based on the Collective Agreement for the Public Service Sector.
Start Date: As soon as possible

Contact: Prof. Dr. Bryce S. Richards, Tel: +49(0)721/608-26562, Email:
Professor of Nanophotonics for Energy - Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Co-Director of both Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT) and Light Technology Institute (LTI)
Applications: Please send applications with: i) CV, ii) publication list, iii) academic transcripts, iv) degree certificates, v) contact details for three references, and a vi) detailed research plan.
The official job advertisement (in German) can be found at:


Please send applications with i) CV, ii) publication list, iii) academic transcripts, iv) degree certificates, v) contact details for three references and vi) a detailed research plan to Bryce S. Richards at