30/08/2021

R&D Process Engineer - Perovskite Modules

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Institut Photovoltaïque d'Ile-de-France (IPVF)
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    PhysicsApplied physics
    TechnologyEnergy technology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    31/01/2022 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    France › Palaiseau
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    39
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/02/2022

OFFER DESCRIPTION

IPVF IN BRIEF

 

Become an actor of the Energy Transition by joining a team driven by innovation and impact to address today’s most decisive challenges.

IPVF - Institut Photovoltaïque d’Île-de-France, is a global Research, Innovation and Education center, which mission is to accelerate energy transition through science & technology.

Gathering industrial PV leaders (EDF, TotalEnergies, Air Liquide, Horiba and Riber) and world-renowned academic research organizations (CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique), multi-disciplinary and international IPVF teams conduct research for clean energy technologies. Supported by the French State, IPVF is labelled Institute for Energy Transition (ITE).

 

IPVF at a glance:

• An ambitious Scientific and Technological Program (6 programs divided in 24 work packages): from tandem solar cell technologies to economy & market assessment, state-of-the art characterization, photocatalysis and breakthrough concepts.

• A state-of-the-art technological platform (8,000m²): more than 100 cutting-edge equipments worth €30M, located in cleanrooms (advanced characterization, materials deposition, prototypes for fabrication, modelling…).

• A high-standard Education program (M.S. and PhD students).

 

 

 

JOB CONTEXT

 

Renewable energies constitute a growing part of the energy mix worldwide. In the past few years, photovoltaics have seen an impressive increase in installed capacity, strongly supported by R&D centers.

The efficiency of the silicon technology – that represents 90 % of the market – comes closer and closer to its theoretical limit (c.a. 29%). In order to further improve the photovoltaic (PV) conversion efficiency significantly, technological breakthroughs are needed. A promising pathway towards higher efficiencies is to combine the crystalline silicon solar cells with a material that converts more efficiently the most energetic part of the solar spectrum (i.e. UV-visible region). This technology, called tandem solar cell, consists in stacking two difference systems to push the theoretical efficiency limit from 29% up to 42%.

Among the different materials available to fabricate the top cell of the tandem device, hybrid perovskites are particularly promising candidates. These materials have been recently applied to PV with a first proof of concept in 2009. Since then, a massive worldwide research effort has allowed to reach, in ten years only, efficiencies up to 25.5% in single junction and up to 29.5% in tandem with silicon.

In this context, IPVF has fabricated a 20% perovskite solar cell with a gap of 1.6 eV and developed perovskite modules with efficiency of 16%. These impressive performances have been obtained on small-scale surface cells and the tendency is now to develop up-scalable processes.

 

IPVF is now looking for a R&D Process Engineer to join its talented team (ca. 20 people) to work on the optimization of the perovskite modules fabrication, while maintaining a high process quality to ensure reproducibility during modules production.

The candidate will benefit from a multidisciplinary environment, IPVF expertise and have access to IPVF unique capabilities.

 

More information on IPVF Research Program involving this position:

https://www.ipvf.fr/jean-rousset-introducing-ipvf-programme-2-perovskite...

 

Website: https://www.ipvf.fr

 

 

 

MAIN MISSIONS

 

The candidate will directly report to the Programs Deputy Director of IPVF and will integrate a dynamic and talented team driven by innovation and results.

 

Her/his main missions will consist in:

 

Fabrication and characterization of perovskite modules

- Optimization of the perovskite module scribing process (laser and/or mechanical scribing).

- Assessment of the modules performances: efficiency monitoring, impact of the interconnections, encapsulation evolution…

- Development of large-scale (>100cm²) modules.

- Conduct electrical and optical characterization: SEM, EL, TLM, profilometry, wide-field PL…

- Ensure the quality and repeatability of the process for modules productions.

- Investigate innovative interconnection methods.

 

Optimization of semi-transparent modules

- Development of semi-transparent electrodes (growth and optimization of TCO layers, buffer layers, ARC, integration to perovskite modules).

- Opto-electronic characterizations.

- Optical modeling.

- Monitoring of semi-transparent modules performances.

- Production of modules for tandem solar cells fabrication.

 

Technical support

- In charge of equipments (troubleshooting, trainings…).

- Work in close collaboration with both the Reliability and Prototyping teams to contribute to tandem solar cells improvements.

 

 

 

PROFILE

 

Knowledge

  • Materials science.
  • Physics of semiconductors.
  • Thin films.

 

 

Know-how

  • Hands-on experience in cleanrooms.
  • Previous experience in photovoltaics device fabrication and characterization is a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience in reactive sputtering and laser scribing is a plus.
  • Knowledge of modeling (e.g. MATLAB) is an asset.

 

 

Self-management skills

  • Desire to work in the labs.
  • Curious, enterprising and creative.
  • Autonomous.
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) skills.
  • Collaboration with cross-functional and diverse teams.

 

 

CONTACT

 

Cover letter and résumé to be sent to:

 

 

Function: R&D Engineer

Contract type: COD

Starting date: ASAP

Working place: Palaiseau, France (technology cluster, Paris area)

Duration: 36 months

Education: PhD in Materials Science, Physics of Semiconductor or related

More Information

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Physics: PhD or equivalent
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Institut Photovoltaïque d'Ile-de-France (IPVF)
France
Palaiseau
91120
18 Boulevard Thomas Gobert

EURAXESS offer ID: 677593

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