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Research Engineer - III-V and MBE operation

Institut Photovoltaïque d'Ile-de-France (IPVF)
20/07/2022

Job Information

Organisation/Company
Institut Photovoltaïque d'Ile-de-France (IPVF)
Research Field
Engineering
Engineering » Materials engineering
Researcher Profile
Established Researcher (R3)
Recognised Researcher (R2)
Country
France
Application Deadline
Type of Contract
Temporary
Job Status
Full-time
Hours Per Week
39
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?
No

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

 

IPVF is looking for a Research Engineer to work on III-V solar cells for high-efficiency and low-cost photovoltaics. The project will be carried out in close collaboration with the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies (C2N-CNRS, SUNLIT team).

Attached to the III-V on Silicon tandem program (https://www.ipvf.fr/stephane-collin-introducing-ipvf-programme-3-low-cos...), the engineer will be in charge of the MBE platform and will also be involved in the research work of the III-V project.

Our team has recently demonstrated ultrathin (200 nm) GaAs solar cells with a record efficiency of nearly 20% using efficient light trapping, in collaboration with Fraunhofer ISE (published in Nature Energy, 2019, https://www.nature.com/articles/s41560-019-0434-y). We have also developed state-of-the-art, wide-bandgap (1.7-1.8eV) solar cells made of AlGaAs for integration in III-V/Si tandem solar cells (https://doi.org/10.1002/pip.3249), and we have recorded important advances in nanowire-based solar cells (https://sunlit-team.eu/news/advances-in-nanowires-for-pv/). These results have opened new opportunities for the development of low-cost and high-efficiency photovoltaics based on tandem III-V/Si architectures and advanced concepts (hot-carrier solar cells in particular).

The candidate will benefit from a multidisciplinary environment, IPVF expertise and have access to IPVF and C2N unique capabilities. He will directly report to the Programs Deputy Director of IPVF and will integrate a dynamic and talented team driven by innovation and results.

 

Websites: https://www.ipvf.fr, https://www.c2n.universite-paris-saclay.fr, http://sunlit-team.eu/

 

Starting date: ASAP

Contract: 36 months

 

 

MAIN MISSIONS

 

The Engineer in position will participate in the research work of the program, he will ensure:

- a support on the different projects using MBE,

- involvement in the III-V planar workpackages,

- involvement in III-V layer transfer tasks,

- training on III-V cell manufacturing processes, when needed,

- optimization of MBE and growth processes,

- fabrication of III-V layers and devices.

 

She/He will also be in charge of the MBE platform, the tasks will consist of:

- plan, follow and perform the maintenance of the MBE

- set up systematic growth procedures for the different users

- set up a systematic monitoring of the performance of the framework (through regular measurement of KPIs to be determined with the users)

- maintain a body of documentation (risk analysis, operating instructions) and technical monitoring of the equipment (workbooks, monitoring of indicators)

- training of new epitaxial processors

- propose equipment upgrades and safety improvements.

- purchasing supplies and monitoring stocks, especially sources and substrates.

 

 

CONTACT

Cover letter and résumé to be sent both to:

Requirements

Research Field
Engineering
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent
Skills/Qualifications

KNOWLEDGE

  • PhD degree in Material science and/or Electrical Engineering
  • Photovoltaic technology
  • Solar device physics

 

 

KNOW-HOW

  • III-V
  • MBE
  • Strong cooperation and communication skills
  • Enthusiastic to work in a team of diverse and international colleagues

 

 

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.

Additional Information

Work Location(s)

Number of offers available
1
Company/Institute
Institut Photovoltaïque d'Ile-de-France (IPVF)
Country
France
City
Palaiseau
Postal Code
91120
Street
18 Boulevard Thomas Gobert
Geofield

Where to apply

E-mail
stephane.collin@c2n.upsaclay.fr

Contact

City
Palaiseau
Website
Street
18 Boulevard Thomas Gobert
Postal Code
91120