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PhD on ALD for metal halide perovskite photovoltaics integrated in windows

PhD on ALD for metal halide perovskite photovoltaics integrated in windows

Applied Physics


Are you inspired by the exciting developments in the field of metal halide perovskite solar cells? Are you our next PhD student, eager to carry out research on the challenge of integrating the metal halide perovskite photovoltaic technology in the built environment, such as windows?
Are you passionate about material science and photovoltaic technologies?

Within this PhD project, you will face the challenge of integrating the cost-effective, high conversion efficiency thin film metal halide perovskite PV technology in the built environment, specifically in windows.

The challenge at material science level is to design and engineer a translucent device where both conversion efficiency and visual comfort are taken into consideration. In this respect, the control on the perovskite absorber morphology is key to the synthesis of neutral-tinted layers, with minimal impact on the spectral properties of the light entering indoor.

This PhD project aims at tuning and controlling the perovskite absorber morphology by synthesizing patterned charge transport layers to promote the selective growth of the perovskite absorber only on the patterned area of the transport layer. To this purpose, atomic layer deposition (ALD) will be selected for the synthesis of either electron transport layers, such as SnO2, or hole transport layers, such as NiO, depending on the perovskite architecture (n-i-p or p-i-n, respectively). This PhD project embraces the full spectrum of research activities, i.e. from fundamental studies on novel materials and interfaces, to more application-oriented work. Also, you will be given the opportunity to work in an international and diverse research environment and to interact and collaborate not only within the Plasma & Materials Processing research group at the Applied Physics department of TU/e, but also with the collaborators at Solliance and industrial partners. Solliance and TU/e have a long-lasting collaboration, where the research in the field of interface engineering by ALD in perovskite solar cells (charge transport layers, passivation layers and transparent conductive oxides) has a prominent role. Besides research, you will also contribute to education within the department.

Next to the supervision of BSc and MSc students in their research projects, other assistance in education, e.g. in bachelor courses, is usually included, approximately counting for 5% of your contract time.


  • A master’s degree (or an equivalent university degree) in (Applied) Physics, Chemistry, Nanotechnologies or Material Science.
  • Expertise in gas phase deposition technologies (CVD, plasma-CVD, ALD), thin film diagnostics. Also, background and experience in photovoltaics is very welcome.
  • A research-oriented attitude and a strong motivation and independence to tackle and complete challenging and multi-disciplinary research.
  • Ability to work in a team and motivated to collaborate with R&D and industrial partners.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English.


  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • A full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation after one year.
  • To support you during your PhD and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will have free access to a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program).
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

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More information

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact Prof.dr. M. (Adriana) Creatore, m.creatore[at]

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We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'sollciteer nu'-button on this page. The application should include a:

  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references.
  • Transcripts of BSc and MSc degrees with courses and grades
  • Digital copies of your BSc and MSc theses.

We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have received it. Screening will continue until the position has been filled.

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