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PhD student in Physical Chemistry with focus on dye-modified perovskite solar cells

published date : Feb, 12th 2023
Deadline date : Mar, 14th 2023
Country : Sweden
Position : PhD Student
Department : Department of Chemistry - Ångström



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PhD student in Physical Chemistry with focus on dye-modified perovskite solar cells

Reference No.: UFV-PA 2023/512


Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Their ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Its is one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces with  over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion 

The Department of Chemistry - Ångström  conducts research and education in the chemistry field. With  more than 250 employees and a turnover of 250 million SEK  the department with its six programs, conducts very successful research of a high international standard by a large number of externally funded research projects, often with international cooperation. The department has education assignments in engineering programs and master's programs, too

The recruitment of this PhD Student position is connected to the Wallenberg Initiative Materials Science for Sustainability (WISE), the largest-ever investment in materials science in Sweden and will encompass major efforts at Sweden’s foremost universities over the course of 10 years. 

All early-stage researchers recruited into the WISE program will be a part of the WISE Graduate School, an ambitious nationwide program of seminars, courses, research visits, and other activities to promote a strong multi-disciplinary and international network between PhD students, postdocs, researchers, and industry.


  • devote yourself  to your research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses.
  • The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%)
  • The PhD student should design, plan, perform the experimental work, as well as critically analyze and discuss the results, initially with close guidance by the supervisor.
  • The PhD student will synthesize and investigate perovskite solar cells, which will be modified with dye molecules.
  • Molecular modification of interfaces in perovskite opto-electronic devices can significantly improve their performance. In this project, dye molecules are used for such modification, which can further improve their performance and stability, and will allow us to study several fundamental aspects of these devices in more detail.
  • The PhD student will prepare perovskite solar cells in different configurations by wet-chemical deposition methods. Selected interfaces are modified with suitable dye molecules. Interfaces and complete devices will be studied using advanced spectroscopies and opto-electrical measurements.
  • As the PhD student develops they are expected to become more independent in taking the initiative and planning the research. The student is expected to participate actively in WISE workshops and to present their results at scientific conferences as well as in scientific peer-reviewed journals.


To meet the entry requirements for doctoral studies, you must

  • have been awarded a second-cycle qualification in chemistry (or related subject) and possess a good understanding of physical chemistry, or
  • have satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or has acquired essentially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad
  • have very good oral and written proficiency in English.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

Additional qualifications

Previous experience with solar cell research, thin film deposition and optical spectroscopies is desirable.

The application must contain:

  • A short letter describing your background as well as why you are good match to this position.
  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Copy of bachelor exam and transcript of study records
  • Copy of master exam and transcript of study records
  • List of publications including master’s thesis
  • Contact information to at least two references 

How to apply

Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.
Do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services
Please submit your application by March 14th 2023, UFV-PA 2023/512.

About the employment

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 101006715

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