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Postdoc - and Phd Position on Circular recycling in photovoltaics (PV)

published date : Mar, 31st 2023
Deadline date : Apr, 30th 2023
Starting date : It will be negotiated after accepting the job offer
Country : Germany
Position : Postdoc and PhD- Circular recycling in photovoltaics (PV)
Department : IEK-11-Helmholtz Institute Erlangen - Nuremberg
Duration : 2 years post Doc and 3 year Phd Position with possible long-term prospects.
Working time : flexible working aligned with working hours at HI ERN




HI ERN Post Doc Position 


HI ERN PhD Position 



Post Doc and PhD Positions @HI-ERN 

Would you like to contribute to the energy transition

in Germany through your work


Reference No:
External ID Post Doc 2023-110
External ID PhD Pos  2023D-028

Then the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen - Nuremberg (HI ERN) is the right place for you!
HI ERN  (IEK-11) is an institute division of Forschungszentrum Jülich and forms the core of a close partnership between Forschungszentrum Jülich, Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.

HI ERN  vision is to design new PV modules that are easier to recycle, and thus have an improved environmental footprint. This work is part of an ERC project that aims to design, model and realize new PV module architectures that i.) use use materials with improved environmental performance, ii.)equip interfaces with a release mechanism, iii.)use techno-economic and life cycle analysis to project economic and environmental improvement and guide development, iv.) use industrial-grade materials and processes and v.) experimentally demonstrate improved recyclability. 


Your Tasks

The offered positions are assigned yo the newly established topic area of Circular Recycling in PV headed by Dr. Ian Marius Peters) in the department "High Throughput Methods in Photovoltaics". The aim of the work is the development and realization of new PV module concepts with improved recyclability. The research combines modern technologies from automated materials research digitalization and machine learning with the specialized knowledge of Photovoltaics. 

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Fabrication and characterization of perovskite solar cells and modules
  • Disassembly by perovskite solar cells and modules and the processing of the materials obtained
  • Study and evaluation of new materials for the construction of solar modules
  • Carrying out techno-economic, as well as life cycle analysis of the new module concepts
  • Conception and realization of interface concepts with improved separabilty
  • Scientific publication of results in journals as well as participation in symposia, conferences, congresses, etc.


Your Profile

  • Post Doc Position: completed PhD course in the field of material science, physics, chemistry, environmental technology, energy technology or related subjects 
  • PhD  Position: Completed MSc studies in the fields as above
  • Experience in the fabrication and/or characterization of solar cells or solar modules, especially in the area of organic PV or perovskites
  • Knowledge in material characterization and evaluation (XRD, Raman, TRPL, ...)
  • Experience with techno-economic simulations and/or life cycle analysis and/or material flow analysis
  • Experience with conducting and documenting scientific experiments and processing and analyzing data (Python, Origin, Excel,...)
  • Strong communication skills in German and English


Your Benefits at HI-ERN

Hi-ERN works on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! HI_ERN offers ideal conditions for you to conduct your research (Post Doc) and to complete your doctoral degree (PhD Position:

  • International, interdisciplinary working environment on an attractive campus (south campus of the FAU, Erlangen-Nürnberg) including many cooperation opportunities with our partners from science (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Helmholtz Society Berlin, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and abroad) as well as renowned industrial partners.
  • Excellent scientific and technical infrastructure for conducting high-quality research
  • Working in a highly specialised and motivated international team on a topic with a significant future relevance
  • Extensive training opportunities
  • Individual opportunities for personal and professional development
  • Extensive company health management
  • Optimal conditions for work-life balance and family-friendly company policy
  • The opportunity to work flexibly (in terms of location) e.g. in home office
  • 30 days of annual leave and provision for days off between public holidays and weekends (e.g. between Christmas and New Year)
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service


The Post Doc position is  initially for a fixed term of 2 years. The PhD Position is for or a fixed term of 3 years. Both positions with possible long-term prospects.

Post Doc:  Salary and social benefits will conform to the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) depending on the applicant’s qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks assigned to them.

PhD Position: Pay in line with 75% of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) and additionally 60 % of a monthly salary as special payment („Christmas bonus“).

Further information on PhD Course at Forschungszentrum Jülich is available at:
https://www.fz-juelich.de/en/careers/phd (PhD)


How to apply

The jobs will be advertised until the position has been successfully filled.
You should therefore submit your application as soon as possible.

Check last information on HI-ERN web site


Post doc Position
  HI-ERN Web site 
  To Apply


PhD Position
  HI-ERN Web site 
  To Apply


Hi-ERN  welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds, e.g. in terms of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation / identity, and social, ethnic and religious origin. A diverse and inclusive working environment with equal opportunities in which everyone can realize their potential is important to them



Please feel free to contact HI-ERN  via their  contact form.
Please note that for technical reasons they cannot accept applications by e-mail.


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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