Open positions

On this page you will find six different Ph.D positions advertised. The page starts with a description of your profile, what we offer, and things that should be included in your application pack. At the end of this page, is a description of each position and a link to apply for it.

**Please indicate in the motivation letter if you have applied to more than one position.**


  • Master degree in Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry (or equivalent) with excellent grades
  • Self-motivated, committed and curious
  • Creative and able to think independently
  • Excellent command of English


  • Exciting topic in the context of solar energy
  • Friendly international team
  • Modern, well equipped laboratory
  • Committed supervisor
  • Competitive remuneration 

Candidates should submit the following documents in English (incomplete dossiers will not be considered):

  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum vitae, incl. publication list
  • Copies of diplomas, including grade reports and transcript of courses taken (simple copies and/or unofficial translations are fine for the moment)
  • List of references complete with contact information


Defect physics of semiconductors (50014121)

Defects have a strong influence on the performance of absorber materials for solar cells. The PhD candidate will perform calculations on the spectroscopic signatures of point defects in the thin-film solar cell materials Cu(In,Ga)S2 and Cu(In,Ga)Se2 . This will require the use of existing ab-initio codes based on density-functional theory and on many-body perturbation theory. It will also involve the development of "second principles" methods such as tight-binding (fitted to ab-initio methods in small supercells). A background in theoretical solid state physics is desirable.

  • Use and Development of electronic structure methods for defect calculations
  • Performing research on the influence of defects on the performance of solar cell materials
  • Publications in international journals and conferences
  • Writing a thesis
  • Occasional teaching and public outreach

 Email for more information. To apply for this position follow this link.