PhD-student: Solar cell stability from the group up: Understanding the crystallization of the newest solar cell material to enable large-scale, highly efficient and stable solar cells

Date posted October 7, 2022
Type PhD positions

Since their invention, almost all solar cells have been made from silicon as the active semiconductor. Recently a new material, perovskite semiconductors emerged that can be deposited from an ink, making it possible to print highly efficient solar cells on a foil. Perovskite solar cells could be faster to scale up, cheaper, and easier to integrate than silicon solar cells. The main barrier for their large-scale commercialization at the moment is their limited stability.

In this project you will investigate how the perovskite material degrades, which will allow us to work towards an intrinsically stable solar cell. You will start with the simplest model system, a single crystal, and use microscopic measurements of the crystal structure and chemical composition to study the onset, the seed, of degradation. In the next steps of the project we will go towards increasingly more realistic systems, multicrystalline material with realistic contact layers.

The project combines two unique measurement techniques to ensure impactful results. It is part of a collaborative program with another group at AMOLF and several companies, which enables a swift implementation of the results into practical applications.

About the group

The Hybrid Solar Cell Group focuses on novel paths towards more efficient solar cells using both organic and inorganic materials. We aim at combining the unique properties and the richness of organic materials with the highly efficient, well-characterised inorganic materials.

We provide a highly collaborative and supportive environment, both within the group and with our national and international collaborators. PhD students benefit from a range of courses offered to enhance their skills as a researcher.
More information about the group can be found at


We welcome applications from highly motivated candidates with a very strong background in physics, chemistry, material science, or engineering and an interest in solar cells. PhD candidates must meet the requirements for an MSc degree.

Terms of employment

The position is intended as full-time (40 hours / week, 12 months / year) appointment in the service of the Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes (NWO-I) for the duration of four years, with a starting salary of gross € 2,539 per month and a range of employment benefits. After successful completion of the PhD research a PhD degree will be granted at Dutch Unversity. Several courses are offered, specially developed for PhD-students. AMOLF assists any new foreign PhD-student with housing and visa applications and compensates their transport costs and furnishing expenses.

Contact info

Prof. dr. Bruno Ehrler
Group leader Hybrid Solar Cells
Phone: +31 (0)20-754 7100

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