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Post Doctoral Associate

Apply now Job no: 496171
Work type: Staff - Full-Time
Location: Main Campus - Academic
Categories: Full-Time, Research, Post Doc, None

Title: Post Doctoral Associate

Department Org: Physics - 101190

Employee Classification: P1 - Post Doctoral Assoc FT-MC

Bargaining Unit: Bargaining Unit Exempt

Primary Location: Main Campus - Academic

Shift:  1

Posted Salary: Salary commensurable based on experience

Job Description:

The Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization (PVIC) at The University of Toledo invites applications from highly skilled and motivated researchers for postdoctoral research positions across several advanced photovoltaic solar cell material platforms. The successful candidates will work in collaboration with renowned faculty members including Prof. Yan, Prof. Heben, Prof. Ellingson, and Prof. Podraza on the design, synthesis, characterization, optimization, and advanced modeling of advanced thin film PV materials and devices based on II-VI, perovskites, Sb2(S,Se)3, and others. Successful candidates will be responsible for carrying out research activities related to fabricating thin film single junction, bifacial, and tandem solar cells, characterizing them via multiple measurement tools and methods, and analyzing the scientific basis for their performance. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Ph.D. degree in Physics, Chemistry, Material Science, or closely related disciplines.
• Experience in the fabrication and optimization of single junction and tandem solar cells.

• Deep expertise in one or more of the following areas:
• Surface and interface chemistry
• Spectroscopic ellipsometry
• Defect characterization and analysis
• Multi-dimensional device modeling and simulation
• Thin film deposition techniques, e.g. PVD, CVD, ALD, and sputtering
• Steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy
• Transient absorption/reflection spectroscopy
• Transient photovoltage/photocurrent spectroscopy
• Impedance spectroscopy
• Admittance & Deep-Level Transient Spectroscopy DLTS, EL, etc.
• Steady-state and time-resolved electroluminescence spectroscopy
• Tunnel junctions and contact design
• Advanced material characterization techniques (e.g., AFM, TEM, SEM, XRD)
• PV applications for space power (e.g. cosmic particle exposure modeling, testing, analysis)
• Mini-module design and fabrication via laser-scribed monolithic integration
• Solar cell encapsulation and durability testing
• Other PV related optical and electrochemical characterization

Preferred Qualifications:

• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
• Ability to analyze and interpret experimental results and present findings in scientific meetings and publications.
• Strong background in material synthesis, solar cell fabrication, and characterization.
• Expertise with various optical and electrical characterization techniques.
• Experience with ultrafast spectroscopy and drift-diffusion simulation is a plus
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Ability to work independently as well as in a team.

Conditions of Employment:

All UToledo employees on all campuses, including those working on campus and working remotely, are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or have an approved exemption.
 
To promote the highest levels of health and well-being, the University of Toledo campuses are tobacco-free.  To further this effort, the University of Toledo Health Science Campus Medical Center is requiring candidates for employment to be nicotine-free.  Pre-employment health screening requirements will include cotinine (nicotine) testing, as well as drug and other required health screenings for the position. With the exception of positions within University of Toledo Main Campus and the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, the employment offer is conditional upon successful completion of a cotinine test and Occupational Health clearance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The University of Toledo is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. The University of Toledo does not discriminate in employment, educational programs, or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military or veteran status, disability, familial status, or political affiliation. 

The University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, dual-career professionals and covered veterans.

The University of Toledo provides reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you require accommodation to complete this application, or for testing or interviewing, please contact the Human Resources Department at 419-530-4747 between the hours of 8:30AM and 5:00PM or apply online for an accommodation request. 

Computer access is available at most public libraries and at the Office of Human Resources located in the Center for Administrative Support on the Main Campus of the University of Toledo.

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Last Updated: 12/11/23