Title: Post Doctoral Associate
Department Org: Physics - 101190
Employee Classification: P1 - Post Doctoral Assoc
Bargaining Unit: Bargaining Unit Exempt
Primary Location: Main Campus - Academic
Posted Salary: Salary commensurable based on
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.
• Ph.D. degree in Physics, Chemistry, Material Science, or closely
• 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
• Steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence
• Transient absorption/reflection spectroscopy
• Transient photovoltage/photocurrent spectroscopy
• Impedance spectroscopy
• Admittance & Deep-Level Transient Spectroscopy DLTS, EL,
• Steady-state and time-resolved electroluminescence
• Tunnel junctions and contact design
• Advanced material characterization techniques (e.g., AFM, TEM,
• PV applications for space power (e.g. cosmic particle exposure
modeling, testing, analysis)
• Mini-module design and fabrication via laser-scribed monolithic
• Solar cell encapsulation and durability testing
• Other PV related optical and electrochemical
• 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,
• Expertise with various optical and electrical characterization
• 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
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
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.
Advertised: 29 Sep 2023 Eastern Daylight Time