Post-Doctoral Researcher for CdTe Photovoltaics

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Posting Title
Post-Doctoral Researcher for CdTe Photovoltaics
CO - Golden
Position Type
Postdoc (Fixed Term)
Hours Per Week
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Job Description
CdTe photovoltaics are the most successful thin-film PV technology in the world. While this technology is directly competing with Si at the utility-scale, there is still foundational work that can enable significant advances with an industry poised to implement them. The focus of this position is the synthesis and detailed characterization of Cd(Se,Te) devices and test structures for investigating the causes for photovoltage loss and ultimately mitigating these losses. In addition to experimental work fabricating and characterizing samples, a key part of this position will be using quantitative microscopic-based models in a hypothesis-driven manner to understand results and propose next steps. The successful candidate will have significant experience with thin-film fabrication processes such as close-space sublimation, evaporation, and reactive sputtering. Additional experience with characterization methods such as device testing under solar simulation, quantum efficiency, capacitance-voltage, UV-Vis spectroscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy and time-resolved photoluminescence is highly desired. Further general skills such as programming, machining, and equipment automation are considered a plus. Direct experience in CdTe or even photovoltaics is not an explicit requirement, but the successful candidate will be expected to have spent time gaining some familiarity with the field and its challenges as well as demonstrate applicable skills along with the willingness and ability to learn quickly.
The successful candidate will work as part of a larger team including staff scientists, students, and external collaborators (industry and academia).
Qualified candidates must demonstrate skills in interpreting and assessing the experimental results and have a demonstrated record of success from graduate and/or post-graduate work with publishing results. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills are essential. Teamwork and collaboration are essential and successful candidates will need the ability to partner and team internally and externally. Inclusion and diversity are core values, and the candidate will be expected to support a work environment that maximizes the unique talents and innovative ideas of every worker.
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Basic Qualifications
Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.
  • Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
Additional Required Qualifications
PhD in Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or related field.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Degree in physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, or similar.
  • Experience with thin-film fabrication techniques
  • Experience in basic thin-film solar-cell characterization techniques
  • Experience in at least one advanced characterization technique relevant to the project (time-resolved photoluminescence, x-ray photoemission spectroscopy)
  • Experience in quantitative PV cell-performance modeling (e.g., Sentaurus, SCAPS, COMSOL, etc.)
  • Experience setting up/building custom research equipment
  • Experience programming in at least one language
  • Knowledge of device physics
  • Demonstration of research capability to solve challenging problems with limited guidance.
  • Good communication and writing skills.
  • Creative, independent, innovative, and adaptable.
Job Application Submission Window
The anticipated closing window for application submission is up to 30 days and may be extended as needed.
Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Job Profile: Postdoctoral Researcher / Annual Salary Range: $73,200 - $120,800
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Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short-term disability insurance*; pension benefits*; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; and paid holidays. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement.
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