Manchester, City of Manchester, M13 9XX
£ 30,000 - £ 32,000 per annum
PHD Chemistry, Physics or Materials Science
25 August 2018
KTP Advert Ref:
If you are interested in translational research, then this is a great opportunity for you.
Greatcell Solar UK Ltd are developing perovskite solar cell (3rd Generation) technology for fabrication of building integrated
photovoltaics (BIPV) for the exterior surfaces of buildings. A collaborative project with the Department of Materials Science
& Engineering, University of Sheffield aims to scale-up perovskite solar cells on low cost flexible, lightweight substrates. Funding is through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).
The KTP Associate will be based at Greatcell Solar UK Ltd, Manchester but will also conduct materials development and
testing in Sheffield.
The main aims are to:
(i) research and develop perovskite solar cells on lightweight flexible substrates
(ii) optimise interfaces within the solar cell architecture including test cell fabrication and device performance, including use of research techniques such as electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS)
(iii) research and develop key deposition technologies suitable for scale-up of the cells, including the use of novel techniques
such as cold sintering, slot-die coating, etc.
(iv) research into the scale-up of optimised devices structures linking with the development of the processing of perovskite
materials, to move towards commercialisation.
The Associate will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the project. This includes the design of experiments to
address the research objective and to find solutions, and the analysis of the research findings. The Associate will ensure that the research goals are achieved and will present the research outputs to both the Industrial supervisory team at Greatcell Solar UK Ltd (Drs Chris Moore and Piers Anderson) and the academic supervisory team in the Functional Materials & Devices group at the University of Sheffield (Profs Derek Sinclair and Ian M. Reaney) through regular project review, but also to the research community through journal articles and conference papers.
Applicants should hold or be close to completion of a PhD (or have equivalent experience) in chemistry, physics or materials
science. Excellent communication and presentation skills as well as the ability to plan and make informed decisions in a
changing environment are also required.
The post holder will be able to undertake professional development through, e.g. management training, supplied as part of the KTP budget.
Knowledge Base Partner:
Sheffield, The University of
Greatcell Solar UK Limited
Company business area:
Develop perovskite solar cell technology for building integrated photovoltaic applications, where solar cells are embedded within the building materials.
Professor Derek Sinclair
, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Sir Robert Hadfield Building, Mappin Street,
S1 3JD, Tel: 0114 email@example.com