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Fakulty of Physics, Experimental Physics/MultioptiX

Research Assistant (f/m/d, No. 309-23)
EG 13 TV-L

In the field of resource-efficient energy conversion, we are seeking a physicist (MSc) to work on Chalcopyrite-based devices exploiting in particular multi-optical concepts.

Start of employment


Duration of employment

3 years

Working time

19 h 55 min (50%)

Your main tasks

In Chalcopyrite photovoltaics two main directions can be followed to enhance resource efficiency: ultra-thin absorbers with integrated nanostructures for light and carrier management and micrometer-sized solar cells with concentrating optics. For both cases, optimized light incoupling to the absorber layer and carrier outcoupling for current extraction are aspired. The proposed work focuses on these topics starting from already established work and broadens the horizon to fully exploit existing knowledge and to bring it towards novel directions. Experimental fabrication and characterization of the devices play an equally important role as do mostly numerical simulations for understanding the working principles and optimizing the devices. Along with the research experience to gain, contribution to teaching (2 SWS) will provide further qualifications.

Your profile

  • Excellent Master’s degree in physics, energy science, or a closely related field providing a profound background in solid-state physics to address optical, electrical, and thermal properties of matter
  • Background knowledge in photovoltaics and/or Chalcogenides acknowledged
  • Commitment and joy both in experimental and theoretical work
  • Experience with thin film deposition techniques (PVD, RTP, or printing), nanostructure fabrication or material and device characterization (SEM, jV) desirable
  • Experience with numerical simulations (e.g. FEM-based solvers like Comsol Multiphysics) welcomed
  • Independent working behavior balanced with high-quality team player skills
  • High-quality communication skills
  • Very good speaking and writing abilities in the English language required, German langue skills beneficial

We offer you

  • active participation in the development and advancement of interesting research areas
  • contribution to renewable energy supply
  • gain experience in determined scientific research and dissemination
  • possibility to pursue a PhD degree
  • pleasant and open-minded working atmosphere
  • interdisciplinary and international team
  • flexible working hours within the framework of existing working time models

Application deadline


Code number



Please send your application with the usual documents (including cover letter, CV and degree certificates), citing the code 309-23 to Prof. Dr. Martina Schmid, Fakultät für Physik, University of Duisburg-Essen, Fakultät für Physik, 47057 Duisburg, E-Mail: Applications per E-Mail are preferred.

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