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PhD in Engineering focusing on high efficiency photovoltaic silicon solar cells with novel polysilicon contacts

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Prospective students graduated or going to graduate from Electrical and Electronic, Physics, Mechanical or Mechatronic, Material or Applied Science, and Chemistry Departments, or related disciplines with a GPA above 8 out of 10, or 3.5 out of 4.0, or high distinction (HD), or equivalent are invited to apply. However, to be competitive for a scholarship, international students will need to have outstanding GPA rankings within their departments (usually the top 5%, preferably top 2%).

The topic of this PhD project is in the development of innovative characterisation and fabrication tools and techniques, and the investigation of properties and performances of photovoltaic materials and devices. In particular, you will be working with the development of novel passivated polysilicon contacts for high-efficiency solar cells, with possible applications of cutting-edge laser processing techniques and bifacial silicon solar cells.

The PhD will be undertaken in our state-of-the-art laboratories, and our advanced fabrication and characterisation facilities. Our laboratories allow most of the semiconductor fabrication processes, such as diffusion (phosphorous and boron), ion implantation, oxidation, chemical vapour deposition, laser-based cutting and doping, photolithography, wet chemical processes, metal and semiconductor evaporation, metal plating, etc. Our characterisation facilities include state-of-the-art optical, electrical, and microscopic tools such as luminescence spectroscopy and imaging, solar simulator, transmission electron microscopes, focus ion beam tools, etc.

Funding Notes

We are offering a PhD scholarship in the field of photovoltaics at the Australian National University (ANU), based in Canberra, Australia. For the successful applicant, the scholarship fully covers the university fees and research expenses, and provides additional allowance to cover living costs for up to 3.5 years:
- Living allowance: AUD$ 30,000 per year
- Conference allowance: AUD$ 6,000 during PhD
- Relocation allowance: up to AUD$ 2,000


Please send an Email directly to Dr Marco Ernst ([email protected]) with following information:
- Email subject: Prospective PhD for silicon PV
- Email body: please briefly provide:
- Your background, experiences, and research interests.
- When you expect to start your PhD if successful.
- If possible, an estimation of your GPA rankings within the department. For example: 3rd out of 100, 5th out of 400, Top 1%, Top 2%, etc.
- Attachments: CV, academic transcripts, and an additional PDF file which includes certificates of prizes, awards, recognitions or any other supporting evidence.

We are looking forward to seeing outstanding candidates joining our group.

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