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PhD in Engineering focusing on realistic solar module modelling research

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 area of innovative solar module research with a focus on developing realistic modelling of current and emerging solar module technologies, including bifacial and tandem solar modules. The models to be developed take into account external environmental influences such as spectral and angular distribution of sunlight, temperature and wind, as well as module and system design parameters, including optimization of individual module components. This project requires motivation for software development with e.g. Python, MATLAB and LTSpice.

The dependence of the models on the various influencing parameters is validated experimentally in our laboratories and outdoor test stands through our state-of-the-art laboratories and our advanced manufacturing and characterisation facilities. Our characterisation facilities include state-of-the-art optical, electrical, and microscopic tools such as spectral goniometer, 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


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If you meet the HDR admission requirements (self-assessment on please send an e-mail directly to Dr Marco Ernst ([email protected]) with following information:
- Email subject: Prospective PhD for silicon PV
- Email body: please attach your latest CV, academic transcripts, and publications.

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

People of any gender are welcome to apply. To remove any unconscious gender-bias, please submit your application with abbreviated first name, without photograph and any other gender-identifying information.

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