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PhD in Engineering focusing on solar cell and module research

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition 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 cutting-edge laser processing techniques for high-efficiency solar cells with passivated polysilicon contacts with possible applications to 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


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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 provide:
- 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.
- GPA / Result of each degree, as well as your transcript
- DOI links to your *first-author* publications. List of any other relevant research achievements.
- Your academic & research background, experiences, and research interests.
- When you expect to start your PhD if successful.
- Attachments: CV, academic transcripts, and an additional PDF file which includes certificates of prizes, awards, recognitions or any other supporting evidence.

Initial assessment is based on the information you provide. In case critical information (e.g. GPA results) is missing your application cannot be considered. Please make sure to address the recipient correctly. Obvious mass application e-mails will not be considered.

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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