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The Faculty of Engineering Technology, research institute Institute for Materials Research, research group Engineering Materials and Applications of Hasselt University seeks a (m/f) PhD student Synergistic approaches for fundamental study of advanced photovoltaic solar cells and batteries.


Job content
Within the institute for materials research (IMO-IMOMEC) of Hasselt University there is an interdisciplinary PhD-position in the complementary domains of thin film photovoltaic solar cells and batteries. The goal is to develop unconventional techniques (i.e., both theoretical and experimental) that benefit from synergistic interactions between the state-of-the-art characterization methods and theoretical frameworks in both domains. The focus of interest in this research is to shed more light on the limiting phenomena at both bulk and interfaces. The as obtained fundamental insights will be employed in order to improve cell designs for better performance, stability, and longer lifetime. The research will be carried out in close collaboration between the solar cell and battery research groups of Hasselt University which are active members in an important international network of EnergyVille (i.e., a European knowledge center focused on the fields of sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems, see Besides being involved in the research and generation of scientific outputs, it is expected that the PhD student actively participates in the educational and outreach tasks of the faculty of Engineering Technology.

  • You hold a Master of Science or Engineering in physics, materials sciences, technology or chemistry (or equivalent)
    Final-year students are (likewise) encouraged to apply.
  • You have a prior basic background in electrochemical generation and/or storage of Energy (i.e., photovoltaic solar cells, batteries, fuel cells, etc.).
  • You have good hands-on experiment, are able to present scientific results, and have excellent reporting skills. A first scientific publication is an asset.
  • You have a strong background/experience in at least two of the following theoretical disciplines: Thermodynamics & Transport phenomena, Electrochemistry, numerical simulations.
  • You have a problem-solving attitude and a strong desire to stay up-to-date with recent developments. You are able to work independently and are eager to take initiative and responsibility.
  • You have the necessary qualities to function within an international team. Very good verbal and written communication skills in English are required, and international experience (Erasmus, internship abroad) is an asset.
  • You are motivated to contribute to the didactic and outreach tasks of the faculty of Engineering Technology and you are able to arouse students' enthusiasm.


You will be appointed and paid as PhD student.
Scholarship for a period of 2 x 2 years, after positieve intermediate evaluation.

Selection procedure
Preselection based on CV. Interview with the selected candidates.
You are expected to upload at "additional relevant documents" a short research proposal (1 - 2 pages) based on the job content. Please be advised that applications without research proposal are not considered for further selection.

You can only apply online up to and including 15 October 2017.

Further information
Content job responsibilities:
   Prof. dr. Bart VERMANG, +32-11-292142,
   Prof. dr. ir. Momo SAFARI, +32-11-292180,
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