PhD candidate in 2D Energy Materials

Faculty of Science – Institute of Physics

Publication date
9 July 2018
Level of education
Master's degree
Salary indication
€2,266 to €2,897 gross per month
Closing date
31 July 2018
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Institute of Physics (IoP) of the Faculty of Science (FNWI) combines the Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute (WZI), the Institute of Theoretical Physics (ITF) and the Institute for High Energy Physics (IHEF) and is one of the larger research institutes of the faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). A PhD position on two-dimensional semiconductor materials for ultrathin photovoltaics is available in the Photovoltaics and Soft Matter groups of the WZI at the University of Amsterdam.

Project description

In this PhD project we explore the photovoltaic potential of ultrathin 2D metal-chalcogenide layers. Following the tracks of graphene, a wide range of two-dimensional layered materials (2DLMs) has been identified and is currently intensively investigated with an eye on optoelectronic applications. Among the many 2DLMs, transition metal dichalcogenides (MX2) and metal chalcogenides (MX) are of special interest for photovoltaic applications.

In this PhD project we will investigate photon-to-electron conversion efficiencies in metal-chalcogenide layers of different composition and thickness and establish the optimal strategies for efficient charge carrier formation and extraction at electrodes. The final aim is to design and develop prototype ultrathin 2DLM-based solar cells with efficiency above the Shockley-Queisser limit and high mechanical flexibility.

The work will be embedded in the lively research environment of the Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute, where it will strengthen the recent collaborations between the Nano-Photovoltaics group of Prof. T. Gregorkiewicz and the Colloidal and Nanocrystal group of Prof. P. Schall. The work is further in collaboration with the Optoelectronic Materials section of Prof. Laurens Siebeles at TU Delft, who will employ another PhD student with focus on carrier multiplication in these 2DLMs, and the Functional Materials Research group at Toyota that will develop solar cell designs. The successful candidate will thus join an inspiring cross-disciplinary consortium with diverse expertise in 2D material growth, characterization, optoelectronic and device properties.


  • Master's degree in Physics or Chemistry;
  • experience in the following fields: 2D material growth and characterization, energy materials, photovoltaics;
  • good communication skills (English).

Further information

For information about the PhD position, please contact:


The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 4 years (initial appointment will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it can be extended for a total duration of 4 years) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). An educational plan will be drafted that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. The PhD candidate is also expected to assist in teaching of undergraduates.

Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €2,266 in the first year to €2,897 in the last year. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

Please apply using the link below. Applications must include:

  • CV (including details for 2 referees);
  • a list of university courses taken with grades;
  • a single page maximum statement of motivation and research interests.

Please upload the requested documents as 1 pdf in the field marked as CV in the application form.

Further particulars are available upon request.

To process your application immediately, please quote the vacancy number: 18-408

The closing date is 31 July 2018. #LI-DNP

No agencies please

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