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The Materials Science & Engineering Department at the University of Washington has a tradition of interdisciplinary collaborations and strong partnerships with other academic institutions, the national labs, and industry. Major areas of research include biomedical imaging, biomimetics, drug delivery, printable solar cells, rechargeable batteries, chemical separation membranes, and manufacturing processes. The University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.

Faculty and post-doctoral positions

The successful candidate will advance the state of the art in novel PV device scale-up, focusing on emerging-technology devices such as multi-terminal, multi-junction, and perovskite PV modules through collaborative work with researchers in the University of Washington’s (UW) Clean Energy Institute (CEI) and the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Advance the state of the art of scalable, next-gen PV device manufacture processes, device structures, materials and techniques
  • Utilize the instrumentation of the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds and other affiliated UW labs to devise and fabricate various scaled-up PV modules
  • Analyze/characterize various PV devices and associated materials with the aim of building an institutional knowledge base that can be utilized by both public sector researchers and private sector advanced materials start-ups
  • Present relevant findings at national and international PV conferences and publish these advances in referenced journals

Necessary qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, applied physics, or related discipline
  • Experience with the fabrication and characterization of scaled, functional photovoltaic devices
  • Deep working knowledge of optoelectronic semiconductor device principles, operation, and testing
  • Experience with complicated instrumentation including auxiliary equipment (chillers, vacuum pumps, etc.)
  • Demonstration of logical problem solving to provide expedient and enduring corrective actions for laboratory problems
  • Ability to write and document lab procedures clearly and communicate with colleagues and fellow scientists through posters, verbal presentations, program reviews, and peer-reviewed publications

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with fabrication of novel thin-film PV devices and/or systems
  • Professional experience with additive manufacturing equipment and materials
  • Strong interest in collaborating with the US advanced materials/ cleantech start-up ecosystem

Application process:

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter and CV to wcet@uw.edu. Please include “Next Gen PV Postdoctoral Scholar Application” in your e-mail header. Only candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

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