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Senior Research Fellow (Upscaling Tandem Cells)

Date: 01-Mar-2023


Company: National University of Singapore

Job Description

The Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) is Singapore’s national institute for applied solar energy research. SERIS has the stature of a National University of Singapore (NUS) university - level Research Institute. SERIS conducts industry - oriented research and development as well as use - inspired basic research in the field of solar energy conversion. The institute collaborates closely with the industry across the solar photovoltaics value chain.


The Next-Generation Industrial Solar Cell & Module cluster focuses on the research and development of cost-effective high efficiency (>25%) solar cells with an emphasis on innovations for high-volume manufacturing. The cluster works in close collaboration with industrial partners via formal collaboration agreements and industry-aligned public-funded projects. This role is for the R&D Manager of an industry-aligned project aiming to upscale and commercialize inventions for large-area (>244 cm2) silicon/perovskite tandem solar cells. This project involves commissioning and conducting upscaling research on a pilot line for 2T (2-terminal) perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells on large-area wafer substrates. Work packages in the project involve establishing fast deposition methods for perovskite semiconductors and contact layers aimed at demonstrating large-area (>244 cm2) tandem cell with >30% efficiency using high-TRL (technology readiness level), industry-ready methods. This project is also aimed at developing unique IP (intellectual property) and licensing / commercializing the technology to industrial partners.


In this job scope we seek a highly motivated researcher with exceptional knowledge and hands-on experience in perovskite solar cells fabrication and tandem integration.


Extended Job Scope:

•    Develop and optimise coating processes (e.g. slot-die coating, inkjet printer, spin coating, thermal evaporation, sputtering, etc) for the fabrication of large-area (towards G12) and high efficiency (towards 30%) perovskite/silicon 2T tandem solar cells with a view towards industrial production. 
•    Contribute towards equipment development for upscaling, develop equipment specifications and support commissioning activities (factory / site acceptance tests) for pilot-line equipment.
•    Lead working groups within the project and take ownership of KPI tracking and technical reporting
•    Participate and contribute to technology / equipment roadmap discussions and IP strategy
•    Contribute to the design and development of new tools and processes 
•    Liaise and work closely with internal teams within the institute as well as external staff (e.g. industry partners, vendors, etc).


Essential Requirements:

•    PhD Degree in Materials Sciences, Physics, Chemistry or relevant engineering topics
•    Must have experience in perovskite solar cell fabrication and characterization, or other relevant experience. 
•    Researchers with prior experience on development of large area tandem solar cells will be preferred.
•    Required to work in semiconductor clean room and characterisation lab.
•    Must be target/KPI-driven and well organized
•    Good skills in data analysis. Programming experience is a plus (e.g. Python, R, SQL, etc)
•    Excellent written and verbal communication (in English) skills required. Proficiency in Mandarin Chinese will be a plus.
•    Good team player, participate actively to group discussions and show initiative.
•    Good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with technical and non-technical staff.

More Information

Location: Kent Ridge Campus

Organization: Solar Energy Research Inst of S'pore

Department : Research Cluster

Employee Referral Eligible: No