Researcher Transparent passivating contacts | Petten

Do you want to contribute to the R&D necessary for the important and ubiquitous use of PV technology in the energy transition by working on cost reduction and efficiency gain of (silicon) solar cells by developing advanced passivation schemes?



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Parttime - 32


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What will you be doing?

In 'Upstream’ activities the recent rise of very competitive and high-volume Chinese PV producers has caused Dutch and European equipment suppliers to encounter strong competition. Innovation, new products and applications, and demonstration of high process performance are more important than ever for Dutch and EU companies. We therefore increasingly focus on longer term and potential high impact R&D topics, specifically novel passivated contact technology and tandem technology, where a strong Dutch ecosystem (academic and companies) exists.

As the senior scientist advanced passivation, specializing on the topic transparent passivating contacts you will be the scientific lead on our development of metal oxide layers and other transparent passivating contacts. You will give direction to our mission, strategy and research. Your main task is improving the direction and quality of our experimental set ups, analysis and conclusions. Medior and junior scientists and resident PhD’s will come to you with what they think is completed work, but to you is a draft with more potential, and they will recognize the value of coming to you, as you mentor them. You are the scientific conscience for our research, reports, and publications on the topic. However, you do recognize the difference between basic and applied research, and what you focus on is the latter, while strongly connecting to the former.

You will be technical contact for our academic and industrial partners, influencing their research directly through your participation in steering boards or indirectly through a combination of expertise and persuasion. Inversely you will scout their developments for inclusion in our technology. You bring all of this together in consortia and acquisitions of national and international projects

Read more about our roadmap Solar Energy at TNO.

What do we require of you?

You have a passion for PV device science and a deep understanding of (transparent) surface passivating and carrier selective contacts and are able to convert this into applied research. You want to carry the torch to advance the topic. Conversing with professors and CTO’s comes natural to you. You take pride in advancing knowledge, competences and careers of the people you mentor. You have a sharp eye on technical possibilities and limitations of the technologies you see, bridging academia and industry.

You have:
  • PhD in Physics, Material Science, Chemistry, or equivalent.
  • Preferably a track record in bringing technologies from lab to pilot line environment (typically bring technology from TRL 3 to 7).
  • Experience with acquisition of national and international research projects.
  • Experience with solar cell processing, preferably on (transparent) surface passivating and carrier selective contacts and their integration in completed solar cells.
  • Extended knowledge of solar cell device physics, specifically related to interfaces and surfaces.
  • Track record in coordination of national/international collaborative projects with different partners (combination public applied and academic, and private).

What can you expect of your work situation?

As an independent research organisation, TNO bridges the gap between the academic and commercial worlds. We translate research results into clear applications and solutions, thereby solving future problems today. And once a project is complete? Then we will continue our journey of discovery, looking for new tools, models and advice that will benefit Dutch companies and organisations in the future. With around 3,000 employees, we are active in nine different domains for a wide array of clients, including government bodies, SMEs, social organisations, major corporations and service providers. Read more about TNO as an employer. 

Within TNO you will be joining the Solar Energy expertise group. This team, a mix of some 40 project leaders, scientists and lab technicians, is dedicated to improving solar cells and modules towards higher efficiency and reliability and lower cost. Our distinguishing feature is applicability in industry in which we have an international track record. We also research new applications. Examples are building, vehicle or landscape integrated PV, and dual use of area like in agriculture or nature conservation. The team is international, and caring towards colleagues and that is something we take pride in.

What can TNO offer you?

Challenging and varied work. And full of opportunities because at TNO you are, by and large, the master of your own career. In addition to a gross monthly salary of between €4,800 and €6,100 (depending on your relevant knowledge and experience), holiday pay and a thirteenth month’s salary, you will get every opportunity to develop your skills. At TNO, you can put together a ‘menu’ of terms of employment that suits your personal situation. What you can expect:
  • View of a permanent contract.
  • An utmost professional, inspiring work environment, with high-calibre experts as colleagues.
  • Flexible working times and the option of working from home.
  • 28 days of holiday and 5 ATV days (additional days of paid leave) (with full-time employment).
  • The opportunity to do courses, training programmes and workshops and attend conference.
  • A good pension scheme.
  • Commuting allowance or a bicycle.
  • Coaching if you need it.
Read here which terms of employment you can choose from.

Application process

You can apply till Sunday the 26th of January. The first round is scheduled for the 5th of February. The process comprises at least two (selection) rounds. After a positive selection, we will finish off the process by discussing terms and conditions of employment. We try to complete the interviews and assessment within 4 weeks.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Recruiter: Anna Herder
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-219 15675

Hiring manager: Michiel Koorn
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 62820

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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