FILLED - PhD (ESR10) Electronic properties of materials for OSCs

Job summary

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen - Germany
Job type:
Full time
According to EU regulation
Deadline for application:
April, 15 2012 or until filled

About this job

PhD location

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen - Germany

Starting date

1st September 2012

Description of work

The electronic structure of new organic materials and their interfaces play a major role for the understanding and the improvement of OSCs. Possible interface reactions and electronic interface parameters, which are of vital importance for charge transport across these interfaces, will be mainly extracted from x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) and ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy (UPS). Another focus is the understanding of the degradation of the materials which affects also interface parameters. The decay kinetics and
product evolution of the polymer degradation will be monitored using complementary spectroscopic techniques including optical spectroscopies. The ageing of OSCs and materials is also an objective of during his/her visit at the Photochemistry team of the Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand (Co-hosting for 8 months). Additional training will centre on modelling of reaction/degradation mechanisms depending on environmental conditions in cooperation with Konarka Technologies GmbH (Nürnberg).

The successful candidate will be fully trained in a variety of spectroscopic techniques not only highly pertinent to OSCs but to a range of other polymer-based systems and will therefore be eminently employable in academia or industry.


Characterization of new organic materials using a complementary spectroscopic techniques
Establish correlations between organic materials properties, thin film deposition parameters and interface properties (dipoles, barriers, ionization potential)
Study of the degradation mechanism of materials with focus on blends and corresponding interfaces


The successful candidate will receive scientific training in:
Characterization of materials and interfaces using a broad variety of spectroscopic techniques
Degradation mechanisms of polymers and in particular of blends
Working with a leading company in the field of solar technology.

S/he will also receive complementary training in field such as career development, public outreach, communication, entrepreneurial skills, financial and project management, scientific writing, and other career relevant skills. The PhD Fellow is expected to actively participate in workshops, Summer Schools and conference organised by the ESTABLIS network.
Additional modules of scientific relevance will be provided by the Host Doctorial School along with appropriate language training where necessary.


A Cotutelle PhD from both of the Universität Tübingen and the Université Blaise Pascal
3 year full time position
Salary will be according to EU regulations
Possible short stays (< 1 month) with the Associate Partners AMCOR, EVONIK, and SIEMENS


Applicants must have, or be expected to receive, prior to the 1st September 2012 the equivalent of a degree in chemistry that will allow them to register for a PhD at Universität Tübingen and the Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand (France)
The candidate should:

  • Have a sound background in the field of physical chemistry
  • Be familiar with surface and interface physics and UHV techniques and/or optical spectroscopies (this would be very favourable but are not a precondition);
  • Good spoken and written English and excellent communication skills are expected

The applicant can be of any nationality but must, as of the 1st September 2012:

  • Not already have a PhD
  • Have less that 4 years full-time research experience
  • Not have carried out their main activity in Germany for more than 12 months in the last 3 years from the starting date of the fellowship

Main evaluation criteria

  • Skills of the Fellow
  • Motivation for the project ESTABLIS and the science and training proposed
  • Willingness to travel, exchange across preconceived scientific barriers and participate in
  • complementary training activities
  • Prior experience and publications if any


Welcomed discussions concerning the position should be directed to:

  • Prof. T. Chassé (PhD Co-Host Director - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • PD Dr H. Peisert (PhD Co-Host co-Director - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

How to apply

Please submit a curriculum vitae (CV), a cover letter and the names and e-mail addresses of two referees preferably using the application form on ESTABLIS Website ( The recruitment will be carried out in the line with the European Charter of Researcher and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

Deadline for application:

15th of April 2012 or until post filled.

Please note that all posts are extremely well-coveted, 
therefore we urge you to get your application in early!