Professor and Chair of Emerging Next-Generation Photovoltaics, 5G Solar

Tallinn University of Technology



Workload:                    full-time (40 hours a week)
Type of contract:          temporary
Period:                        01.09.2021 at the latest - 31.08.2026  
Application deadline:    02.05.2021

The ERA CHAIR OF EMERGING NEXT-GENERATION PHOTOVOLTAICS (5GSOLAR)- European Commission (REA), Project 952509-5GSOLAR-H2020-WIDSPREAD-2018-2020/WIDESPREAD-2018-2020-6)- is recruiting ERA Chair Holder in the Department of Materials and Environmental Technology, Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia.

The ERA Chair Holder aims to bring complementary knowledge to the existing core team in the Laboratory of Thin Film Chemical Technologies, and thereby enhance scientific excellence, increase visibility and attractiveness, and to bridge the gap between research and technology transfer.

The ERA Chair Holder will need to be an outstanding knowledge builder and manager in the field of photovoltaics, with a proven record of effective leadership. S/he will have a position as a professor that will allow her/him to formulate a strategic program for the new 5GSOLAR, make appropriate resource allocation decisions, supervise team members and freely apply for R&D&I funding, in order to increase the research excellence of the institution, and sustainability of the ERA Chair.

The obligations and tasks of the ERA Chair Holder

  • Defining the ERA Chair team’s strategic plan to accomplish the project vision;
  • Daily management of the ERA Chair implementation plan;
  • Increasing the visibility and communication level, expanding a network of research institutions, universities, industrial partners and European Union offices in Estonia and abroad;
  • Preparation of project applications and  applying for Horizon Europe, and other EU and worldwide R&D&I programmes’ calls;
  • Training and supervising ERA Chair team members; including PhD students;
  • Dissemination of ERA Chair project results;
  • Initiating events for stakeholders;
  • Providing the environment to increase the technology readiness level from 3 to 6 of emerging photovoltaics under development and boost technology transfer opportunities;
  • Establishing a stakeholders’ network to participate in the establishment of a renewable energy demo/briefing center in Estonia after the ERA Chair project.

Keywords for the position: photovoltaics, materials science, thin film solar cells, solid state physics, technology management.

Salary range for the position is 7000-10000 euros per month (gross), depending on the selected candidate’s profile and competencies.



A successful candidate should have:

  • A PhD in solid state physics, materials science or an equivalent qualification;
  • Research experience in photovoltaic materials and devices;
  • Fulfilling the conditions specified in the European Framework for Research Careers for Established researcher at the level of R3 or R4;
  • Experience in technology management and/or leading of research teams;
  • Familiarity with research and development in photovoltaics, photovoltaic market and renewable energy strategies;
  • Strategic sense and business awareness;
  • Proven record in coordinating or executing EU research and development and/or innovation action projects;
  • Knowledge and skills in IPR, a proven record is an advantage;
  • Proven record of graduated PhD students;
  • Proven record in collaboration with non-academic stakeholders;
  • Fluent written and oral communication skills in English.


For further information, please contact:

Professor Malle Krunks, Head of the Department of Materials and Environmental Technology, or

ERA-Chair 5GSOLAR Project Manager Alvar Kurrel, or

ERA-Chair 5GSOLAR Project Coordinator Professor Ilona Oja Acik



To apply for this position please send the following documents in English by 2 May 2021 (the application deadline) at the latest by using the link Apply:

  • a motivation letter;
  • documents proving that the candidate holds the required academic degree (a PhD or an equivalent qualification) and has acquired the required education;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a vision of the future position;
  • an academic portfolio, including:

a list of publications, public presentations and supervised PhD students;

a list of R&D&I projects and IP, including tasks in the projects;

a list of popular science communication activities; including public opinion former/ spokesperson;

  • other documents considered important by the candidate.


Department of Materials and Environmental Technology

The strength of the department is internationally distinguished scientific research in the area of material science and environmental technology. The main research areas of the department are related but not limited to chemistry, physics, materials technology, and the development of new sustainable technologies for environmental applications. The European Research Area (ERA) Chair Holder on Emerging Next-Generation Photovoltaics, 5GSOLAR will support research and development activities managed by the Laboratory of Thin Film Chemical Technologies in the Department of Materials and Environmental Technology.

The existing core team has unique expertise in development of semiconductor thin films by industrially applicable methods such as closed spaced sublimation and chemical spray pyrolysis. The research is focused on development of next generation inorganic chalcogenide based semi-transparent solar cells for BIPV applications. The research group is part of the Center of Excellence in Science "Innovative Materials and Advanced Technology for Energy Storage and Transformation Systems".


TalTech is an international scientific community with 11,000 students and approximately 1,800 employees, one of the largest universities in Estonia that is a leading EU country in digitalization.
The strengths of the university are wide multidisciplinary study/research interests, modern research and study environment as well as good collaboration with international educational and research institutions.

TalTech has a green and one of the most compact university campuses in Europe that includes the Tehnopol Tallinn Science Park. Low hierarchy, academic freedom and a balanced work and family life is valued at TalTech. The university provides individual development and training opportunities, material and non-material tokens of acknowledgement, sporting opportunities at TalTech Sports Club and all-staff activities.


More information about TalTech:

Laboratory of Thin Film Chemical Technologies:  

Further information about working and living in Estonia:,

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