Research Associate in Photovoltaics

University of New South Wales School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering


Research Associate– Photovoltaics: Silicon solar cells for space applications

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Work type: full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Post Doctoral Research Associate, Senior Research Associate

The Opportunity

UNSW is recruiting for a Research Associate to join an ARC Linkage project and work in close collaboration with the company Extraterrestrial Power (ETP). The role offers the opportunity to advance research into radiation-tolerant silicon solar cells for space applications.

The Research Associate will bring expert knowledge and experience in silicon solar cells in order to develop new methods and approaches that reduce the losses caused by high-energy particle radiation in the space environment. This will include working with very thin silicon cells and developing appropriate light trapping and cell thinning mechanisms. Working with ETP, the Research Associate will develop these processes to be suitable for the commercial space PV market.

Research Associate - Level A6- B: $100,318 -$ 132,832 + 17% super
The role of Research Associate reports to Professors Bram Hoex and Gavin Conibeer in the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering. The position has no direct reports
- Full-time, fixed-term contract- 2- 3 years
- Location: Kensington – Sydney, Australia

About UNSW

UNSW is currently implementing a ten-year strategy to 2025 and our ambition for the next decade is nothing less than to establish UNSW as Australia’s global university. These positions are based on the Kensington Campus within the Faculty of Engineering based in the School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE).

Skills & Experience

  • A PhD in photovoltaic engineering or a related discipline, and/or relevant work experience.
  • Knowledge and experience of photovoltaic research, preferably related to silicon cell manufacturing.
  • Thorough theoretical background in semiconductor device physics, preferably in defect engineering.
  • Proven commitment to proactively keeping up to date with discipline knowledge and developments.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake high quality academic research and conduct independent research with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated track record of publications and conference presentations relative to opportunity.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships.
  • Evidence of highly developed interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders and students.

Details about the specific role responsibilities and required skills & expertise can be found in the Download File Position-Description- 511268.docx on Jobs@UNSW

To Apply: Please click the apply now button and submit your CV, Cover Letter and Responses to the Skills and Experience (as per the Skills & Experience bullet points in the position description).

Contact: Katherine Molloy – Talent Acquisition Consultant
Please note applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed above.

Applications close: 11:55 pm (Sydney time) on Monday 3 October 2022


UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds.  UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff, and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

Position Description

Advertised: 06 Sep 2022 AUS Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 03 Oct 2022 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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