IPVF – R&D Engineer – Reliability of PV

Function: R&D Engineer
Contract: COD
Starting date: ASAP
Location: IPVF – 18 Boulevard Thomas Gobert, 91120 Palaiseau (Paris-Saclay)
Salary: profile dependent


IPVF – Institut Photovoltaïque d’Île-de-France

Become an actor of the Energy Transition by joining a team driven by innovation and impact to address today’s most decisive challenges.

IPVF – Institut Photovoltaïque d’Île-de-France, is a global Research, Innovation and Education center, which mission is to accelerate energy transition through science & technology.

Bringing together recognized industrial leaders (TotalEnergies, EDF, Air Liquide, Horiba and Riber) and world-renowned academic research teams (CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique), IPVF’ multidisciplinary and international teams conduct research dedicated to clean energy technologies (photovoltaics, green hydrogen, etc.). IPVF has built an ambitious scientific and technological research program, divided into 5 programs and 19 sub-projects, to achieve this objective.
These programs are based on a high-level experimental platform of 8,000 m², located in Paris-Saclay, and comprising more than 100 cutting-edge equipment worth €30M.




Today, renewable solar energy is a major and important contributor to achieving energetic transition and climate change mitigation targets. Consequently, much research is being held and various new technologies are surging to surpass the efficiency limits and cost burdens of the existing technologies.

IPVF participates in the analysis of Perovskite solar cells (PSC) properties, and Tandem Perovskite/Silicon technologies; the study of their performance/limitations and the understanding of their different degradation modes with the aim of estimating the potential of this new breakthrough technology which could ultimately take significant market share. Nonetheless, PSC present many challenges from which operational stability remains a significant problem. In that regard, it is of great relevance to increase the technological maturity to prove the capacity of real-world stability and forecast an operational lifespan within an experimentally feasible timescale.

An agreement among experts in the field on methodologies for verifying the stability of PSC was launched to set uniformity in the experimental methods and reported parameters. This consensus is based on the International Summit on Organic Photovoltaic Stability (ISOS) protocols. It proposes additional procedures to account for properties specific to PSC such as ion redistribution under electric fields, reversible degradation and to distinguish ambient-induced degradation from other stress factors.
IPVF benefit from exceptional facilities dedicated to performance and reliability testing, which enables us to perform all the reported ISOS tests and properly assess and optimize module durability. Outdoor testing is performed on IPVF platform located at SIRTA (Atmospheric Research Observatory, which is one of few sites in Europe offering the instrumentation and the facilities to study atmospheric physico-chemical processes from the surface to the upper troposphere through the boundary layer).


What we can offer:
As part of a growing international technology company which places the values of innovation, excellence and agility at the heart of its business, we offer a work environment which encourages team spirit and promotes training.




The candidate will directly report to the Deputy Programs Director of IPVF.

She/he will integrate a dynamic and talented team driven by innovation and results.


The mission is to participate in the reliability activities on perovskites carried out with the IPVF, by carrying out measurements on samples exposed to controlled stressors (indoor) and to real conditions (outdoor tests):

• Contribution to the development of the reliability platform.
• Perform various indoor measurements on perovskite-based solar cells under various conditions (temperature, humidity, irradiance…).
• Install samples on outdoor platform and conduct performance measurements.
• Perform electrical, physicochemical, and optical characterizations on solar cells/modules.
• Analyze the effect of temperature and irradiance on the behavior of PV devices.
• Improve the measurement set-up and the automated data processing procedure.
• Cooperation with solar cell development team to define cell and module structures for degradation tests.
• Determining correlations between fabrication process technology details and solar cell performance.
• Adaptation of test protocols for reliability testing that address the challenges of perovskite cells.
• Regularly report results to the project team and to the management.





• Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering
• Semiconductor physics
• Characterization of solar cells and modules
• Solar module technologies, ideally perovskite modules.
• Opto-electronics of photovoltaic devices or production technology of perovskite solar cells.
• Data processing and modeling (e.g. Python).
• Knowledge of LabVIEW is an asset.




• Solar module testing
• Solar cell characterization
• Reliability testing of solar modules,
ideally perovskite modules
• Hands-on experience in solar technology development, ideally perovskite technology
• Device physics
• Setting up new experimental equipment


• Team-worker with drive to explore
• Ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment
• Ability to understand and work with experimental constraints
• Tenacious problem solver that can accurately assess, solve, implement, and communicate outcomes of complex challenges





Cover letter and résumé to be sent to:





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