IPVF Senior Engineer – Life Cycle Assessment and Recyclability


Function: Senior Research Engineer

Contract: COD

Starting date: ASAP

Duration: 36 months

Working place: IPVF – 18 Boulevard Thomas Gobert, 91120 Palaiseau (Paris-Saclay technology cluster)

Education:PhD in Environmental Sciences or equivalent

Salary: profile dependent


IPVF in brief

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.
Gathering industrial PV leaders (EDF, TotalEnergies, Air Liquide, Horiba and Riber) and world-renowned academic research organizations (CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique), multi-disciplinary and international IPVF teams conduct research for clean energy technologies. Supported by the French State, IPVF is labelled Institute for Energy Transition (ITE).


IPVF at a glance:
• An ambitious Scientific and Technological Program (6 programs divided in 24 work packages): from tandem solar cell technologies to economy & market assessment, state-of-the art characterization, photocatalysis and breakthrough concepts.
• State-of-the-art technological platform (8,000m²): more than 100 cutting-edge equipments worth €30M, located in cleanrooms (advanced characterization, materials deposition, prototypes for fabrication, modelling…).
• High-standard Education program (M.S. and PhD students).



Job context

Setting up industrialization roadmaps for IPVF’s processes and technologies is of strategic importance for the institute. We have one dedicated R&D Programme, which mission is to assess the maturity of technologies developed at IPVF, identify obstacles that may block their industrialization, propose strategies to overcome them, and detect new PV technology opportunities in PV.


You will be working in a dynamic and fertile environment, in collaboration with different teams, and your work will be exposed internally and externally.


‍More information about the research program and IPVF here:

IPVF Research Program involving this engineer/postdoc position: https://ipvf.fr/lars-oberbeck-introducing-ipvf-programme-1-techno-economic-analyses-and-opportunities/  


Website: https://www.ipvf.fr


This job can lead to a permanent position (CDI).



Main missions

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

Her/his missions will consist in:

  • Conducting life cycle assessments of tandem modules to provide a framework for strategic decision-making purposes.
  • Project life cycle assessment into the future, e.g. by using future energy mix scenarios, expected future PV module efficiencies etc.
  • Investigate and integrate materials abundance considerations in life cycle assessment.
  • Investigating module materials that facilitate module recycling at end of life and reduce the environmental footprint.
  • Investigating and improving recycling processes for tandem modules, while identifying the conditions needed for a good environmental performance regarding materials economy (e.g. decreasing environmental footprint, increasing value of recycled materials).
  • Collaborating with other colleagues to evaluate the module costs vs. environmental footprint reduction and propose solutions to reduce the environmental footprint of tandem PV modules considering the energy production over its working lifetime.


Sought profile

Knowledge and know-how

  • Background in chemistry or materials (potential ecotoxicological impacts of metals or perovskite on crystalline silicon will be a plus).
  • Knowledge in photovoltaic systems (tandem and PV waste management will be a plus).


Soft skills

  • Fluency in English, knowledge of French is a plus.
  • Good analytical, synthesis and communication skills.
  • Curious and enterprising.
  • Autonomous.
  • Team worker.



Cover letter and résumé to be sent to: lars.oberbeck@totalenergies.com and rh@ipvf.fr


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