IPVF intern: Single junction and tandem solar cell electro-optical modeling

  • Reference: IPVF-2019-JT
  • Position: IPVF intern
  • Place: Palaiseau, France
  • Application end date: 01/03/2019
  • Start date: 23/02/2019
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Application: jean-baptiste.puel@edf.fr

Job description :

The “Institut Photovoltaïque d’Île-de-France” IPVF aims at becoming one of the main global research, innovation and education center in the field of photovoltaic solar energy. Composed with international well-known industrials, leading in PV industry (EDF, Total, Air Liquide, Horiba and Riber) and academic research teams (CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique), IPVF wants to increase performances and competitiveness of PV solar cells and develop new breakthrough technologies thanks to:

§  A research program : 5 programs and 12 projects

§  Experimental laboratories open to PV actors : more than 70 state-of-the-art tools, in a dedicated IPVF building

§  Education program with master and PhD students


The development of PV is, in France as everywhere, a booming sector. In order to surpass Shockley Queisser single-junction efficiency limitation, Perovskite-Silicon tandem cells are a promising candidate. This is why IPVF gathers many talents among its partners (EDF, TOTAL, CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, Air Liquide, Horiba and Riber), and from outside, to fulfill its ambitious technological roadmap.

In this context, modeling of photovoltaic materials and devices is a crucial tool to significantly contribute to research efforts to improve PV cell efficiency and reduce production costs. Theory and modelling aims at (i) better understanding the impact of various physical parameters on cell performance, (ii) developing and optimizing various types of cells without having to systematically use experimental processes that might be costly, (iii) evaluating the potential of new structures and their maximum theoretical efficiency.

Within IPVF, several laboratories are involved in a project focused on the modeling of PV materials and devices for the development of adequate simulation tools. This work is done in a strong interaction with the characterization team.

The mission will focus on device modeling in collaboration with various laboratories and companies of the institute (EDF, Total, CNRS, etc.  ). In close collaboration with the experimental and characterization team the aim of this mission will be to work on more predictive single junction (perovskite) and tandem (perovskite/silicon) solar cell models. Taking into account specific models of physico-chemical properties involved in perovskite solar cells is crucial to develop more predictive solar cell models. Considering realistic conditions (spectral variation, thermal effect, etc.) is also a challenge.
§  Knowledge in Semiconductor physics

§  Master : Material sciences / Physics

§  Prior experience in modeling is a plus / code or script development

§  Strong teamwork skills / Multidisciplinary teamwork

§  Proactive and Autonomous

The application must include: cover letter, resume, names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number), ex of computer program developed, an electronic copy of your most significant research publications (journal or conference publication).
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