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Sabbatical Researcher for Mechanical Properties of Film Silicon for PV

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location Colorado - America North
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 20/12/2011
Company Name NREL
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Sabbatical Researcher for Mechanical Properties of Film Silicon for PV
Golden, CO
Scientist, Engineer or other professional who is on leave from their home institution. Participant’s home institution will pay all expenses.
The Silicon Materials and Devices Group develops new materials and devices for renewable energy and other applications, with projects ranging from basic studies to device applications. The collaborating scientist will contribute to our research to understand and improve thin-silicon materials and the solar cells made from them, with special emphasis on structural, nanomechanical, and defect properties, including engineering the fracture and deformation in PV materials and devices. Materials studied will include novel crystal Si film layers on inexpensive substrates and nanostructured Si materials. Specific duties include: Collaboration with Group scientists in the planning, analysis, realization and interpretation of basic scientific experiments on these film Si materials. Measurement of electronic and structural defect properties in semiconducting films, interfaces, stress and deformation. Development and application of cutting-edge experimental and modeling techniques. Publication of results in scientific journals and conference proceedings. Presentation of work at scientific conferences and review meetings. Adherence to NREL’s high safety standards.
Senior Scientist, Engineer or other professional who is on leave from their home institution. Participant's home institution will pay all or partial expenses.
Candidates must have a recent doctoral degree within the last three years in Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, Electrical Engineering, or Metallurgy, as well as expertise in: mechanical and structural properties of materials; structural simulations; understanding of mechanical and quantum confinement effects in nanosize systems; use of sophisticated experimental equipment. 

Strong scientific research skills (creating hypotheses, experiment design and implementation, simulations and modeling), as well as writing skills demonstrated by experience in writing quality scientific papers. Communications skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a research team.
A thesis or publications on mechanical and deformation properties of materials. Experience with testing mechanical and structural properties on nanoscale, deformation modeling. Familiarity with silicon material properties including defects and strain, and solar cell physics, structures and design tools.
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