IPVF R&D Engineer: Perovskite Reliability Testing

Contract type: Fixed term

Starting date: ASAP

Duration: 36 months

Working Place: Palaiseau

Education: Engineer degree/PhD in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Materials science (or other relevant fields)

Salary: Salary grid

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, Total, Air Liquide, Horiba and Riber) and world-renowned academic research teams (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: from tandem solar cell technologies to economy & market assessment, state-of-the art characterization, photocatalysis and concepts breakthrough.
  • A state-of-the-art technological platform: more than 100 tools, located in cleanrooms (advanced characterization, materials deposition, prototypes for fabrication, modelling…).
  • A high-standard Education program (M.S. and PhD students).

Job context

Be a leading force in our team and advance industrially relevant knowledge while pursuing scientific understanding to further advance perovskite cell and module technology:

Perovskite solar cells are the “rising star” of solar cell development in the world-wide research community of photovoltaics. The efficiency of stand-alone perovskite single-junction solar cells approach already the world record efficiencies of silicon solar cells and by combining perovskite cells with silicon cell to so-called tandem cells, an efficiency above 29% has been achieved by the international research community. However, the practical use for renewable energy production still requires improvements in the long-term stability perovskite cells.

Your work in our team investigates the aging characteristics of perovskite-based solar cells and modules. Your results allow to predict real-world performance under operating conditions of PV installations. The scientific insight generated by your work is a key driver for improving the performance of IPVF’s perovskite solar cell development.

IPVF Research Program involving this postdoc position: https://ipvf.fr/jean-paul-kleider-philip-schulz-and-daniel-ory-introducing-programme-4-characterization-modeling-reliability/

Main missions

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

The R&D Engineer will be in charge of developing the reliability activities of IPVF on perovskite materials and tandem solar cell devices with the following missions:

  • Building a solid phenomenology for performance changes under various aging stresses for IPVF’s and Third party’s modules.
  • Root cause analysis of failure modes, cooperation with our teams for opto-electrical characterization and chemical- and interface analysis.
  • Hands-on characterization of solar cells and modules in laboratory solar simulators and degradation tests.
  • Adaptation of test protocols for reliability testing that address the challenges of perovskite cells.
  • 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.
  • Regularly report results to the project team and to the management.
  • Prepare scientific publications to communicate results in the international research community.
  • Advise junior researchers or PhD students.

The candidate will integrate a dynamic and talented team driven by innovation and results.

Expected profile


  • Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering
  • Characterization of solar cells and modules
  • Solar module technologies, ideally perovskite modules
  • Opto-electronics of photovoltaic devices or production technology of perovskite solar cells


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

Self-management skills

  • 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 CV to be sent to : nils.harder@total.com
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  • contact@ipvf.fr