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ESR position for MSCA ITN MAESTRO at UAB Modernios E-Technologijos

European Innovative Training Network
Making perovskites truly exploitable

The European Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network MAESTRO brings 10 academic and 7 industrial beneficiaries together. MAESTRO is focused on perovskite semiconductors, a material shown in the last 4 years to have a major impact on solar power and potentially also in display technology. Research carried out by this intersectoral and multidisciplinary network aims to make perovskite based devices commercially viable. 15 doctoral researchers/PhDs employed by MAESTRO will have an opportunity to develop their skills in a broad area while involved in cross sector excellent research. PhDs will be trained in (i) science and technology across physics, chemistry, materials science, electrical engineering, in two major application areas, solar cells and light emitting diodes, and other uses such as lasers and photodiodes; (ii) exploitation from laboratory to fabrication; (iii) transferable skills of communication, information technology, organization, planning, teamwork, leadership; (iv) skills needed for innovation, such as understanding markets, product life cycles, business models, return on investment.

MAESTRO Partners are the following: University of Bath (UK), Fondazione Istituto italiano Di Tecnologia (IT), Universitat Jaume I De Castellon (ES), University of Oxford (UK), National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos (GR), Universita Degli Studi Di Roma Tor Vergata (IT), Bar Ilan University (IL), Swansea University (UK), Universitat Konstanz (DE), Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Luasanne (CH), Oxford Photovoltaics Ltd (UK), 3GSolar Photovoltaics (IL), Greatcell UK Ltd (UK), UAB Modernios E-Technologijos (LT), Saule SP Zoo (PL).
During the course of employment/enrolment in PhD programme each ESR will undertake 2-3 secondments, each lasting 2 months or more.
The research undertaken by MAESTRO will teach the ESRs how to deal with complexities and uncertainties, making them very broad and highly adaptable.

We are looking for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to be appointed as staff at the host organisations within MAESTRO. ESRs will be enrolled in a three years PhD programme at one of the universities involved in MAESTRO.

UAB Modernios E-Technologijos offers the following PhD position.
The ESR will be hosted by UAB Modernios E-Technologijos and will have the option to enrol at University of Konstanz

ESR will carry out research on development of high efficiency PSC, grown on mcSi solar cells at UAB Modernios E-Technologijos (MET) premises. ESR will work on modelling PSC properties, developing procedures for PSC tandem cells processing, creating suitable electrodes for the developed solar cells. In the last year, ESR will work on up-scaling thin film deposition processes for in-line processing in industrial Si wafer solar cell environment.

Planned start date: September 2018
Duration of contract: Full-time (40 h/week) contract for 36 months

Documents required for application:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of the latest degree/qualification
  • Motivation letter
  • Two letters of recommendation


Monthly salary before any deductions:
Living allowance: 2273.41 Eur/month
Mobility allowance: 600 Eur/month
Family allowance (if applicable): 250 Eur/month


  • EC mobility rules apply: The applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host institute for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.
  • Applicants must comply with EU definition of Early Stage Researches: The applicant shall at the time of recruitment be in the first four years of his/her research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. (This time is measured from the date of award/diploma of the most recent taught degree.)
  • The applicant can be of any nationality.

Research field: Physics
Years of research experience: 1-4
Required education level: Physics – Master degree of equivalent
Required languages: English – excellent
– Practical knowledge in cSi solar cells processing at lab scale and preferably industrial scale.
– Practical knowledge in solar cell characterization techniques
– Ability to develop and defend research hypotheses
– Ability to autonomously and independently plan, execute and evaluate experiments.

Specific requirements:
– EC mobility rules apply
– Applicants must comply with the EU definition of Early Stage Researcher
– University degree (Applicant cannot hold a PhD degree obtained previously)
– Fluency in spoken and written English
– Willingness to travel around Europe and Israel

Contact for further information: Dr. Jolanta Doneliene
MSC Grant Agreement No: 764787