PhD Position Environmental fate of perovskite photovoltaics

University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
School of Life Sciences, Institute for Ecopreneurship
Closing Date
WorkplaceMuttenz, North West Switzerland, Switzerland
Durationlimited to three years (1+2)
Startat the earliest possible date

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland includes nine schools with more than 12’000 students. We are looking for you to join the School of Life Sciences, Institute for Ecopreneurship, in Muttenz, Switzerland, at the earliest possible date:
PhD Position Environmental fate of perovskite photovoltaics


Your tasks: Perovskites are considered the rising star of low-cost, high-efficiency materials launching a new era in photovoltaics. However, their function crucially relies on the use of lead (Pb) and other metals, which are of environmental concern. The main objective of this PhD position is to conduct systematic experiments (laboratory, potentially outdoor) regarding the fate of perovskite constituents. A focus is given to complex and biologically active environmental compartments (e.g. soil/sediment-water microcosms) determining metal fate. The data serves to calculate predicted environmental concentrations (PEC) in the frame of environmental exposure risk scenarios. To elucidate environmental fate of perovskites, you will make use of our state-of-the-art in-house analytical infrastructure (LC-qqq-ICP-MS, μXRF, LA-ICP-MS). The PhD project is conducted within the H2020 project “PERTPV: Perovskite Thin-film Photovoltaics”, gathering the leading academic groups/companies active in European perovskite PV research. The position is fully funded and initially limited to three years (1+2).


Your profile: You hold an MSc degree in environmental sciences, environmental/chemical engineering, analytical/inorganic chemistry, biogeochemistry or a related field. Ideally, you have some knowledge in metal speciation. Your skills in oral and written English are good. The ability to work independently and in a target-oriented manner rounds off your profile.


Please send your application before May 31, 2018 online via the respective
announcement on to Andreas Flück, HR officer. For further information please contact Dr. Markus Lenz, researcher,
P +41 61 228 56 86.
Phone0041 (0)61 228 56 86
In your application, please refer to
and reference  JobID 39420.