Research Engineer - Iii-V And Mbe Operation

Universities and Institutes of France


November 30, 2022


  • Organisation/Company: Institut Photovoltaïque d'Ile-de-France (IPVF)
  • Research Field: Engineering › Materials engineering
  • Researcher Profile: Established Researcher (R3) Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • Application Deadline: 30/11/2022 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • Location: France › Palaiseau
  • Type Of Contract: Temporary
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours Per Week: 39
  • Offer Starting Date: 01/09/2022

    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, TotalEnergies, Air Liquide, Horiba and Riber) and world-renowned academic research organizations (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 (6 programs divided in 24 work packages): from tandem solar cell technologies to economy & market assessment, state-of-the art characterization, photocatalysis and breakthrough concepts.

    • A state-of-the-art technological platform (8,000m²): more than 100 cutting-edge equipments worth €30M, located in cleanrooms (advanced characterization, materials deposition, prototypes for fabrication, modelling…).

    • A high-standard Education program (M.S. and PhD students).


    IPVF is looking for a Research Engineer to work on III-V solar cells for high- efficiency and low-cost photovoltaics. The project will be carried out in close collaboration with the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies (C2N-CNRS, SUNLIT team).

    Attached to the III-V on Silicon tandem program (https: // www. cos...), the engineer will be in charge of the MBE platform and will also be involved in the research work of the III-V project.

    Our team has recently demonstrated ultrathin (200 nm) GaAs solar cells with a record efficiency of nearly 20% using efficient light trapping, in collaboration with Fraunhofer ISE (published in Nature Energy, 2019, https: // www. We have also developed state-of-the-art, wide-bandgap (1.7-1.8eV) solar cells made of AlGaAs for integration in III-V/Si tandem solar cells (https: //, and we have recorded important advances in nanowire-based solar cells (https: // nanowires-for-pv/). These results have opened new opportunities for the development of low-cost and high-efficiency photovoltaics based on tandem III-V/Si architectures and advanced concepts (hot-carrier solar cells in particular).

    The candidate will benefit from a multidisciplinary environment, IPVF expertise and have access to IPVF and C2N unique capabilities. He will directly report to the Programs Deputy Director of IPVF and will integrate a dynamic and talented team driven by innovation and results.

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    Starting date: ASAP

    Contract: 36 months


    The Engineer in position will participate in the research work of the program, he will ensure:

    - a support on the different projects using MBE,

    - involvement in the III-V planar workpackages,

    - involvement in III-V layer transfer tasks,

    - training on III-V cell manufacturing processes, when needed,

    - optimization of MBE and growth processes,

    - fabrication of III-V layers and devices.

    She/He will also be in charge of the MBE platform, the tasks will consist of:

    - plan, follow and perform the maintenance of the MBE

    - set up systematic growth procedures for the different users

    - set up a systematic monitoring of the performance of the framework (through regular measurement of KPIs to be determined with the users)

    - maintain a body of documentation (risk analysis, operating instructions) and technical monitoring of the equipment (workbooks, monitoring of indicators)

    - training of new epitaxial processors

    - propose equipment upgrades and safety improvements.

    - purchasing supplies and monitoring stocks, especially sources and substrates.


    Cover letter and résumé to be sent both to:

  • Offer Requirements
  • Engineering: PhD or equivalent



  • PhD degree in Material science and/or Electrical Engineering
  • Photovoltaic technology
  • Solar device physics

  • III-V
  • MBE
  • Strong cooperation and communication skills
  • Enthusiastic to work in a team of diverse and international colleagues

  • Desire to work in the labs.
  • Curious, enterprising and creative.
  • Autonomous.
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) skills.
  • Collaboration with cross-functional and diverse teams.
  • Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: Institut Photovoltaïque d'Ile-de-France (IPVF)
  • Organisation Type: Research Laboratory
  • Website: https:// www.
  • Country: France
  • City: Palaiseau
  • Postal Code: 91120
  • Street: 18 Boulevard Thomas Gobert