LPI (Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces) under the direction of Prof. Michael Graetzel is leader in the research and development of dye-sensitized and perovskite solar cells and their applications. To complete our team and to develop solar cell devices that significantly exceed existing performance records we are looking for two postdocs in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs).

POSITION 1: Main duties and responsibilities include

  • Candidates with demonstrated expertise in dye-sensitized solar cells fabrication and characterization.
  • Previous experience in the field of dye-sensitized solar cell device physics and characterization know-how will be an advantage.
  • Previous experience in the field of thin-film PV and optoelectronic devices will be an advantage.

POSITION 2: Main duties and responsibilities include

  • Candidates with demonstrated expertise in synthesis and characterization of sensitizer molecules and redox shuttles including metal complexes.
  • Previous experience in the field of dye-sensitized and/or organic solar cells will be an advantage.
  • Previous experience in advanced organic synthesis and characterization will be an advantage.

Your profile

  • Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English.
  • Candidates are expected to demonstrate a high degree of motivation and independence, the ability to interpret results independently, demonstrable interpersonal skills and the aptitude to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Please list 3 referees who have confirmed that they are willing to supply letters of reference upon request.

Start date : As soon as possible

Term of employment : Fixed-term (CDD)

Work rate : 100%

Duration : 1 year, renewable

Contact : For additional information, please contact Dr. Shaik Zakeeruddin by e-mail: [email protected]

Please send your application (cover letter, detailed resume and copies of certificates)by e-mail to: [email protected]


Information on the Project

We are searching for two highly motivated students to work at the interface of chemistry and materials science, with a particular focus on photoelectrochemical (PEC) systems. One student will further develop Sb2Se3 thin films (and/or other chalcogenide materials) towards efficient solar hydrogen production. In addition to overall water splitting, alternative oxidation reactions towards value-added chemicals will be investigated at the (photo)anode. The second student will develop a suite of advanced analytical techniques such as dual working electrode, transient photocurrent/photovoltage, AFM-based electrochemistry, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy towards a unified model of PEC systems.


We are looking for applicants with a Masters degree in chemistry, physics, materials science, or a related field. We encourage applications from enthusiastic, collaborative, and creative individuals, with good oral and written communication skills in English.


Please send your application materials including cover letter, CV, brief description of previous research experience, and the names and contact details of three references in a single PDF file to [email protected]

Deadline for Application: Evaluations of the applications will begin on May 15th, 2019, and will continue until the positions are filled. Short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Starting Date: September 1, 2019.

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. David Tilley

University of Zurich

Department of Chemistry B

Winterthurerstrasse 190

CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland

Email: [email protected]