OPEN PhD position: MSCA Doctoral Network EIFFEL (EffIcient Fullerene-Free Organic Solar Cells)

Carmen Ocal
March 18, 2024

Deadline: May 15, 2024

This position is one of the 10 Doctoral Candidate (DC) positions of the EIFFEL (EffIcient Fullerene-Free organic solar cELs) Doctoral Network, focused on developing efficient non-fullerene-acceptors (NFAs) and revealing the mechanisms of operation and degradation in NFA-based organic solar cells (OSCs). The DC will travel abroad for research secondments at partner organizations of the EIFFEL Network as well as participate in specialized training meetings and international conferences.

Objectives: The DC will be trained in advanced methodologies of scanning probe microscopy and real-time x-ray diffraction studies for investigating the microstructure and nanomorphology of solution-processed non-fullerene acceptor active layers and monitor their stability under thermal annealing and moisture/oxygen exposure. The important role of the interface also will be addressed.

Expected Results: Understanding the evolution of the microstructure and nanomorphology of the films due to thermal annealing and aging effects, and the assessment of chemical degradation pathways will aid in finding mitigation strategies of degradation in NFA-based OSCs devices.
The work will be performed at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona ( The DC will enroll in a doctoral student program at Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Requirements of the candidates

  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in Materials Science or Electrical Engineering or Physics providing access to PhD programs and should have experience with experimental research.
  • Applicants must have a very good knowledge (written & spoken) of the English language.
  • Strong motivation and ability to collaborate in an interdisciplinary and international team

Application Procedure

If interested, please fill this form:

Contact & Further Information

For additional information, please contact the scientist-in-charge / supervisor: Dr. Esther Barrena (e.barrena@csic.es or visit the site Doctoral Candidate (PhD student position) / DC7 | EURAXESS (