Doctoral Candidate (PhD student position) / DC7

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  • LOCATION Campus de la UAB
    08193 ICMAB-CSIC (Barcelona, Spain)
  • begin 10.01.2024
  • working time full time equivalent
  • Remote / HomeOffice no
  • contact Esther Barrena

Project: Microstructure, nanomorphology formation and stability of non-fullerene acceptor active layers

This position is one of the 10 Doctoral Candidate positions of the EIFFEL (EffIcient Fullerene-Free organic solar cELs) Doctoral Network, which focuses on the development of efficient NFAs, revealing the mechanisms of operation and degradation in NFA-based OSCs, and establishing synthetic strategies for their mitigation to form the basis for a new generation of OSCs - compatible with mass production - for successful commercialisation. The EIFFEL project offers the possibility to pursue the PhD within the Network at different universities/research centres/industrial companies from 7 European countries (Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Cyprus and France,). Background information on all DC positions is available on

EIFFEL has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2022 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Doctoral Networks (HORIZON-MSCA-2022-DN-01) scheme, grant agreement number: 101119780.

Project description:

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 travel abroad for research secondments at partner organisations of the EIFFEL Network and will participate in specialised training meetings and international conferences. The DC will enroll in a doctoral student program at Autonomous University of Barcelona.


The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a maximum period of 36 months (PhD student, regular full-time employment contract). A very attractive salary plus allowances package according to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) – Doctoral Networks rules.

Eligibility conditions:

Applicants can be of any nationality but in order to be eligible for the DC positions the following specific MSCA eligibility criteria apply:

The applicant must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.

Candidate’s profile:

• 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.

How to apply:

To learn more about the application process, please, fill out the form below.

Further Information: 

• For additional information about this research project & DC position, please contact the scientist-in-charge / supervisor: Dr. Esther Barrena
• For additional information about administrative aspects, please contact:
• Some background material about host institution & research group can be found here:, and

DC Candidate

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You can apply as DC if:

  1. You live less than 12 months in the country where the PhD is located.
  2. You don’t have an PhD.

If you meet these criteria, please fill in the form and we will send you all the details of the PhD program.