Mechanics and degradation phenomena of photovoltaic laminates and materials: numerical simulation and testing

1 Research Collaborator position
(Deadline January 11th, 2016 12:00 )

Thermo-mechanics, Fracture mechanics, Computational methods, Degradation phenomena, Electric mode


Development of mathematical models, numerical methods, and validation with experiments to assess the effect of cracks and thermo-elastic deformation on the electric response of Silicon solar cells. Special focus will be given to the extension of the existing models and techniques to the cyclic (repeated loading) regime.

Formal requirements

Possession of a 4 or 5-years undergraduate degree or equivalent MSc’s level education in Engineering, Physics or related areas.Experience on crack propagation models in Silicon driven by thermo-mechanical fields; electric models for the prediction of the electric response of cracked Silicon solar cells. Expertise on the use of the electroluminescence technique to monitor cracks in Silicon solar cells and validate the prediction of electric models. The candidate must have a curriculum with a suitable scientific and professional background for carrying out research activity in the required field. Excellent knowledge of English, both written and spoken.

Specific requirements

Articles published in scientific journals, in conference proceedings, and doctoral experience confirming the requested skills.


“CA2PVM - Multi-field and multi-scale Computational Approach to design and durability of PhotoVoltaic Modules” financed in the framework of FP7 ERC Starting grant

Scientific area

Ingegneria Civile e Architettura, Settore Scientifico Disciplinare ICAR/08 Scienza delle Costruzioni

Gross amount

€ 25.000,00/ a year


1 year renewable based on funding availability, and up to the end of the project “CA2PVM - Multi-field and multi-scale Computational Approach to design and durability of PhotoVoltaic Modules”

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February 3rd, 2016 from 9:30 am - Piazza San Ponziano, 6 Lucca

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Before starting prepare the application attachments and information as listed below.


  • Personal info and contact info (compulsory)
  • Number of your Identity Document (Passport or Identity Card) (compulsory)
  • University degree and ongoing PhD (compulsory)


  • Your CV in English (compulsory)