PhD student Techno-Economic Analysis of the Development of Innovative Solar Cells – Belgium

Applications are invited for Fully Funded PhD student Techno-Economic Analysis of the Development of Innovative Solar Cells at The Faculty of Business Economics, Hasselt University, Belgium.


The Environmental Economics Research focuses on sustainability assessments of clean technologies and valuation of ecosystem services, and is a visible source of robust science-driven advice in these domains.
This scholarship position is the result of the H2020 project application “PERCISTAND” being funded. This interdisciplinary research projects aims to develop and valorize the development of novel materials and processes for producing thin film perovskite CIS tandem solar cells with high efficiency, stability and large-area manufacturability, at low production cost and environmental footprint. The proposed PhD project is embedded in a strong international research network and will be executed jointly with researchers from IMEC, ZSW, KIT, EMPA, TNO, CNRS, VITO, Solaronix, Nice solar, ANU, NREL. The closest collaboration will be with KIT (energy yield modelling) and VITO (life cycle analysis).

The selected applicant will mainly be responsible for carrying out and reporting about the techno-economic analyses (TEAs) of the development of perovskite CIS tandem solar cells and modules. The goal being to evaluate and stimulate the competitiveness of PERCISTAND technology compared to existing substitutes and as such to contribute to the technological development. The candidate is expected to contribute to the development of TEA’s methodological framework and its application to photovoltaic technologies.
Main goals, besides producing the deliverables for the research project are the publication of the research in top international journals and the expansion of the research network for example by participating in international academic Conferences.


Successful applicants will receive the following benefits:

  • PhD scholarship holders receive a tax free scholarship subject to social security contribution
  • Monthly salary from 2041 – 2133 Euros
  • Appointed and paid as a PhD student and receive a doctoral grant for four years on the condition of a positive evaluation after 2 years


To be eligible for PhD Scholarships (student) position, an applicant must:

  • have obtained Master’s degree in Business Economics, Engineering, Sciences or equivalent or you need to obtain such a degree by the end of September 2019
  • Experience with life cycle costing, life cycle analysis, life cycle sustainability analysis, techno-economics analysis, and the calculation of LCOE is a plus
  • Experience with energy yield modelling is a plus
  • Proficiency of Dutch or English is excellent (minimum C1 level)
  • Obtained excellent study grades
  • Have experience with data collection, quantitative research methods and the matching software
  • Interested in or passionate about economic research on the development of innovative clean technologies
  • Have good communication skills and are a team player
  • Experience in multi-disciplinary (research) project work is a plus


To apply for PhD student Techno-Economic Analysis of the Development of Innovative Solar Cells, an applicant is required to submit following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation Letter
  • A writing sample of your own work. Interview and presentation for the selected candidates

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Publish Date:
Institute Name: Hasselt University
Degree/Course: PhD
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Country: Belgium
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