Solar cells for space and smart applications

This studentship is related to the development of solar cells for space and smart applications.

Start date

1 January 2023

Application deadline

Funding source

Advanced Technology Institute at the University of Surrey

Funding information

Each PhD studentship is fully-funded, including fees and a tax-free stipend, at UKRI studentship rates covered for the duration of 3.5 years for UK candidates.


Power is critical for space missions and 'internet of things' networks. The project aims to fabricate and characterise organic/halide perovskite photovoltaic (PV) and betavoltaic (BV) devices for their massive potential in powering low energy consumption smart devices and off-Earth energy systems.

The research includes:

  • Development of novel semiconductor materials that have greater energy -conversion and increased radiation resistance
  • Designing PV and BV energy harvesting devices and integrated 'internet of things' solutions
  • Enhancing PV efficiency under the different light conditions
  • Researching radiation tolerance of BV devices
  • Nanoscale characterisation of materials and devices using scanning probe microscopy.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should have a minimum of one of the following qualifications:

  • First-class honours
  • Upper second-class honours
  • MSc
  • MEng

In physical sciences or engineering.

Funding is for UK students only. For international students, please refer to higher education entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

How to apply

Applicants are required to send to Dr Jae Sung Yun (

  • A cover letter explaining their interest in the project and their relevant qualifications
  • A CV
  • Names and contact details of two references.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted directly to arrange a suitable time for an interview.

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Application deadline

Contact details

Jae Sung Yun
17 ATI 02
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 686123


Take a look at the nanoscale photovoltaics research group site led by Dr Jae Sung Yun.


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