PhD Scholarship in Quantum Sensors for Solar Cells

This PhD scholarship is part of an ARC-funded project to develop new tools based on diamond quantum sensors to directly probe the inner workings of solar cells.

We seek a motivated student with a physics or electrical engineering background to work on this exciting project in collaboration with CSIRO, at the interface between optics, instrumentation, and condensed matter physics.

$32,841 per annum for three (3) years

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • Have a first-class Honours or equivalent in physics or related disciplines
  • Meet RMIT University’s entry requirements for the Higher Degree by Research programs.

To apply, please submit your curriculum vitae and academic transcripts via email to Dr Jean-Philippe Tetienne.

Prospective candidates will be invited to submit a full application for admission to the PhD (Applied Physics) program.

Applications are open now.


We seek a motivated student with a physics or electrical engineering background to work on this exciting ARC-funded project in collaboration with CSIRO.

The project aims to develop new instruments based on diamond quantum sensors, which will enable us to directly probe the flow of electric current inside solar cells, in order to better understand the processes limiting conversion of solar energy into electricity.

The student will be involved in the experimental realisation of these quantum sensing instruments, their application to test solar cell devices, and in the numerical modelling of the devices and measurements. In doing so, they will acquire or apply knowledge and skills in optics, quantum physics, condensed matter physics, instrumentation, data analysis and coding.

Dr Jean-Philippe Tetienne


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