PhD student in cellulose-based sustainable sprayed green electronics


For our location in Hamburg we are seeking:

PhD student in cellulose-based sustainable sprayed green electronics

Limited: 3 years | Starting date: earliest possible | ID: FSDO030/2021 | Deadline: open | Full-time/Part-time

DESY, with more than 2700 employees at its two locations in Hamburg and Zeuthen, is one of the world's leading research centres. Its research focuses on decoding the structure and function of matter, from the smallest particles of the universe to the building blocks of life. In this way, DESY contributes to solving the major questions and urgent challenges facing science, society and industry. With its ultramodern research infrastructure, its interdisciplinary research platforms and its international networks, DESY offers a highly attractive working environment in the fields of science, technology and administration as well as for the education of highly qualified young scientists.

Green electronics are a challenge for a future sustainable society. We are addressing the quest for novel materials. This includes suitable biomaterials and bio-derived colloids as well as their processing, avoiding fossil-based sources. During fabrication of green electronics, green solvents will play a major role. In view of circular economy, reuse of materials is a crucial issue. In this PhD thesis, you will thus investigate the use and interplay of cellulose, water-based polymers and green solvents in close collaboration with KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, and TU München. Spray deposition as a scalable and facile technology will be the fabrication method of choice. You will investigate the fabrication of cellulose-based sustainable sprayed green electronics. You will evaluate the influence of cycling on their optoelectronic properties and the long-term stability of green electronics using sustainable materials. As PhD student, you will be stationed at DESY and enrolled at TU München.

About your role:

  • Investigating the fabrication and performance of cellulose-based sustainable sprayed green electronics using advanced characterization methods
  • Observing and evaluating degradation mechanisms under operation and cycling of green electronics
  • Publication and presentation of results at national and international meetings and conferences

Good reasons to join:

Look forward to a unique working environment on our international research campus. We attach particular importance to appreciative cooperation and the well-being of our DESY employees. Gender equality is an important aspect for us. To support work life balance we offer flexible working hours, variable part-time and job-sharing. You will benefit from our family-friendly and collegial atmosphere, our established health management and occupational pension provision. As a public employer, we offer you a secure workplace and facilitate your individual career with our comprehensive training and development opportunities. Remuneration is according to the regulations of the TV-AVH.

Limited: 3 years

About you:

  • Master in physics, chemistry or related sciences
  • Experience in polymer research or biomaterials
  • Experience in thin film technology
  • Experience in X-ray scattering
  • Experience in flexible solar cell or electronics would be desirable

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Stephan V. Roth at +49 40 8998 2934 (

Please arrange for two letters of reference to be sent to the DESY human resource department by using our online tool: Additional application documents

We look forward to receiving your application via our application portal:

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DESY promotes equal opportunities and diversity. The professional development of women is very important to us and therefore we strongly encourage women to apply for the vacant position. Applications from severely disabled persons will be given preference if they are equally qualified.

You can find further information here:

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Notkestraße 85
22607 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392

Deadline for applications: