Materials Surface Scientist

  • Salary: Competitive
  • REF Number: 00056375
  • Consultant: Sarah Farrow
  • Contact: 0191 3706486
  • Date Published: 04.12.2023
  • Closed Date: 20.02.2024
  • Sector: Materials Science
  • Location: Seaham, North East
  • Discipline: Research & Development

CK Group are recruiting for a Materials Surface Scientist on behalf of an innovative developer of microgroove solar technology products, to be based at their site in Seaham on a permanent basis.

About the company:

Our client has proven its unique micro-groove solar technology in >200cm2 modules, which contain over 80,000 individual solar cells, in its pilot facility in the North East of England. They are now working with world leading research partners to further improve and scale-up this new innovative technology to market.

About the role:

The main purpose of this role is to optimise the interfaces between materials in photovoltaic devices. The role will involve the selection and use of appropriate materials and device characterisation techniques for the development of PV technology.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Selection of and optimisation of materials and processes fit for the substrates, with the focus on interfaces, for stable and efficient devices
  • Working with a cross functional team, including Perovskite Physicist, Perovskite Chemist, Encapsulation and Vacuum Coating Scientists to optimise the device materials stack
  • Working alongside the engineering team to scale up the technology
  • Driving the development process through detailed characterisation of the thin films, devices and interfaces, in working alongside the wider team
  • Identifying, planning and leading external collaborations
  • Planning and implementing resources
  • Planning, managing and reporting on development trials in a timely manner
  • Oversite of large data sets and identification of trends and conclusions
  • Keeping up to date with relevant research literature and technical breakthroughs in the field
  • Developing and improving internal / external testing regimes
  • Preparing and implementing relevant H&S documentation (e.g. COSHH assessments and Risk Assessments)
  • Creating and implementing process documentation such as SOPs and testing protocols
  • Identifying and capturing IP

About you:

To be considered for the position, you should ideally have the following skills and experience:

  • Qualified to PhD or EngD (or possess equivalent experience) in interface engineering for optoelectronics
  • Possess relevant laboratory experience of photovoltaics (or similar field) development with the focus on interface engineering
  • Competence in material characterization using methods including but not limited to XRD, Ellipsometry, EIS, Contact angle, UV-Vis-NIR, FTIR, Raman, PL, XPS, UPS, TEM, SEM, AFM, EDX, profilometry etc.
  • Experience in a broad range of characterisation techniques suitable for perovskite solar cells and modules, including accelerated ageing tests.
  • PerovskiteInterface/Perovskite stability experience
  • Knowledge of Self-assembled monolayers and other Surface Chemistry expertise

The following skills would be beneficial but not essential:

  • Experience of working with flexible substrates, such as PET, particularly in R2R processes.
  • Good understanding of industrial requirements towards optoelectronics manufacturing processes, including supply chain and mass production.


It is essential that applicants hold entitlement to workin the UK. Please quote job reference 56375 in all correspondence.

We'll store this in session so if you're applying for multiple jobs today so you can use this as a base.

Read our privacy policy Cancel