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1. Postdoctoral position in Optical design @ PROMES-CNRS

General information

Offer title : Post-doctoral position in optical design, simulation and optimization of coatings by evolutionary algorithms for solar thermal energy applications (M/W)

Reference : UPR8521-AUDSOU-001
Number of position : 1
Workplace : Perpignan, Odeillo or Montpellier
Date of publication : 22 September 2023
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 1 November 2023
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : From €2900 gross per month, adjustable according to experience
Desired level of education : Level 8 – (Doctorate)
Experience required : Indifferent
Section(s) CN : Physical theories: methods, models and applications


The hired person will carry out theoretical work and numerical experiments involving the design, simulation and optical optimization of thin film architectures using evolutionary algorithms for solar thermal energy applications.

Solar thermal technologies rely on the collection of the solar radiation to generate heat (by heating a fluid) that can be used for domestic, residential and industrial purposes. If solar irradiance is concentrated using mirrors, this heat can in turn be used to produce electricity via a turbine. These technologies call for optically efficient components with complex and sometimes conflicting optical behaviors. In particular, the solar receiver should be highly absorbing in the solar range (0.28 – 4 µm) to harvest as much solar radiation as possible, but also lowly emissive in the infrared range (1 – 50 µm) to limit radiative thermal losses. This spectral selectivity can be achieved using multilayered coating architectures, associating lowly emissive (e.g. metals) and highly absorptive materials (e.g. dielectric/ metal/dielectric multilayers or metal-ceramic composites), that need to be optically designed and optimized in terms of layer thicknesses and compositions, to guarantee their high optical performance.
A judicious preselection of materials is also paramount, as the solar receivers should also be resistant to harsh operating conditions such as high temperatures, high solar irradiation, oxidant and erosive atmospheres and high thermomechanical stress for long durations, while remaining optically efficient.

Moreover, the hybridization of photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar thermal (CST) technologies takes advantage of the low cost of PV electrical production and the thermal storage of CST to address the intermittency of the solar resource, producing electricity and heat on demand. A solution for PV/CST hybridization is the “PV mirror” configuration, where PV cells are installed on concentrators to produce electricity, and thermal absorbers are placed at their focus to produce heat (that can be used as such or converted into electricity). This configuration relies on spectrally selective mirror coatings deposited on the PV cells, playing the role of transparent antireflective layer for the cell where the latter is the most efficient (e.g. 0.4 – 1.1 µm for Si) and selective mirror reflecting the remaining solar irradiation towards the CST receiver (e.g. 0.28 – 0.4 µm and 1.1 – 4 µm). The CST receiver selective coating can also be readapted to better absorb the truncated solar spectrum.

PROMES-CNRS laboratory specializes in the development of theoretical and experimental solutions for concentrated solar thermal technologies, on all levels. PROMES has been developing solar selective absorber coatings for more than 10 years (LabEx SOLSTICE research topic “Plasma coatings for CSP and Hybrid CSP plants”, ANR projects ASTORIX and NANOPLAST, including: i) their optical design and optimization with an in-house code called COPS (Solar Performance Optimization Code) based on the calculation of Fresnel coefficients from spectral refractive indices and the transfer matrix method, coupled with natural optimization strategies (A. Grosjean, PhD thesis); ii) their plasma synthesis, characterization and aging assessment. More recently, PROMES has also started a study on selective mirrors (SelHySol PhD thesis and project Région Occitanie/Univ. Perpignan, with financial support from LabEx Solstice), using a new and improved version of the COPS software deployed on Python by A. Grosjean and based on a differential evolution optimization algorithm developed at Clermont Auvergne University for photonic structures. A new dedicated 24-core dual processor server is now implemented for even faster calculation.

  • Contribute to the critical literature review on candidate materials and COPS refractive index database existing at PROMES, to enlarge the selection of potential materials to be investigated by optical modeling for CST applications
  • Further investigate and fine tune the parametrization of COPS evolutionary optimization algorithms for specific and complex thin film architectures intended for energy applications (PV mirrors, selective absorbers for solar thermal and concentrated solar thermal, silverless mirrors, low-e coatings, etc.) and compare them with other optimization algorithms
  • Investigate the influence of the physical parameters of the problem (nature and order of thin layers, cut-off wavelength(s) for the selective behavior, light incidence angle, performance criteria, etc.)
  • Investigate the optimization of coating solutions considering the optical behavior of experimentally synthesized materials at PROMES lab (NANOPLAST and SelHySol projects) in collaboration with a research engineer and a PhD candidate
  • Contribute to COPS deployment by updating the project on GitHub, making code improvements, creating a user-friendly GUI, adding new functionalities such as solving 2D/3D Maxwell equations
  • Share and communicate the work carried out: write reports and scientific articles, present in project meetings and at national and international conferences

Knowledge of optics, photonics, materials science and/or algorithms is required.
Basic knowledge of Python or a similar programming language would be highly appreciated.
Knowledge of French would be useful, but is not mandatory.

Work Context

PROMES-CNRS laboratory specializes in the development of theoretical and experimental solutions for concentrated solar thermal technologies, on all levels. The hired person will be part of the Materials for Energy and Space research theme (MEE,

As this post-doctorate is funded by the SOLSTICE Laboratory of Excellence (, the quality and relevance of the shortlisted candidate’s application will then be assessed by the LabEx steering committee, which reserves the right to grant or refuse funding. It is therefore essential for the candidate to have skills and experiences matching the job profile. Salary will depend on the level of experience.

The hired person may be based in either of the two sites of PROMES laboratory (Perpignan or Odeillo), or at EPF in Montpellier, as they choose. Regular travel (financed) between the two laboratory sites, as well as to Montpellier, is to be expected.

The position is located in a sector under the protection of scientific and technical potential (PPST), and therefore requires, in accordance with the regulations, that your arrival is authorized by the competent authority of the MESR.

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2. Postdoctoral position in Materials Science @ IMN Nantes

General information

Reference : UMR6502-ANTGOU-004
Workplace : NANTES
Date of publication : May 30, 2022
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 15 months
Expected date of employment : September 2022
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : ca : 3000 € / month gross salary
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : Indifferent

  • Taking in charge the IMN experimental part of the ANR NANOPLAST project on the electron microscopy and XPS spectroscopy aspects.
  • Carrying out the structural, physicochemical and optical characterizations of nanocomposite multilayer stacked films (based on SiC/metal, TaON) and interfaces.
  • Interpreting the experimental results and highlighting these results in relationship to the literature.
  • Writing scientific papers and communicate results in conferences (posters and oral communications). Producing progress reports.

The person recruited will be in charge of the structural characterization by FIB/SEM/TEM electron microscopy and chemical bonding by photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS in and ex situ) of thin films elaborated by the partner laboratories PROMES and ICCF.
In addition, ellipsometry (UV-Vis) coupled with models dedicated to the cross-study of optical/structural properties on nanocomposites will be implemented.

  • PhD in the field of material science (physics and chemistry) characterization of materials, nanomaterials and thin films, transmission electron microscopy.
  • Experience and interest in experimental work.
  • Initiative and rigor.
  • Good command of written and spoken English.
  • Ability to communicate and promote research (participation in conferences, poster presentations, oral presentations, writing of scientific articles).
  • Ability to work in a team and in project mode.
Work Context

The recruited post-doc fellow will be located at the Institut Jean ROUXEL, IMN in Nantes, which currently brings together more than 130 researchers (chemists, physicists, materials engineers from the CNRS and the University of Nantes), administrative and technical staff, and 90 contractual research staff. Through the design and characterization of new materials, the laboratory’s approach leads to the optimization of a wide range of properties for targeted applications.