Luxembourg Institute of Science & Technology
March 20, 2023
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Are you passionate about research? So are we! Come and join us

The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is a Research and Technology Organization (RTO) active in the fields of materials, environment and IT. By transforming scientific knowledge into technologies, smart data and tools, LIST empowers citizens in their choices, public authorities in their decisions and businesses in their strategies.

https: // www. list.lu/

You ‘d like to contribute as a researcher? Join our Materials Research

and Technology department

Through its research into advanced materials and processes, the “Materials Research and Technology” (MRT) department, with its 200 researchers and engineers, contributes to the emergence of enabling technologies that underpin the innovation processes of local and international industry. MRT's activities hinge on four thematic pillars: nanomaterials and nanotechnology, scientific instrumentation and process technology, structural composites, and functional polymers.

The department also includes four high-tech platforms, focusing on composites, prototyping, characterization and testing. These platforms serve both LIST research staff, and other stakeholders in Luxembourg.


How will you contribute?

The Advanced Instrumentation for Nano-Analytics (AINA) group within the MRT department at LIST is launching the OPINCHARGE project funded by the Horizon Europe program. The project is coordinated by LIST and brings together 10 world-leading research and technology organizations across Europe. The project aims to develop advanced characterization methods and tools to investigate solid-state interfaces in Li-ion batteries under operando or in-situ conditions at unprecedented level of detail. In this context, the AINA group is looking for a highly motivated and talented candidate to perform their doctoral research within the framework of the OPINCHARGE project. The successful PhD student will be trained by experienced scientists & engineers and be granted access to state-of-the-art infrastructure to perform cutting- edge research.

The PhD student will use ion and electron beam-based prototype nanoanalytical instruments developed in-house for performing operando and in-situ analysis of battery interfaces. Nanoscale chemical imaging of lithium and other elements will be performed primarily using Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) imaging technique. A suitable prototype sample holder for operando or in-situ SIMS imaging will be developed. Novel high-speed sparse image acquisition algorithms developed by the project partners will be implemented in one of the prototype SIMS instruments in the AINA group. The PhD student will work towards demonstrating the proof of concept of the new SIMS image acquisition modalities in operando conditions using model battery materials. In consultation with the project leader, the PhD student will design and perform relevant experiments, analyze, and interpret the results, write scientific articles and disseminate the results in international conferences.

must have requirements

Is Your profile described below? Are you our future colleague? Apply


You hold a Master degree in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics or equivalent, combined with a pronounced taste for experiments, team work spirit and strong motivation. You are fluent in English. Additionally, you have an interest in working with prototype instruments, desire to perform experiments with microscopy methods, a general scientific curiosity and a passion for innovation. You're the one we're looking for!

We offer

Your LIST benefits

An organization with a passion for impact and strong RDI partnerships in Luxembourg and Europe that works on responsible and independent research projects;

Sustainable by design, empowering our belief that we play an essential role in paving the way to a green society;

Innovative infrastructures and exceptional labs occupying more than 5,000 square metres, including innovations such as our Viswall, high-scale incubators and top of the range 3D/4D printings that are part of our toolkit for excelling in all we do;

Multicultural and international work environment with more than 45 nationalities represented in our workforce;

Diverse and inclusive work environment empowering our people to fulfil their personal and professional ambitions;

Gender-friendly environment with multiple actions to attract, develop and retain women in science;

A competitive salary combined with 32 days paid annual leave, 11 public holidays, flexible working hours, 13-month salary, statutory health insurance and access to lunch vouchers;

Personalized learning programme to foster our staff's soft and technical skills;

An environment encouraging curiosity, innovation and entrepreneurship in all areas.

Apply online

https: // www. list.lu/en/jobs/

Your application must include:

  • A motivation letter oriented towards the position and detailing your experience;
  • A transcript of records of the grades obtained during the Master and Bachelor degree;
  • A scientific CV with contact details;
  • Contact details of 2 references.
  • Application procedure and conditions:

  • LIST is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to hiring and retaining diverse personnel. We value all applicants and will consider all competent candidates for employment without regard to national origin, race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, religion, age or disability;
  • Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled;
  • An assessment committee will review the applications and select candidates based on guidelines that aim to ensure equal opportunities;
  • The main criteria for selection will be the correspondence of the existing skills and expertise of the applicant with the requirements mentioned above.
  • PhD additional conditions:

    Supervisor at LIST: Dr. Santhana ESWARA ([email protected])

    Work location: Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Belvaux, Luxembourg

    PhD enrolment: University of Luxembourg, Belval, Luxembourg

    Candidates shall be available for starting their position in June 2023. Please note the university costs are at the charge of the student.


    To be considered for this position it is crucial that you have knowledge of the following languages

  • Read C1 Advanced
  • Write C1 Advanced

    Speak C1 Advanced


    The following languages are optional but are considered a plus.

  • Read B1 Intermediate
  • Write B1 Intermediate

    Speak B1 Intermediate

  • Read B1 Intermediate
  • Write B1 Intermediate

    Speak B1 Intermediate

  • Read B1 Intermediate
  • Write B1 Intermediate

    Speak B1 Intermediate

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