Luxembourg Institute of Science & Technology
July 17, 2024
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Temporary contract 14+22 (+12) months Belvaux

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.

Do you want to know more about LIST? Check our website: https: // www. list.lu/

Discover our Materials department: https: // www. list.lu/en/materials/

How will you contribute?

LIST and GOODYEAR signed the second phase of their partnership, 2024-2029, building on the outcomes of their previous collaboration and entering new technological areas as well.

GOODYEAR-LIST partnership 2.0 embraces Luxembourg's National priorities, such as Sustainability, Digital transformation and Circular economy, through the execution of six Strategic Research Programs: Data Science for Tires, Tire as a Sensor, End-of-Life Tire Valorization, Sustainable Materials for Non- Pneumatic Tires, Sustainable Materials for Next Generation of Pneumatic Tires, Structure-Process-Properties Relationships.

We are seeking to recruit a PhD student interested in developing innovative molecular analyses and imaging strategies for rubber composites.

The PhD research project will be carried out within the framework of large public-private partnership (PPP) project devoted to the development of new rubber technologies. It is tailored around the development and interpretation of spatially-resolved measurements of targeted ingredients of interest such as organosulfur compounds in a highly complex matrix.

They are considered as reactive in the rubber industry with the given mixing/curing conditions, and thus they can react with the polymer matrix and/or the filler surface. Advanced imaging technologies such as mass spectrometry imaging represent one key application for achieving the project's objectives. The development of analytical strategies will namely be based on existing (ESI, APCI, APPI) and emerging plasma or laser assisted ionization techniques.

In this role, you will work with a multinational and multidisciplinary team of highly skilled scientists and engineers. This is a great opportunity to acquire highly valued skills in the application of multiple characterization techniques, including Mass spectrometry imaging (MSI), TOF-SIMS imaging, NMR spectroscopy, and chromatography.

When you join the team, you are responsible for designing your project and perform relevant experiments, analyse and interpret the results to meet defined objectives. The Molecular and Thermal Analyses (MTA) group actively promotes active dissemination of research results.

You are expected to publish first author papers in Q1 journals and give oral presentations to international conferences. Through the project consortium you will gain access to a strong link with industrial collaborators.

25% of the time of the PhD Thesis will be spent at the industrial site during the project.

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


You hold a master's degree in chemistry, analytical chemistry, polymer science, or related fields with a strong interest in characterization, method development, data interpretation and statistics.

Basic knowledge and practical experience in Mass Spectrometry (chromatography) analysis and imaging (MALDI MSI) are considered as a strong asset.

You want to fuel your passion for sustainability by leveraging your expertise in polymer and molecular characterizations.

You are fluent in English (both written and oral).

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 in all that we do

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

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

· Multicultural and international work environment with more than 50 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

· 32 days' paid annual leave, 11 public holidays, 13-month salary, statutory health insurance

· Flexible working hours, home working policy and access to lunch vouchers

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Your application must include:

· A motivation letter oriented towards the position and detailing your experience

· A scientific CV with contact details

· List of publications (and patents, if applicable)

· Contact details of 2 references

Application procedure and conditions

We kindly request applicants to provide their nationality for statistical purposes only, as part of our commitment to promoting diversity and ensuring equal opportunities in our workforce. This information will be kept confidential and will not be used for any discriminatory purposes.

LIST is dedicated to maintaining an inclusive work environment and is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to attracting, hiring, and retaining a diverse workforce. All applicants will be considered for employment without discrimination based on national origin, race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, religion, age, or disability.

Applications will be continuously reviewed until the position is filled. An assessment committee will thoroughly evaluate applications, adhering to guidelines designed to ensure equal opportunities. The primary criteria for selection will be the alignment of the applicant's existing skills and expertise with the requirements mentioned above.

PhD additional conditions:

· Supervisor at LIST: Dr. Gilles Frache (LIST),

· Co-supervision: Dr Tobias Dier (Goodyear)

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

· PhD enrolment: University of Luxembourg, Belval, Luxembourg

Your master diploma must be recognized in Luxembourg. Please refer to:

https: // www. uni.lu/en/admissions/diploma-recognition/

https: // guichet.public.lu/fr/citoyens/enseignement-formation/etudes- superieures/reconnaissance-diplomes.html


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

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