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Research Scientist in Stochastic Thermodynamics

University of Luxembourg
Closing date
25 Mar 2024

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Job Type
Postdoctoral, Researcher
Employment - Hours
Full time

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The University | About us...

The University of Luxembourg is an international research university with a distinctly multilingual and interdisciplinary character. The University was founded in 2003 and counts more than 6,700 students and more than 2,000 employees from around the world. The University's faculties and interdisciplinary centres focus on research in the areas of Computer Science and ICT Security, Materials Science, European and International Law, Finance and Financial Innovation, Education, Contemporary and Digital History. In addition, the University focuses on cross-disciplinary research in the areas of Data Modelling and Simulation as well as Health and System Biomedicine. Times Higher Education ranks the University of Luxembourg #3 worldwide for its "international outlook," #20 in the Young University Ranking 2021 and among the top 250 universities worldwide.

The Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine (FSTM) contributes multidisciplinary expertise in the fields of Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, Life Sciences and Medicine. Through its dual mission of teaching and research, the FSTM seeks to generate and disseminate knowledge and train new generations of responsible citizens, in order to better understand, explain and advance society and environment we live in.

The Physics and Materials Science Department (DPhyMS) is embedded within the Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine (FSTM). DPhyMS hosts 19 active research groups, which have an excellent international reputation and work on a broad range of fundamental and applied topics (quantum science and technology, statistical physics and machine learning, chemical physics, soft and living matter, photovoltaics - sustainable energy, spectroscopy and functional materials). The joint efforts of experimental and theoretical groups from this department result in breakthrough discoveries published in top-level international journals, multiple prestigious European and National grants, and in scientific collaborations with academic and industrial partners.

The University of Luxembourg (UL) invites candidates to apply for a Research Scientist position in the field of Stochastic Thermodynamics of Electrochemical Systems currently open at the Physics and Materials Science department (DPhyMS).

Your Role...

You will be a member of the Complex Systems and Statistical Mechanics (CSSM) group at DPhyMS, FSTM, working under the supervision of the group leader Prof. Massimiliano Esposito.

The applicant should:

  • Be active and engaged in research activity and projects of the research group CSSM by developing original and innovative contributions
  • Have an advanced knowledge of statistical physics and thermodynamics of chemical reaction networks
  • Advanced experience in numerical simulations: Gillespie, Poisson-Nernst-Planck equation, active phase separation
  • Participate actively in the supervision of junior group members (PhD students and Postdoctoral researchers)
  • Contribute to teaching

What we expect from you…

The ideal candidate hired by the University should be a creative and motivated teacher-researcher with:

  • Excellent analytical and numerical skills
  • Solid and broad knowledge of Theoretical Physics
  • Detailed knowledge of Stochastic Thermodynamics and Chemical Reaction Network Theory
  • Advanced experience in numerically simulating stochastic processes and in numerically solving partial differential equations for fields (e.g. Poisson-Nernst-Planck equation, reaction-diffusion)
  • A high-quality PhD in Theoretical Physics and demonstrates excellent scientific achievements
  • Leadership qualities and research supervision experience
  • Commitment and capacity to critical thinking and good research ethics
  • Leadership, autonomy and integrity
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Openness to interdisciplinary research and commitment to teamwork

How to apply...

Applications should include:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation
  • Record of research work, record of teaching experience, including but not limited to:
    • List of publications
    • List of research projects executed
    • List of teaching activities

Early application is highly encouraged, as the applications will be processed upon reception. Please apply ONLINE formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered.

The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

General information:

  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Internal Title: Research scientist
  • Job Reference: UOL06294 / DPHYMS



The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international, multilingual and interdisciplinary character. She fosters the cross-fertilization of research and teaching, is relevant to her country, is known worldwide for her research and teaching in targeted areas, and becomes an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education. Her core asset is her well connected world-class academic staff which will attract the most motivated, talented and creative students and young researchers who will learn to enjoy taking up challenges and develop into visionary thinkers able to shape society.


The University of Luxembourg, a small-sized institution with an international reach, aims at excellence in research and education. In a reduced number of research fields identified by its successive strategic plans, its ambition is to be among the world's top universities. University of Luxembourg intends to be innovative, centred on research, primarily interested in the quality of the structure it offers to its students, its teachers and its researchers and attentive to the needs of the society around it. It contributes to turning out discerning and independent personalities with strong potential for action in research, innovation and in society.

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