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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.
You will be part of the LIST Materials Research and Technology department
As part of a Research and Technology Organization (RTO), the Materials Research and Technology (MRT) Department develops science-based Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) that underpin a wide range of products in strategic EU value chains and provide innovative solutions to societal challenges. MRT mainly addressed three EU KETs: Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials and Advanced Manufacturing and focused its scientific research on “new or improved” materials that provide a distinct performance advantage in comparison to the commonly used materials. Activities embrace the research, development, production or integration of advanced materials and equipment or system dedicated to the synthesis and the characterization of such materials. KETs having applications in multiple industries in both emerging and traditional sectors, this approach is particularly suitable for Luxembourg which features a significant number of large, medium-size and small industrial companies covering a broad range of sectors (transport, electronic, energy, cleantech, glass, buildings, cosmetics, metallurgy, space, equipment processing/engineering, health tech and others, etc.). MRT aims at being active all along the materials value chain (from Raw Materials to semi-finished to end-products) that includes advanced capabilities in mature manufacturing, and the materials integration into advanced product technologies truly enabling the industrial innovation.
In particular, MRT research focuses on advanced materials and processing paving the way for disruptive technologies in hydrogen energy, autonomous IoT, adaptive digitalized manufacturing, transient electronics, smart biosensors, fully-recyclable bio-based materials, lightweight structural composites and space resources.
LIST is a Research and Technology Organization (RTO) that is strongly project and team-oriented. Consequently, the researcher should be comfortable managing a broad range of research projects from fundamental to industrial. These projects will focus primarily on functional / smart polymeric materials, polymer composites and fibres, their compounding and extrusion and the final 3D/4D printed objects, as well as relevant structural, rheological and functional characterization tasks and proof-of-concept demonstrations of the real-world / industrial applications of such materials. The researcher is expected to secure funding to pursue such research, to publish scientific articles and patents and to contribute to the development of future research and technology activities. Such efforts should be performed in strong collaboration with other members of the group, the unit and the department.
The researcher should have an excellent academic background and a strong record of accomplishments regarding publications, patents and proposal writing and project management.
- PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Polymer Engineering, or a related field
- Between 6 to 15 years after PhD completion
- Strong expertise in processing, extrusion and additive manufacturing of multifunctional polymeric materials / (nano-)composites together with the underlying polymer science of 3D/4D printed materials is required
- Evidence of significant research productivity (like publications, patents, project reports, technology transfer) is mandatory
- Experience with application-oriented research is considered a strong asset, including collaboration(s) with industry and transfer of RDI results to public and/or private partners
- Track record of independently conceiving, executing and successfully completing projects is essential
- Experience organizing and/or participating in multilateral research consortia (such as EU projects) would be an additional asset
- Experience supervising graduate students and post-doctoral researchers would be a strong asset
- Excellent written and oral communication skills (e.g. in publications, patents, reports, presentations and/or proposals) would be a strong asset
- Ability to effectively mentor and coordinate the efforts of multiple collaborators would be a strong asset
- A team player with the ability to work with a diverse range of colleagues in an international environment is needed
- Strong spoken and written English is mandatory
- Knowledge of French, German and / or Luxembourgish is considered an asset