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Are you passionate about space resources? So are we!

The European Space Resources Innovation Centre (ESRIC) is a joint initiative of the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST). ESRIC aims to become an internationally recognized centre of expertise for scientific, technical, business and economic aspects related to the use of space resources for human and robotic exploration, as well as for a future in-space economy. 

You‘d like to contribute as a researcher? Join us!

ESRIC is a brand-new initiative with challenging objectives and evolving in a rapidly changing international environment. Being part of this new adventure and contributing to build successful activities with ESRIC’s partners is common to all ESRIC’s positions. 

ESRIC is implemented as a department of LIST, with a dedicated governance structure that includes its partners LSA, ESA and LIST. It is conducting activities along four main areas: Research and testing facilities, Business support and incubation, Knowledge management, and Community management. 


How will you contribute?

You will define, implement and contribute to studies and collaborative projects on the ISRU end-to-end value chain for different use cases, work on harmonization/standardization matters, identify knowledge gaps and contribute to the development of technology roadmaps. The following tasks will be part of your daily work:

  • Contribute to use case definition for ISRU derived products;
  • Define, implement and contribute to ISRU value chain analysis studies and end-to-end projects for selected use cases;
  • Work on harmonization and interface standardization issues;
  • Implement activities and studies aimed at integrating space resources into future space exploration mission architectures;
  • Support the identification of related cooperation opportunities with European and international partners;
  • Analyse the space resources value chain and identify opportunities for engaging new organisations in ground- and space-based R&D activities;
  • Contribute to the identification and assessment of potential commercial applications derived from space resources related technologies;
  • Identify knowledge gaps and critical technologies for all the areas addressed by the various ESRIC research teams and establish and maintain an overall technology maturation plan;
  • Support knowledge management activities of ESRIC and contribute to technology roadmap development;
must have requirements

Is your profile described below? Are you our future colleague? Apply now!in us!  

  • PhD in a field related to space or terrestrial resources;
  • 3-5 years of professional experience after PhD, preferably in a field connected to space or terrestrial resources;
  • Experience in system engineering and interdisciplinary research & development;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, flexible and able to adapt;
  • Excellent command of English is a must, good knowledge of German and French is an asset.
We offer

What ESRIC and LIST can offer

You will join the new ESRIC research unit that is embedded in the MRT department during a first incubation phase. In a second phase, this unit will move to ESRIC while continuing to collaborate scientifically and technically with the MRT department. 

ESRIC has an ambitious development plan over the next years, adding further partners and expanding its activities. The team that you will be joining is expected to grow quickly with the possibility to see ESRIC evolve towards a self-standing entity in a few years. 

Has this vacancy caught your interest?

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To know more about ESRIC activities: www.esric.lu

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:

  • 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.


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 B2 Upper intermediate
    Write B2 Upper intermediate
    Speak B2 Upper intermediate
  • Read B2 Upper intermediate
    Write B2 Upper intermediate
    Speak B2 Upper intermediate
minimum required Education
Required work experience in years
3 or more years
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