LEAD RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATE IN THE FIELD OF SPACE RESOURCES MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY (M/F)
Your work environment
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 will be part of ESRIC
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.
When it comes to research and testing facilities, ESRIC will collaborate closely with the Materials Research and Technology (MRT) department of LIST. The current position will be part of a new ESRIC research unit that will initially be embedded in the MRT department to have access to a fully developed research environment.
The primary objective of this new unit is to research, develop and improve the understanding and performance of processes enabling the utilization of space resources with a primary focus on the Moon. Lunar regolith as well as the ice from permanently shadowed regions are abundant sources of hydrogen, oxygen and metals that need to be smartly treated taking into account advanced processing technologies.
What you will be doing
The ESRIC research unit is recruiting a Lead Research & Technology Associate in the field of materials chemistry/processing applied to space resources. He/she will develop innovative chemical/physical technologies enabling the in-space processing, refining and usage (as raw materials, feedstock or consumables) of space resources. This could also include the development and use of appropriate simulants.
The successful candidate should be a recognized researcher in her/his field. Her/his main missions are:
- to promote the RDI group activities and recognition at national and international level by developing scientific and technological cooperation networks as well as partnerships with industries and institutions (e.g. ESA) that lead to research projects / programs and long-term collaborations
- to secure funding through project acquisition at national and international level
- to lead the definition of and to manage as PI a sustainable project portfolio, ranging from fundamental to industry-applied research. These projects will focus primarily on hydrogen, water and metals processing from lunar regolith simulants.
- supervising post-doc researchers and PhD students participating in these projects
- to lead and promote the development of strong collaborations with other members of the ESRIC research unit, other MRT units and department
- to contribute to the development of Research & Technology activities in LIST.
- to lead and promote the dissemination, valorisation and transfer of RDI results (patents, licences, prototypes, publications, technical reports, participation in conferences) and publish scientific results in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.
- participating in the management of the unit’s laboratories and taking charge of some of the unit’s instrument, including fulfilling the equipment quality and compliance follow-up and training the users
- reporting to the unit leader
To carry out diligently this mission, the selected candidate should have both an outstanding academic background and a very strong record of accomplishments regarding publications, patents and project management. Significant experience with application-oriented research is a requirement, including collaboration(s) with industry and transfer of RDI results to public and/or private partners.
What we require
- PhD in Materials Science, Physical-Chemistry Science, Chemistry processing or related field
- Minimum 10 years after PhD completion
- Strong knowledge and expertise on materials chemistry processing, using wet and dry techniques, targeting the generation of elemental/molecular chemicals and raw materials, together with the underlying science of raw-materials post-processing
- Strong expertise in space technology development
- Demonstrated capability to cover the complete value chain from chemical engineering to performance demonstration at functional materials level
- Evidence of remarkable research productivity (publications, patents, project reports, technology transfer) is mandatory
- A team player with the ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
- Robust track record of independently conceiving, executing and successfully completing fundamental as well as application-oriented research projects, and developing industrial partnerships, is essential
- The following additional competencies would be considered strong assets:
- Experience supervising graduate students and post-doctoral researchers
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Ability to effectively mentor and coordinate the efforts of multiple collaborators
What ESRIC and LIST offer
You will join a small and dynamic team with a daring growth objective. 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.
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