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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 ‘d like to contribute as a researcher? Join our Environmental Research and Innovation department 

The Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) department, made up of 200 life science, environmental science and information technology researchers and engineers, provides the interdisciplinary knowledge, expertise and technologies to lead solutions including the major environmental challenges facing society, such as climate change mitigation, ecosystem resilience, sustainable energy systems, efficient use of renewable resources, and environmental pollution prevention and control.

The department relies on two cutting-edge platforms, the Biotechnologies and Environmental Analytics Platform and the Observatory for the Climate and the Environment, and the GreenTech Innovation Centre (GTIC): a one-stop-shop for the complete development of bio-based products and processes.

The selected candidate will join the recently established Intelligent and Clean Energy Systems (ICES) research unit and will in particular be involved in its hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation laboratory. The ICES research unit aims to develop ground-breaking market-oriented solutions in the ways in which energy is generated, distributed and consumed, meeting the challenge of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions, ensuring energy security, planning feasible business models and socially outreach advances. 

Essential to the ICES unit is the smart grid vision, namely, an electricity network in which information flows freely between consumers and suppliers, and demand adapts in real-time in response to the continuously changing supply from intermittent renewable sources. The ICES unit however extends this vision toward a wider energy portfolio, integrating other energy infrastructures together to electricity, and providing further abstraction and intelligence levels in the conception of solutions for both planning and operating the energy systems of the future. 

Moreover, in addition to generate impacting solutions addressing society and market needs, this research unit will conduct fundamental research aiming ground-breaking disclosers to remove barriers and introduce revolutionary concepts for planning, developing and operating the Intelligent Clean Energy Systems of the future.   


How will you contribute?

The selected candidate will report directly to the ICES Head of Unit. She/he will be the team referent in charge of the ICES’ HIL-lab in projects development. To this end, we are looking for an engineer with practical experience in grid automation. She/he will participate in research and development projects, having an essential role in:

• Managing and coordinating resources to ensure adequate development of the experiments to be conducted in the lab

• Projecting new experimental deployments, identifying needs and planning works  

• Leading configuration of experiments and setups related to projects, in collaboration with other team members

• Developing experimental setups, solutions and systems in projects together other team members

• Programming controllers and applications in dedicated computational systems (real-time system, networked PLCs, rapid prototyping systems, …) related to evaluation and validation activities in projects

• Collaborating in implementing energy systems models in computational systems, including real-time computers with HIL, dedicated simulation systems, HPC, etc

• Deploying distributed measurement systems based on smart meters, IED, RTU, PMU, and IoT in general

• Operating and maintaining power equipment used in experiments, such as power converters, power amplifiers, power sources, programmable loads, emulators, etc

• Participating in preparing reports, deliverables and publications related to the experimental activities carried out in the lab 

• Ensuring fully operational communication networks in the lab, including both internal communications and links with external entities and setups

• Developing supervision and control systems for automatizing experiments in the lab

• Commissioning and starting up the new systems to be integrated in the lab 

• Practicing with new equipment and systems, and elaborating adequate operational guidelines 

• Guaranteeing right operation and certification of equipment and systems in the lab

• Ensuring high-quality standards in operational and maintenance procedures

• Keeping the lab data-base and the lab archive well organized and updated

• Collaboration with other departments to ensure proper health and safety measures and protocols in the lab

• Caring on minimizing environmental impact of works in the lab according to regulations

• Contributing to the technical content of new research proposals and commercialisation projects

• Supporting the dissemination and publication of the unit’s research results in top ranked scientific journals

Moreover, you will contribute to the dissemination, valorisation and transfer of RDI results through:

• Software licensing

• Participation in the drafting of technical reports, scientific articles, patents and inventions

• Participation in the implementation of technological solutions (proof-of-concepts, prototypes)

must have requirements

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

You hold a Master’s degree in electrical engineering, industrial engineering, automation engineering, or related fields with the required expertise in control and automation of electrical grid. You are expected to have:

• At least 5 years of hands-on experience in grid automation including smart grids, microgrids, distributed generations, etc

• Solid background in configuring and programming controllers and measurements systems for electrical networks, including networked PLCs and computers, RTUs, PMUs, smart-meters, relays, etc

• Experience with standard communication protocols such as IEC 61850, IEC 60870, IEEE C37.118…. 

• Good knowledge of programming languages used in monitoring (SCADA) and control systems, such as C, .Net, Python, and Java 

• Experience with constructing and operating renewable energy systems interfaced to the grid through power converters will be highly appreciated

• Experience with real-time simulators such as OPAL-RT, RDTS, Typhoon is an asset

• Good communication skills

• Demonstrated skills such as communicative and willing to learn, self-organized, and creative

• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in an international team across the ICES RDI unit

We offer

Your LIST experience will be

Passion for impact organisation with strong RDI partnerships in Luxembourg and Europe working on responsible and independent research projects; 

Sustainable by design notably thanks to our task force empowering our belief that we play an essential role in paving the way to a green society;

Innovative infrastructures and exceptional Labs with more than 5,000 square meters, including innovations such as our Viswall, high scale incubators or even top of the range 3D/4D printings that are part of our toolkit for excelling in all we do.

Multicultural and International work environment with more than 45 nationalities represented in our workforce;  

Diverse and inclusive work environment empowering our people in fulfilling their personal and professional ambitions;

Gender friendly environment where multiple actions are made to attract, develop and retain women in Science; 

32 days of paid-holiday, 11 public-holiday, flexible working hours, 13-month salary, state health insurance and lunch vouchers; 

Personalised learning program to foster our people’s soft and technical skills; 

We encourage curiosity, innovation and entrepreneurship sparkling everywhere. 

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Your application must include:

• A motivation letter oriented towards the position and your experience

• A scientific CV, which includes contact details

• Contact of 2 references

Application procedure and conditions:

• LIST is an Equal Opportunity employer and committed to hiring and retaining a diverse personnel. We value all applicants and will consider all competent candidates for employment without regard to national origin, colour, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, religion, age or disability. 

• Applications will be reviewed on-going until the position is filled.

• An assessment committee will review the applications and candidate selection will rely on guidelines that aim to ensure equal opportunities. 

• The main criterion for selection will be the existing skills and expertise of the applicant and matching with the qualifications 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 C1 Advanced
    Write C1 Advanced
    Speak C1 Advanced
  • Read C1 Advanced
    Write C1 Advanced
    Speak C1 Advanced
  • Read C1 Advanced
    Write C1 Advanced
    Speak C1 Advanced
minimum required Education
Required work experience in years
5 or more years
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