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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 Materials Research and Technology department 

Through its research into advanced materials and processes, the “Materials Research and Technology” (MRT) department, with its 200 researchers and engineers, contributes to the emergence of enabling technologies that underpin the innovation processes of local and international industry. MRT’s activities hinge on four thematic pillars: nanomaterials and nanotechnology, scientific instrumentation and process technology, structural composites, and functional polymers.

The department also includes four high-tech platforms, focusing on composites, prototyping, characterization and testing. These platforms serve both LIST research staff, and other stakeholders in Luxembourg.

The postdoctoral researcher will belong to the Ferroic Materials for Transducers group lead by Emmanuel Defay. This project will be part of the Inter-Institutional Research Group (IRG) ‘Physics of Ferroics Materials’ we have with the University of Luxembourg. 


How will you contribute?

Piezoelectric materials can convert mechanical strain in electric signal or induce the movement of a device by applying a voltage. They are extremely useful in microsystems industry as thin films and spread rapidly on all mobile devices (microphone, loudspeakers, acoustic filters, haptic devices). The best piezoelectric thin films contain lead and finding a lead-free alternative has been a long-lasting quest for more than 20 years. Potassium Sodium Niobate (KNN)-based films have attracted attention thanks to excellent piezoelectric properties, as shown by sputtering (Shibata et al., Applied Physics Express, 2008) and more recently by Pulsed Lased Deposition technique (Huajun Liu et al., Science 2020). Several groups have investigated Chemical Solution Deposition (CSD) of KNN, which have not reached properties as competitive as the ones from lead-based films (Kovacova et al. J. Appl. Phys. 2021). At LIST, we have been working on piezoelectric films by CSD method since 2014, from the material synthesis up to the fabrication of actual devices, such as haptic actuators (Glinsek et al., Adv. Funct. Mat. 2020). CSD is interesting because it is cost-effective and a readily scalable method. It also enables rapid composition modifications in comparison with sputtering or PLD. Therefore, we intend to investigate further the potential of KNN-based films processed by CSD. 

In this project, the post doc will prepare Potassium Sodium Niobate (KNN) films by Chemical Solution Deposition method. The composition and microstructures of the fabricated films will be investigated via state-of-the-art characterization tools such as SIMS, XPS, SEM, EDX, TEM, XRD, and XRR, all available at LIST. A special focus will be performed on electrical behaviour including dielectric, impedance spectroscopy, ferroelectric, piezoelectric and pyroelectric characterizations. Finally, these films will be integrated in a vibrating energy harvester, such as the one published in (Godard et al., Cell report Physical Science, 2020). All these tasks will be managed by the posdoctoral researcher.

must have requirements

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

You hold a PhD degree in Materials Science, Physics or Chemistry. 

Additionally, you have: 

  • A proven track record in science (publications and/or patents)
  • Ideally, a demonstrated experience in the fabrication of ceramic films

On the top of this, you are highly motivated and a strong team worker. You are fluent in English. You are the one we are looking for!

We offer

Your LIST benefits

An organization with a passion for impact and strong RDI partnerships in Luxembourg and Europe that works on responsible and independent research projects; 

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

Innovative infrastructures and exceptional labs occupying more than 5,000 square metres, including innovations such as our Viswall, high-scale incubators and 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 to fulfil their personal and professional ambitions;

Gender-friendly environment with multiple actions to attract, develop and retain women in science; 

32 days’ paid annual leave, 11 public holidays, flexible working hours, 13-month salary, statutory health insurance and access to lunch vouchers; 

Personalized learning programme to foster our staff’s soft and technical skills; 

An environment encouraging curiosity, innovation and entrepreneurship in all areas. 

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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
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    Write C1 Advanced
    Speak C1 Advanced


The following languages are optional but are considered a plus.
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    Write C1 Advanced
    Speak C1 Advanced
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