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Are you passionate about research? So are we! Come and join us

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 an engineer? 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 ERIN's Environmental and Industrial Biotechnologies (BIOTECH) unit. This RDI unit has developed expertise in:

• proofing new concepts using metabolic engineering and integrative biology approaches for the production of biomolecules of industrial interest produced by plants or microorganisms;

• developing new technologies and processes to control, treat and remediate environmental pollutions, with a focus on microorganism-based biotechnologies;

• developing bio-process engineering solutions to convert organic resources into energy and molecules for industry. 

The BIOTECH unit carries out impact-driven research geared to the development of bio-based products and processes of industrial interest, new biorefinery concepts for more efficient and sustainable processes, and new technologies for the detection and treatment of environmental pollution. 

The selected candidate will more specifically join the Biosystems and Bioprocessing Engineering group. The team’s main RDI activities relate to the optimization of the biomass conversion technologies and more specifically through the process of anaerobic digestion. We put strong focus on the characterisation of microorganisms and identification of specific microbes of potential industrial relevance. 


How will you contribute?

We are looking for a skilled and highly motivated laboratory engineer trained in the molecular biology and applied microbiology domains. The successful candidate will contribute to the everyday laboratory activities in the specified fields, having as main missions:

• support activities in the domain of applied microbiology such as setting experiments and operation of laboratory scale anaerobic reactors;

• participate to field work and sampling of full-scale biogas or wastewater units;

• manage technical aspects related to a molecular biology laboratory, including the management of equipment, ordering of chemicals, management of stocks;

• isolate and characterise microbial strains using biochemical assays, PCR, sequencing, sequence analyses, etc;

• participate in the sample preparation for molecular analyses, including DNA/RNA extractions, PCRs, library preps for high-throughput sequencing, plasmid isolation, etc;

• participate in biochemical analyses;

• participate in technical meetings;

• support the preparation of project reports, publications or patent drafts;

• participate in the data management of the group and the department.

must have requirements

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

You have a Master/Engineer degree in biological sciences or bioengineering with a strong background in (applied) microbiology and molecular biology.

You have at least two years of professional experience in a molecular/microbiology laboratory. On top of this you also have:

• significant hands-on experience in applied microbiology (culture of bacteria, basic molecular biology tools including: DNA and RNA extraction, PCR, gene cloning, plasmid purification, etc. );

• excellent technical reporting skills;

• customer and result oriented attitude;

• contributed to the acquisition of funding to develop technical expertise;

• the ability to adapt to changing priorities according to the results of the project or priorities of the partner;

• team player spirit in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment.

nice to have requirements

The experiences listed below are considered as an asset:

• previous experience with high-throughput sequencing and library preparation as well as cultivation of microbes, including anaerobic species (fermentative growth);

• experience in biochemical analyses.

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
  • 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
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Required work experience in years
2 or more years
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