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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 technology infrastructures, focusing on composites, prototyping, characterization and testing; serving both LIST research staff, and other stakeholders in Luxembourg.


How will you contribute?

Quantum Computing Technologies (QCT) constitute a complex and rapidly evolving field, with significant advances occurring on a monthly basis. In MRT, we intend to launch an ambitious initiative on QCT by setting a new group dedicated to engineered defects in wide bandgap semiconductors (WBGSCs). These defects should be optically active and interact with each other in order to produce the desired entangled states and to manipulate them. 

MRT has experts on growth of a wide range of materials, as well as experience in ion implantation. MRT also has experience on WBGSCs and particularly on oxides and on theoretical simulation tools to predict their properties, including the behavior of defects. WBGSCs are also promising materials for Quantum sensing applications, which should lead to additional activities in the group and in the department. 

The new group leader will have to set up the activities by taking advantage of MRT’s assets, such as our clean room equipped with world class equipment (ALD, CVD, lithography, metal deposition, patterning advanced technologies), characterization labs on optical and electrical properties and a world class characterization platform with its experts on SIMS, XPS, XRD, SEM and TEM together with unique capabilities of prototyping complex systems. 

The new group leader will be in charge of setting up not only the lab and its future activities of the lab, but also the recruitment and management of future young or established researchers. 

As Group Leader, you are responsible – in accordance with your Head of Unit – for the overall management, coordination, development and performance of your group. In this framework, your main missions are:

Define and Implement the group’s strategy:

  • Define and propose, to the Head of Unit, an RDI strategy for the group, aligned with the unit and MRT strategies and with LIST’s missions as an RTO;
  • Ensure the implementation of the RDI group’s strategy and business plan;
  • Ensure that the RDI group’s contribution to the Nanotechnology unit’s performance indicators is achieved;
  • Increase the impact and visibility of the group’s and unit’s RDI domain at the European level.

Manage the group:

  • Take the lead on overall management, coordination and performance follow-up on the research group;
  • Lead a multicultural and multidisciplinary team of researchers and create a stimulating and satisfying work environment within the group, assume the operational responsibility of the group’s human resources;
  • Manage the portfolio of associated projects and activities related to the group;
  • Guarantee the professional execution of the RDI projects of the group;
  • Lead the definition of large-scale research and technology projects as Principal Investigator and manage it, in particular within EU programs and with industry;
  • Promote interdisciplinary collaboration with other RDI groups of the department;
  • Be hierarchically the person responsible for the group members and assume the operational responsibility of the group’s human resources;
  • Ensure the financial follow-up of the group’s performances;
  • Assist the Head of Unit in reporting tasks and other administrative activities.

 Ensure the group’s dissemination, valorisation and transfer of RDI results:

  • Develop the valorisation of the group’s outcome in terms of publications, patents, licenses, prototypes production, spin-offs;
  • Develop external collaborations, partnerships and networks.

 Expand scientific excellence and technological watch:

  • Besides these responsibilities and missions, as Group Leader, you shall continue to build your scientific and technological knowledge and directly contribute to projects relying on your high level of expertise.

must have requirements

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

You hold a PhD degree in Materials Science or Experimental Physics, combined to a pronounced taste for experiments, team work spirit and strong motivation with ideally 10 to 12 years’ experience after your PhD. You have at least 3 years of successful experience in RDI management.

You have an outstanding track-record in the field of quantum computing materials, ideally in the field of defects engineering in crystalline materials and preferably a recognized experience of wide bandgap semiconductors. 

You have reached the R3 researcher level, as defined by the European Commission. It means that you are an established researcher, who has developed a certain level of independence. In particular, you can form research consortia and secure research funding / budgets / resources from research councils or industry. 

  • Have demonstrated prior leadership experience;
  • Possess excellent skills in strategic planning, organization and decision-making; 
  • Have a proven success in multiannual RDI projects and experience as Principal Investigator of projects;
  • Show evidence of remarkable research productivity (like publications, patents, project reports, technology transfer);
  • Be a strong team player with the ability to work with a diverse range of colleagues in an international environment;
  • Confirm a track record of conceiving, executing and successfully completing fundamental as well as application-oriented research projects, and developing industrial partnerships;
  • Be fluent in English both spoken and written.

nice to have requirements

The following additional skills would be considered as strong assets:

  • Experience supervising graduate students and post-doctoral researchers;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills e.g. in publications, patents, reports, presentations and/or proposals;
  • Ability to effectively mentor and coordinate the efforts of multiple collaborators;
  • Knowledge of French, German and / or Luxembourgish.

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;

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 B2 Upper intermediate
    Write B2 Upper intermediate
    Speak B2 Upper intermediate
  • Read B2 Upper intermediate
    Write B2 Upper intermediate
    Speak B2 Upper intermediate
  • Read B2 Upper intermediate
    Write B2 Upper intermediate
    Speak B2 Upper intermediate
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Required work experience in years
10 or more years
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