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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 intern? 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.

This internship project is focused on fungal genetics and molecular biology aiming at implementing different steps of the avant-garde genome sequence-independent methods for heterologous expression of intact biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs). Genome sequence-independent methods for heterologous expression of entire BGCs have only been possible recently with the latest advances in molecular biology tools. These methods make use of expression libraries on sheared genomes obtained from environmental DNA or from pure microbial/cell cultures. Therefore, the intern will have the opportunity to develop their skills in modern molecular/synthetic biology techniques whilst working with fascinating filamentous fungi.

This internship is proposed to be developed in a 6-months project focusing on the heterologous expression of intact fungal secondary metabolite (BGCs) in Aspergillus nidulans.


How will you contribute?

The intern will:

  • Establish reliable protocols for extraction and isolation of high-quality high-molecular weight DNAs from pure cultures and environmental samples
  • Establish an unbiased method for DNA fragmentation
  • Set up and optimise a cloning strategy using fungal artificial chromosomes (FACs)
  • If time allows, optimise FAC transformation of Aspergillus nidulans for heterologous production of secondary metabolites

At the end of the 6-months internship the student is expected to have acquired knowledge in microbial cell culture (fungi and bacteria) and molecular biology, as well as basic skills in fungal biology and genetics.

must have requirements

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

You hold a MSc or this is your last year of BSc in one of the following areas: microbiology, biotechnology, industrial biotechnology, biochemistry, molecular biology or related fields.

You also have:

  • Some knowledge of microbiology, biochemistry and molecular biology (highly desirable)
  • Good knowledge of English
  • Previous laboratory experience will be an advantage

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 for a full time internship, 11 public holidays per annum, flexible working hours, 

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

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.

The interested students should contact Dr Silas VILLAS-BOAS (e-mail: silas.villas-boas@list.lu). More information about the supervisor can be found at: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0148-5882


To be considered for this position it is crucial that you have knowledge of the following languages
  • Read B2 Upper intermediate
    Write B2 Upper intermediate
    Speak B2 Upper intermediate


The following languages are optional but are considered a plus.
  • Read B2 Upper intermediate
    Write B2 Upper intermediate
    Speak B2 Upper intermediate
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