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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 junior 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 researcher will be integrated into the Advanced Characterization Platform (ACP) and will be hosted in the Molecular Analysis Team. This transversal group provides analytical support to industrial partners and researchers inside and outside LIST. Additionally, ACP develops its own research roadmap, by developing fundamental and technological expertise in molecular analysis and imaging. The team namely focuses on its recognized expertise in Research and Development in AP-MALDI analysis and imaging using high resolution mass spectrometry. 


How will you contribute?

The junior researcher will participate in the research and development activities in the framework of a collaborative project with an industrial partner, leader in the field of AP-MALDI/HRMS analysis and imaging. She/he will more particularly carry out research and development in the field laser post-ionization and the evaluation of the performances of the newly developed designs, through various applications ranging from materials to biological tissue imaging.

The activities will include the investigation of new laser designs and realization of demonstrators in close collaboration with the industrial partner and Testing and Prototype Engineering Platform, as well as performing a detailed optimization and performance evaluation, using the latest Orbitrap technology.  

In addition to his main activity related to the project, the researcher will participate to the activities of the team and will contribute to the analytical support to other projects where the team is active (LC/MS, GPC/MS, AP-MALDI analysis and imaging).

The candidate will be recruited as postdoc and will conduct research, development, and innovation under the responsibility of the Principal Investigator. She/he will hierarchically report to the ACP’s leader.

RDI work:  

-Provide input to the definition of research concepts

-Manage the daily research work allowing the smooth progress of the RDI project

-Contribute to generating knowledge

-Collaborate with other researchers in order to promote interdisciplinary activities internally

-Participate to the equipment management

Project management:

-Assist in the preparation of project reports and presentations

-Manage work packages of the RDI project under the supervision and mentorship of more senior staff 

Dissemination, valorisation and transfer:

-Contribute to dissemination, valorisation and transfer of RDI results (publications, participation in conferences, …)

-Make presentations at project meetings with guidance and prior internal review

-Develop scientific and industrial networks

must have requirements

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

You hold a PhD in Chemistry/Mass Spectrometry with expertise in the molecular characterization of organic materials, polymers and biomolecules. 

You also have:

  • Experience in using high resolution mass spectrometry instruments (namely Thermo Orbitrap technology).
  • Experience in using (AP-)MALDI technique for analysis and imaging.
  • Experience in LC/Orbitrap is an asset
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Ability to execute research activities to completion independently
  • Writing and publication/patenting skills
  • Good knowledge of English (US-based industrial partner), French/Luxembourgish would be an asset

On top of that you are a team player in a multidisciplinary environment, you’re the one we’re 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
  • 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
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