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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 PhD Student? 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 Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) in partnership with University of Mons, Belgium Laboratory of Polymeric and Composite Materials (LPCM), Center of Innovation and Research in Materials and Polymers (CIRMAP), and with the support of Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), is starting a new research project titled INFINITE and aiming the development of novel generation of polymeric ion gels accessed via 3D printing of oppositely charged ionic monomers for flexible solid-state strain sensors. 

INFINITE project addresses a key unmet need for long-lasting flexible solid-state polymeric strain sensors for advanced applications from physiological measurements to structural health monitoring, printable electronic devices, and the internet of things (IoT), thus providing critical support to big data initiatives as well. The project will focus on the development and understanding of flexible solid-state strain sensors based on “ion gels” – innovative polyelectrolytes derived from copolymerization of complementary cationic and anionic liquid-like monomers (ILMs) with neutral mono- and/or multifunctional monomers, accompanied by ion metathesis with the concomitant in situ generation of ion conducting non-volatile ionic liquids. High-resolution 3D printing will be used to process these amorphous, transparent ion gels into complex three-dimensional frameworks with precisely controlled compositional gradients, maximizing response and providing exciting new opportunities to tune sensing performance thanks to variations in ion type, content and mobility. Following materials development, proof-of-concept flexible solid-state strain sensors will be produced via simple, scalable processing, facilitating integration into various devices for a broad range of applications. 


How will you contribute?

We are looking for a young researcher that is expected to strongly contribute to an ambitious project through the development of a doctoral work in the design, synthesis and properties characterization of new cationic and anionic liquid-like monomers and their copolymerization. During the course of his/her doctoral project an applicant is expected to synthesize various ionic methacrylic monomers as well as new anions. Further on the candidate is anticipated to perform the controlled polymerization of the obtained monomers and to study the properties of the resultant polyelectrolytes. Finally, the successful candidate will assist with the assembly and testing of the flexible solid-state strain sensors. Ionic monomers and polyelectrolytes will be further characterized by a set of techniques: NMR, IR and dielectric spectroscopy, viscometry, rheometry, GPC, DSC, TGA, AFM, SEM and TEM. 

The selected PhD student will be enrolled in the Doctoral School in Science and Engineering (DSSE) of the University of Luxembourg and will develop the research project at LIST’s facilities.

This doctoral program is funded in the frame of the DISAFECAP INTER project by Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR).

must have requirements

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

You hold a Master’s degree in Polymer Chemistry or Organic Synthetic Chemistry combined to a strong background and extensive hands-on experience in organic synthesis chemistry.

You also have:

  • Experience with standard wet- and air-sensitive chemistry techniques;
  • Experience in use of modern characterization techniques such as FT-IR, GPC, DSC, TGA;
  • Ability to analyse NMR spectra (obligatory (!));
  • Knowledge of Chemdraw or similar software for drawing and analyzing of chemical structures; 
  • The ability to work creatively and independently, including primary experience in writing research reports and in scientific literature search.

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

nice to have requirements

Furthermore, we consider as an asset:

  • Demonstrated competencies in free radical and/or RAFT polymerization will be highly valued;
  • Previous experience in synthesis of ionic compounds;  
  • Experience in the utilization of AFM, SEM, TEM or mechanical testing of polymer films;
  • Knowledge of Origin and Excell;
  • Knowledge of French.

Finally, the selected person should show collaborative skills, initiative, result oriented, organization, and capacity to work in an interdisciplinary environment.

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.

PhD additional conditions:

  • Supervisor at LIST: Dr Alexander Shaplov (alexander.shaplov@list.lu)
  • Co-supervision at LIST: Dr Daniel Schmidt
  • Work location: Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Belvaux, Luxembourg
  • PhD enrolment: University of Luxembourg, Belval, Luxembourg

Please note the universities costs are at the charge of the student.


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
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