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The European Space Resources Innovation Centre (ESRIC) is a joint initiative of the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST). ESRIC aims to become an internationally recognized centre of expertise for scientific, technical, business and economic aspects related to the use of space resources for human and robotic exploration, as well as for a future in-space economy. 

You will be part of ESRIC and supported by Maana Electric

ESRIC is a brand-new initiative with challenging objectives and evolving in a rapidly changing international environment. For this project, which is supported by ESA, ESRIC is partnering with Maana Electric a Luxembourgish company specialized in developing and implementing ISRU technologies, both for terrestrial and lunar cases. Maana Electric has already carried out several ISRU projects with affinities with the present activity and will provide technical support to the candidate

This project will be conducted both at Maana Electric as well as at ESRIC in Luxembourg. The candidate will be supported by experts from Maana Electric and ESRIC and additional support may come from the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) and the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC).


You will design, build, and evaluate an experimental demonstrator to use microwave sintering technologies to process regolith simulants. The expected tasks shall be:

  • Review the available solutions for microwave sintering from In Situ Resources,
  • Develop a baseline process architecture for the processing of lunar regolith,
  • Design and build a technology demonstrator,
  • Integrate the demonstrator in Maana’s and/or ESIRC’s ground based ISRU environment,
  • Validate and measure the performance of the demonstrator,
  • Manufacture and characterise products from lunar regolith simulants.

must have requirements
  • PhD in Materials Science and/or Mechanical Engineering with a strong background in experimental set-up and operations,
  • Experience in microwave sintering technologies is required,
  • A first experience in lunar geology and lunar regolith is desired,
  • Understanding of ISRU paradigm is desired,
  • Experience in design and integration of experimental setups is an asset,
  • Flexible and able to adapt,
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills,
  • Excellent command of English is a must, French will be considered an asset. 
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What ESRIC and LIST can offer

You will join a small and dynamic team with a daring growth objective. ESRIC has an ambitious development plan over the next years, adding further partners and expanding its activities. The team that you will be joining is expected to grow quickly with the possibility to see ESRIC evolve towards a self-standing entity in a few years. 

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.


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    Speak C1 Advanced
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