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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 Advanced Instrumentation for Nano-Analytics (AINA) group within the Scientific Instrumentation and Process Technology (SIPT) unit of MRT is renowned for developing innovative nano-analytical techniques for materials characterization and life science applications. Over the past few years, we have been developing in particular a Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) add-on system for the Helium Ion Microscope (HIM) and for the Focused Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscope (FIB/SEM), allowing the advantages of high spatial resolution and high sensitivity chemical information to be combined for nano-analytics. Building on this expertise, AINA is currently valorizing its research by developing correlative analytical methodologies and workflows for current and future analytical challenges. 


How will you contribute?

In this context, we are launching the international project MiNaBatt, involving LIST and two academic partners from the University of Gießen (D), which aims to study the mechanism of lithium-ion conduction through interfaces/interphases in hybrid electrolytes to improve interface engineering for future high-energy chemical energy storage systems with longer lifetimes and safer performances.

The lithium transfer at the interface is complicated by the fact that most material combinations react with each other to form an interphase of degradation products, which significantly influence the lithium transfer across the interface. This drastically affects cell performance, and it is vital to understand the underlying mechanisms. Therefore, we propose to study at different stages of cycling, the morphology and chemical composition of the interface. With our partners, our goal is to jointly investigate the interface chemistry at multi-scale dimensions.

To move one step further towards 2D and 3D analysis of the electrodes and their interfaces, and to limit the artefacts (sample preparation, environment, temperature ...), LIST has developed an innovative new set of tools based on Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS). In addition to the possibility of providing more complete chemical information, i.e. inorganic and also organic information, with a sub-15 nm resolution, we propose adding the possibility to perform correlative microscopy based on the combination of electron microscopy (morphology) and SIMS (chemical information).

The candidate will work with highly skilled scientists and engineers in the dynamic environment of the MRT department. The successful candidate will acquire highly valued skills in the battery field, as well as in working with advanced instruments for nano-analytics. The PhD student will take on the main role in the polymer film synthesis, development of the methodologies, techniques and instruments mentioned above. The successful candidate will coordinate local research efforts together with input from international project partners. The PhD student will design and perform relevant experiments, analyze, and interpret the results, write scientific articles and disseminate the results at international conferences.

must have requirements

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

You hold a master’s degree in Materials Science, Polymer Chemistry, Organic Synthetic Chemistry or closely related fields with an interest in working with prototype instruments.

On top of this, you are self-motivated by a passion for science and research combined with an excellent team spirit. You are fluent in English (both written and oral). 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;
  • 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: Prof. Jean-Nicolas Audinot (jean-nicolas.audinot@list.lu)
  • 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
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    Write C1 Advanced
    Speak C1 Advanced
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