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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.


How will you contribute?

The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is seeking to recruit a PhD student to work on the development of advanced ion – laser interaction concepts for the manipulation, control and modification of ion beams. This project is a LIST internally funded project and intends to combine the two main blocks of competences at the Advanced Instrumentation for Nano-Analytics (AINA) group, namely laser analytics/diagnostics/instrumentation and charged particle optics (CPO) instrumentation.

We are looking for a PhD Student who is expected to strongly contribute to this project through the development of novel concepts for ion – laser interaction and demonstrate its use for the specific control of ion beams with the target of improving existing or creating novel instrumental CPO concepts/devices. These ground-breaking studies will form the basis for various diagnostics and ion manipulation experiments, leading the pathway towards e.g. single ion manipulation and hence quantum computing experiments. The project involves establishing the theoretical background of the interaction principles through calculations and simulation algorithms, the detailed elaboration of the parameters space needed for experimental studies, as well as the hardware design of a novel vacuum CPO apparatus interfaced with advanced laser beams. The PhD student will actively contribute to the design, development, demonstration of the required instrumentation, as well as to the analysis of the scientific results to be obtained. One of the main challenges of the project will be to prove experimentally the benefits of ion – laser interaction for the improvement of CPO devices, as well as integrating the concept at a later stage into existing nano-analytical instruments based on focused ion beams. He/she will have to assess the best technological configuration and the related theoretical and experimental understandings to push the intended concept towards higher technology readiness levels.

The candidate will work closely with highly skilled scientists and engineers in the dynamic environment of the AINA group within LIST’s Materials Research & Technology Department. The candidate will acquire highly valued skills in the applications of advanced laser interaction (diagnostic) techniques as well as working with CPO prototype instruments, incorporating vacuum technology concepts. The PhD student will take a main role in the development of the techniques and instruments mentioned above. He/she will coordinate the local research efforts together with input from international project partners. In consultation with the project leader, the PhD student will design and perform relevant experiments, analyze and interpret the results, write scientific articles and disseminate the results in international conferences.

must have requirements

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

You hold a Master’s degree in Physics, Electronics or Mechanical Engineering, combined with a pronounced taste for experiments, team work spirit and strong motivation. Additionally, you have a pronounced taste for mechanical and electronic DIY which is a strong asset for this position. You’re able to manage several tools at the same time and you have a perfect synchronisation to proceed. A good knowledge of LABVIEW and Python/Matlab programming as well demonstrated expertise with laser instrumentation are strong assets for this position.

On top of this, you’re highly motivated and strong team worker. 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;
  • 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. Alexandros Gerakis (alexandros.gerakis@list.lu)
  • Work location: Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Belvaux/Belval, Luxembourg
  • PhD enrolment: University of Luxembourg, Belval, Luxembourg

Candidates shall be available for starting their position in the late Summer/early Fall of 2022. 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
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