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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 research support contributor? Join our Environmental Research and Innovation department

The Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) department, made up of 200 life science, environmental science and information technology researchers and engineers, provides the interdisciplinary knowledge, expertise and technologies to lead solutions including the major environmental challenges facing society, such as climate change mitigation, ecosystem resilience, sustainable energy systems, efficient use of renewable resources, and environmental pollution prevention and control.

The department relies on two cutting-edge platforms, the Biotechnologies and Environmental Analytics Platform and the Observatory for the Climate and the Environment, and the GreenTech Innovation Centre (GTIC): a one-stop-shop for the complete development of bio-based products and processes.



How will you contribute?

 As part of a Research and Technology Organization (RTO), the work of the Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) Department tackles some of the major environmental challenges our society is facing today, such as climate change mitigation, ecosystem resilience, sustainable energy systems, the efficient use of renewable resources, and environmental pollution prevention and control. To this end, the mission of the ERIN department is:

(1) to conduct impact-driven scientific research and development, as well as technological innovation,

(2) to support companies in the implementation of new environmental regulations and advise governments on determining sustainable policies for the future with the objectives of:

  • analysing, managing and exploiting sustainable resources (water, air, soil, renewable energy, bioresources)
  • reducing the environmental impact of human consumption and production activities

The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) has recently announced the launch of the Sustainable Biotech Innovation Centre (https://www.list.lu/en/institute/centres/greentech-innovation-centre/), an open innovation facility for the development of bio-based products and processes of industrial interest, new biorefinery concepts for more efficient and sustainable processes, and new technologies for the detection and treatment of environmental pollution.

More than 60 scientists and engineers provide a range of RDI support services to companies to bring their innovations from lab to industrial scale by relying on state-of-the-art facilities and prototypes for process upscaling. Innovations are typically based on biodiscovery, molecular biology techniques, metabolic engineering, plant and microorganisms (bacteria, yeast, fungi and green microalgae) cell culture, anaerobic digestion, bioprocess optimization, biocatalysis, green chemistry and product formulation, while markets focus on a range of sectors, such as cosmetics, food and feed ingredients, biowaste and wastewater recycling, nutraceuticals, flavourings, fragrances, enzymes, plant protections agents and many more.

Companies’ needs towards “Safer and Sustainable-by design” products and processes are supported by our experts in sustainability and health and environmental risk assessment that can support R&D in all lifecycle phases of a product or process development. The Institute has developed a portfolio of innovative computational lifecycle-based methods and in-vitro toxicological models. 

Main missions and tasks

The selected candidate will join the Partnership Development Team of the ERIN Department of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), reporting directly to the ERIN director. He/She will lead the business development of the Sustainable BioTech Innovation Centre in collaboration with the senior management and RDI units/groups in terms of identification and concretization of business/partnership opportunities and market intelligence and watch, key account management, and the valorization and transfer of the Sustainable BioTech Innovation Centre assets, as well as communication/representation with a focus on industrial and environmental biotechnologies and sustainability. The Partnership Officer may co-manage industrial projects.

Identification and implementation of business/partnership opportunities

  • Prospect new customers by proactive networking
  • Identify, develop and close new agreements covering the domains of the Sustainable BioTech Innovation Centre, with partners from the private and public sector
  • Actively participate in the negotiation of contracts and agreements. This involves collaborating closely with researchers, the licencing manager of the ERIN department and the Legal Department in the contract-drafting phase
  • Initiate and follow up the development of a partnership and collaboration strategy together with the Sustainable BioTech Innovation Centre senior management and RDI units/groups
  • Support projects in all phases of the partnering process
  • Manage the centre’s partner portfolio: create momentum with potential partners and consolidate good relationships with existing ones
  • Develop a screening strategy for business deal or partnership opportunities

Market intelligence and watch

  • Research and find out about prospect and client industries, and trends to estimate needs and goals
  • Ensure technology watch

Networking and representation

  • Represent the Sustainable BioTech Innovation Center at events in Luxembourg and abroad (i.e. Grande Region)
  • Continue strengthening and contributing to the networking events and actions of the Sustainable BioTech Innovation Center
  • Sustain the on-going effort to establish a strong external network, at the national and international level

Dissemination, valorization and transfer

  • Support RDI staff in the dissemination of RDI outputs to the market (licensing, selling, spin-off, etc.)
  • Support RDI staff in the creation of spin-offs




  • Provide general support, guidance and training to researchers for their interactions with customers
  • Keep abreast of RDI domains, project content and innovation developed in the Sustainable BioTech Innovation Centre, as well as the strategies of other RTOs/R&D institutions
  • Keep informed about competitors, industry, societal and technology trends
  • Maximize participation in LIST events
  • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks, participating in the activities of professional organizations

must have requirements

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


You hold a Master’s or PhD degree in a scientific, technological or engineering field relevant to the Sustainable BioTech Innovation center, e.g. biochemistry, biotechnology, bioengineering, molecular biology, environmental science or engineering.

You also have:

  • Proven experience in the broader sector of biotechnologies and/or environmental technologies with direct experience in partnership and business development
  • Track record in the acquisition of clients and development of industry collaborations
  • Understanding of current market trends in industrial and environmental biotechnologies in Europe
  • Strong existing industrial network in industrial and environmental biotechnologies in Europe;
  • Experience in working with IP protection, IP rights law and IP policy
  • Expertise in licencing and negotiating (Technological Transfer)
  • Understanding of FNR and EU funding programs.


Moreover, you own these technical skills:

  • You are results-oriented: achieve concrete results, involving a range of different colleagues from researchers to management and administrative staff
  • You are a self-starter that is well organized, efficient with excellent time management skills and capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • You demonstrate business responsiveness and a strong experience in the management of partnerships and marketing in a public research or industrial research environment
  • Capacity to forge strong relationships, build trust with clients, drive value, and develop lasting business partnerships
  • Strong communication skills and are keen to collaborate with the staff of the Sustainable BioTech Innovation Centre
  • Strong interaction with the other members of the business development team and diverse project teams.
  • You are motivated in working in a customer-oriented technological research organization


  On top of this, you have excellent command in English. An excellent knowledge of german


nice to have requirements

Furthermore, you have knowledge in international network. You also have past experience in a Research and Technology Organization, entrepreneurial experience or track record in launching new businesses (launching own projects or helping others), and finally experience in business-driven innovation programmes such as spin-off creation and technology commercialisation programmes.

You have good command in French.

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 CV with contact details.


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 B2 Upper intermediate
    Write B2 Upper intermediate
    Speak B2 Upper intermediate
  • Read B2 Upper intermediate
    Write B2 Upper intermediate
    Speak B2 Upper intermediate


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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