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ES-2201–RESEARCH PROJECT MANAGER for SolSR

ES-2201–RESEARCH PROJECT MANAGER for SolSR

Are you passionate about space resources? So are we!


The return of human and robotic exploration missions to the Moon in the near future will mark a new era of space exploration. Future missions will rely on resources found in space, for example oxygen from lunar soil, to provide consumables for refuelling, to support human life and to build the infrastructure required. The development of equipment, processes and systems to characterise, extract and use materials produced from space resources is a dynamic and exciting field. This is what we do at ESRIC.

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 was formed in 2020 with an aim 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.

As a new initiative, ESRIC has an ambitious vision in an evolving international environment. Being part of a growing team and contributing to building successful activities with ESRIC’s partners is common to all of ESRIC’s positions.

 

You’d like to contribute as a research project manager? Join us!  


As part of the development of ESRIC’s research capabilities, we have received funding from the FNR (Luxembourg’s national funding agency) to build a new research team under the PEARL programme. This multimillion Euro flagship funding will support several postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in novel space resources topics. The programme, SolSR (Solutions for the Sustainable and Responsible use of Space Resources), has a strong focus on enabling technology, circular economy and environmental impact for space resource utilisation. You will join this team, managing world-leading research in a supportive environment.


 


Responsibilities

How will you contribute?


The Research Project Manager will lead the start-up of projects within this ambitious research programme and, subsequently, ongoing project management. They will also need to liaise closely with research and administrative staff within ESRIC and LIST, and with institutional, industrial and other partners to perform their duties, including Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA). The Research Project Manager will be required to manage the implementation of the programme, including the recruitment of researchers (PhD and Research and Technology Associates), monitoring of milestones and deliverables, reporting to the funding body (FNR) and key stakeholders (LIST, LSA, ESA) and dissemination of key outcomes from the programme. 



Project delivery:

  • Oversee the achievement of major research project deliverables, ensuring they are managed to business requirements, specification, time and budget;
  • Provide day-to-day high-level support to the PI, assisting in the implementation of robust project management processes and protocols, in line with best practice, as well as deputising for the PI as appropriate;
  • Deliver project events, such as research collaboration meetings, road-mapping workshops and seminars, and coordinate appropriate publicity, ensuring meeting minutes are taken and distributed;
  • Routinely monitor all activities, review risks, issues and progress, taking actions as necessary to ensure minimum impact on project deadlines;
  • Maintain up-to-date records that enable effective monitoring, control and evaluation of assigned project activities;
  • Where opportunities arise, work with the relevant teams to budget research proposals and bids.

 

Project research and administration:

  • Perform strategic project resources planning and financial analysis, including assisting in preparation of budgets, to include staffing and operational needs, as well as manage the payment of expenses;
  • Coordinate the delivery of strong project governance, through supporting the management of advisory board meetings, as well as required scientific and other stakeholder workshops and summits, as needs arise.

 

Communications and relationships management:

  • Communicate project information and status to all relevant parties, providing early warning and escalation of key issues to the PI and relevant senior management;
  • Act as a primary contact point for all internal and external partners and ensure strong business relationship management;
  • Work with key stakeholders, sponsors and researchers to ensure project portfolio is visibly relevant and integrated into the institute’s strategies and policies;
  • Work with communications team(s) to develop powerful case studies, highlighting successful outputs and outcomes of the projects.



must have requirements

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


You hold a degree in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline.


You have proven experiences in:

  • Managing multi-disciplinary research projects, involving external and internal partners;
  • Creative and effective facilitation of meetings, workshops and conferences, including servicing committees with minute writing;
  • Liaising with external bodies including industry, government and/or other partner institutes
  • Production and analysis of statistics and reports;
  • Translating research and policy requirements into a defined project;
  • Arranging events and meetings


You have developped skills such as:

  • Exceptional project management and organisational skills combined with a strong attention to detail;
  • Good analytical skills demonstrated by a structured and methodical approach;
  • Ability to communicate effectively and clearly with a wide range of people and audiences at all levels;
  • Diplomatic, able to negotiate and apply judgement in complex areas;
  • Effective decision-making and time management
  • Able to work on own initiative as well as proven team building and motivational skills.


Finally, you have excellent command of English.


 

 

nice to have requirements

Working in the space sector is seen as an asset.


Knowledge of French or German is considered as an advantage, as well as knowledge of space resources, including scientific challenges and opportunities.


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To know more about ESRIC activities: www.esric.lu


Your application must include:

  • A motivation letter oriented towards the position and detailing your experience;
  • A scientific CV with contact details;
  • List of publications (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.



 

 

 


REQUIREDLANGUAGES

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

OPTIONAL LANGUAGES

The following languages are optional but are considered a plus.
  • Read B2 Upper intermediate
    Write B2 Upper intermediate
    Speak B2 Upper intermediate
  • Read B2 Upper intermediate
    Write B2 Upper intermediate
    Speak B2 Upper intermediate
minimum required Education
Required work experience in years
7 or more years
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Hours per week
40
Location
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Esch-Sur-Alzette
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