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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?


We are excited to launch the project FRAGOLA, recently funded with an ATTRACT grant by the FNR (https://www.fnr.lu/dr-alexandros-gerakis-awarded-fnr-attract-fellowship/), which aims at designing and developing the next generation of instrumentation for novel laser diagnostics in the form of single shot coherent Rayleigh-Brillouin scattering as well as its subsequent utilization for the thermodynamic characterization of neutral and plasma flows at LIST and at collaborator’s sites throughout Europe.

We are looking for a PhD student who is expected to strongly contribute to this project through the development of diagnostic capabilities of charged species in a plasma for single shot coherent Rayleigh-Brillouin scattering and demonstrating its use for the characterization of a laboratory scale plasma discharge. This work is anticipated to shed new light into plasma physics research, enabling a better understanding of the undergoing physical processes in a variety of plasma devices, such as Hall thrusters, nanoscale manufacturing, material plasma processing etc. Apart from the experimental work with plasma discharges and laser diagnostics, the project involves the development of theoretical understanding for the interaction of lasers with the plasma and the development of a simulation package for the experimentally observed spectra; these tasks will be performed in collaboration with the project’s partners. 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 design the experiments in such way as to become largely accessible to the community and derive the required measurements of interest in an accurate and automated fashion. He/she will have to assess the best technological configuration and the related understandings to demonstrate in the end the novel developed technique in a laboratory plasma discharge which he/she will design and develop.


As a key player in research and innovation in Luxembourg, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), with its employees, is active in the domains of materials, the environment and IT. As an RTO (Research and Technology Organisation) and with its interdisciplinary impact-driven approach, LIST contributes to the development of Luxembourg’s economy and society. The Materials Research and Technology Department (MRT) translates cutting-edge materials research into applicable technology, with about 190 collaborators. For this, the department cultivates close relationships and joint projects with both academic and industrial partners and contributes to Luxembourg's and Europe's innovation agenda in Materials Research and Technology.

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. During 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 a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), allowing the advantages of high spatial resolution with high sensitivity chemical information to be combined for nano-analytics. Building on this expertise, AINA is currently expanding its research portfolio by developing novel laser based diagnostic techniques for neutral gases, plasmas and nanoparticles.

must have requirements

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

You hold a Master’s degree in Physics, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, combined with a pronounced taste for experiments, simulations, 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 plasmas and/or laser diagnostics 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 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: Dr. Alexandros Gerakis (alexandros.gerakis@list.lu)

• Work location: Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Belvaux, Luxembourg

• PhD enrolment: University of Luxembourg, Belval, Luxembourg

Candidates shall be available for starting their position in asap. 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 B2 Upper intermediate
    Write B2 Upper intermediate
    Speak B2 Upper intermediate
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