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Are you passionate about research? So are we! Come and join us

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 researcher? 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, bio-resources)

·       Reducing the environmental impact of human consumption and production activities.

The selected applicant will join ERIN's Environmental Sustainability Assessment and Circularity (SUSTAIN) Unit which is developing knowledge, transferable (software) technologies and practical methods for the integrative evaluation and management of the sustainability and toxicological risks of human driven systems. Its final purpose is to foster sustainable, technology driven eco-innovation in industry and to support sustainability-oriented policy making. Within the SUSTAIN Unit, the applicant will be incorporated in the Environmental Health (EH) research group. The activities conducted within the EH group contribute to sustainability by developing complex 3D - in vitro models for toxicological testing as a major research activity. Such models undergo in house pre-validation under laboratory conditions and are applied to a wide range of contaminants from chemicals to nanomaterials. These models are then applied within nationally and internationally funded research projects and in collaborative research projects with industry early in product development and support thereby the SSbD concept.


The applicant will work within the EH group and in collaboration with the Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA) research group of SUSTAIN to further develop, implement and apply Safe and Sustainable by Design (SSbD) tools, methods and concepts (aspects of chemical safety).

LIST has adopted Sustainable by Design as a value and considers the development of a robust SSbD framework important. To this end the successful candidate will contribute to the further development of the Unit activities on SSbD of substances, materials, products and processes with a special focus on assessment of chemical safety. The candidate is expected to advance the SSbD assessment practice and framework implementation at LIST and to provide targeted support on safety assessment to RDI projects in the definition and workplan implementation phases. The candidate should contribute to the further development of the international network and visibility of the group. Scientific reporting and dissemination of results in high impact factor journals is another important aspect of the expected experience. Preferably the candidate has already experience in cooperation within international research consortia.

We need an experienced scientist with knowledge in New Approach Methodologies (NAMs), tools and concepts for Safe and Sustainable by Design (SSbD) assessment and hands-on experience in chemical safety assessment and risk assessment (testing and results evaluation).

  • Develop R&D activities in SSbD, in the framework of European and national research projects and collaborative/contract research projects with industrial partners
  • Assess chemical hazards and safety in the context of SSbD and Innovation of new technologies, processes, applications in large EU funded projects on nanomaterials safety and PFAS substitution
  • Develop, apply, and implement Safe by Design methodologies and tools, criteria, guidance, and frameworks to support RDI projects, in particular application of the EC framework on SSbD
  • Collaborate with researchers specialised in life cycle sustainability and circularity assessment towards an integrated SSbD assessment
  • Set-up test strategies using New Approach Methodologies (in vitro, in silico) in the context for SSbD projects
  • Attract European and national funding, by submitting highly competitive research proposals as principal investigator or contributor, in the field of SSbD.
  • Publish high-quality research articles in peer-reviewed international journals.
  • Generate and protect IP in the context of your research activities (e.g., patents, licenses).
  • Attend international conferences. 

must have requirements

You hold PhD in life/environmental science, toxicology, biology, chemistry or equivalent.


At least 6 years postdoctoral experience with safety testing and assessment of chemical substances, products or processes, preferably in the context of regulation, innovation, product development, or safe-by-design.


You also have:

  • Experience in Safety assessment of chemicals or materials, innovations or integrated SSbD assessment;
  • Experience and capacity to evaluate scientific results and draft scientific and reports including publication in relevant journals;
  • Knowledge in Sustainability assessment is considered an asset;
  • Basic knowledge of in-silico toxicology is considered an asset;
  • Basic knowledge on EU chemicals legislation and policy context is considered an asset;
  • Interdisciplinary thinking and excellent teamworking skills;
  • Good communication skills and the ability to work in an international environment.
  • You have a good command in English. Knowledge of Luxembourgish, French and/or German is an asset


We offer

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.


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.


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
minimum required Education
Required work experience in years
6 or more years
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