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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 researcher? 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?

Nanostructured ferroelectric materials are a focus of attention today, with many incredible results being regularly published in top magazines like Nature and Science. One big reason for this excitement are the novel ferroelectric textures that these compounds display when reduced to nanometric dimensions and subject to suitable elastic and electric boundary conditions. Most remarkably, these include topologically non-trivial states called skyrmions and often present very interesting and potentially useful properties ranging from “voltage amplification” (which could lead to the development of low-power electronics) to tunable high-frequency responses (needed for ultra-broadband communications) or ultra-fast low-voltage ferroelectric switching (to develop next-generation memories and transistors). Hence, nanostructured ferroelectrics are one of today’s most exciting fields for both research in fundamental physics and the potential development of disruptive technologies.

Theoretical and simulation methods have been critical to advance our understanding and control of these fascinating materials, but we are already exhausting the possibilities of the existing tools. On one hand, atomistic methods do not allow us to access the mesoscopic length and time scales that are relevant to some of the most interesting phenomena (e.g., skyrmion manipulation). On the other hand, continuum field theories employ models that are too rough to capture the atomistic complexities of these nanostructures and, thus, do not allow us to run truly predictive simulations.

We offer a 2-year postdoc position to join the project “Ferrodynamics”, led by Jorge Íñiguez and focused on the development of continuum methods that retain the accuracy and predictive power of atomistic simulations while allowing to tackle the relevant mesoscales of interest. The postdoc will join the ongoing work, with a particular focus on the application of the new phase-field methods to investigate selected exciting problems, most likely in connection with the dynamical response of complex ferroelectric states.

The research with be in line with recent activities led by Prof. Jorge Íñiguez (jorge.iniguez@list.lu), whose work can be consulted in Google Scholar, and to whom interested candidates are welcome to address their queries.

Must-have requirements

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

You hold a PhD degree in Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Science, Mathematics or a related discipline. You enjoy programing and have experience with python, Fortran and/or C++. It would be much better if you have some knowledge of condensed matter physics, previous exposure to lattice-dynamical problems being an asset. You enjoy working in a collaborative environment. Good oral and written English is a must.

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 explaining your interest in the position and detailing your background - mandatory
  • A scientific CV with contact details.
  • An academic record as complete as possible - mandatory
  • List of publications and patents.
  • 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.


Additional conditions:

  • Supervisor: Prof. Jorge Íñiguez (jorge.iniguez@list.lu)
  • Work location: Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Belvaux, Luxembourg
  • Flexible starting date, preferably Spring/Summer 2023, no later than December 1, 2023.


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


The following languages are optional but are considered a plus.
  • Read B1 Intermediate
    Write B1 Intermediate
    Speak B1 Intermediate
  • Read B1 Intermediate
    Write B1 Intermediate
    Speak B1 Intermediate
  • Read B1 Intermediate
    Write B1 Intermediate
    Speak B1 Intermediate
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