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Are you passionate about space resources? So are we!

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 aims 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.


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ESRIC is a new initiative with challenging objectives and evolving in a rapidly changing international environment. Being part of this new adventure and contributing to build successful activities with ESRIC’s partners is common to all ESRIC’s positions.

ESRIC is implemented as a department of LIST, with a dedicated governance structure that includes its partners LSA, ESA and LIST. It is conducting activities along four main areas: Research and testing facilities, Business support and incubation, Knowledge management, and Community management.


How will you contribute?

The selected candidate will oversee the operational management of the department. You will intervene to solve organizational or administrative issues, manage department reporting, and coordinate diverse projects upon request. The chosen applicant will champion LIST internal processes and organization and will have a sound knowledge of the departmental activity. In this role you will coordinate with a wide range of internal stakeholders and develop effective relationships with various internal/external stakeholders to the department. The role may include also support the definition, implementation, and monitoring of the department strategy.

  • You contribute to the definition and implementation of the department annual budget and the mid-long-term provisions.
  • Supporting the director in various activities concerning the department management and administration (e.g., organizational matters, workforce planning, implementation/improvement of processes, preparation of reports, external evaluations, audits, etc.).
  • Carries the follow-up and monitoring of strategy implementation, budget application and RDI activity. Collects and analyses information, calculates indicators (i.e., LIST KPIs, MESR KPIs, RDI assets, Capex, Opex, human resources, etc.), and keeps the departmental dashboard updated. Communicates information to internal/external offices/bodies as required.
  • Oversees ad-hoc specific missions -with or without permanent delegation or full leadership- depending on the specific needs of the department. These missions may include the management of transversal projects, coordination or supervision of teams, assume functions or roles on a temporary basis, etc.
  • Leads initiatives to improve operating policies, systems, and procedures related to their area of responsibility in interaction with other LIST stakeholders.
  • Influences others on policies, practices, and procedures. Builds formal and informal work links with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Supports the definition and implementation of the department’s strategy. Contributes to translate the department strategy into a concrete multi-year plan. Collects and analyses internal/external data, generates reports/analysis/conclusions to be used for strategic decision making and to keep the department strategy updated.

Must-have requirements

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

  • At least 10 years’ experience post-Master’s. An MBA or PhD would be an asset.
  • Proven experience having worked in research environment, understanding funding mechanisms.
  • You have advanced analytical and strategic thinking and the ability to see the overall picture. Has the ability to analyse and present information in a strategic way and addressed to the senior/top management.
  • Sound interpersonal and communication skills with different organizational levels, including top management, at internal and external level.
  • Proven ability to adapt to new situations in complex, multicultural and multi-stakeholder environments.
  • Adopts a solution-oriented approach to all tasks.
  • You know how to build work relations, negotiate, and coordinate with internal/external stakeholders.

We offer

What ESRIC and LIST can 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.

Has this vacancy caught your interest?

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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 (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


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
  • Read B2 Upper intermediate
    Write B2 Upper intermediate
    Speak B2 Upper intermediate
minimum required Education
Required work experience in years
10 or more years
Employment type
Contract type
Hours per week
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