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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 an Post-Doctoral Researcher? Join our Materials Research 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?

Within the framework of the project FRAGOLA, funded with an ATTRACT grant by the FNR (https://www.fnr.lu/dr-alexandros-gerakis-awarded-fnr-attract-fellowship/ ), we aim at developing the next generation for single shot coherent Rayleigh-Brillouin scattering (CRBS) and demonstrating its use in a variety of neutral and plasma flows. The project involves the design and development of the next generation of CRBS instrumentation, as well as its demonstration in the thermodynamic characterization of neutral and plasma flows in a variety of experiments at LIST, and elsewhere around Europe.

We are seeking a motivated Post-Doctoral researcher with an interest in advanced, non-linear laser diagnostics and laser development to work with our team on developing a novel, portable single-shot CRBS instrumentation, capable of performing single shot CRBS measurements in neutral and plasma flows. Specifically, if you have an interest in diode-pumped solid state (DPSS) laser engineering as well as high power laser amplifiers, knowledgeable with regards to optical components and optical alignment and characterization techniques, we want you! In-depth understanding of optical, atomic and molecular physics is expected. The ultimate goal of this project will be to develop CRBS instrumentation that will enable the thermodynamic characterization of neutral and plasma flows, in a variety of research and real life environments.

You will work with highly skilled scientists and engineers in the dynamic environment of the Advanced Instrumentation for Nano-Analytics (AINA) group. You will acquire highly valued skills in the applications of advanced laser diagnostic techniques as well as working with prototype instruments for gas flow research. You will take a main role in the development of the techniques and instruments mentioned above. You will coordinate the local research efforts together with input from international project partners. In consultation with the project leader, you will design and perform experiments, analyse and interpret the results, write scientific articles and disseminate the results in international conferences


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 PhD degree in Physics, Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering, combined with a pronounced taste for experiments, teamwork spirit and strong motivation.
  • You have a pronounced taste for mechanical and electronic DIY which is a strong asset for this position.
  • Demonstrated expertise with laser diagnostics will be considered a strong asset for this position.
  • You’re able to manage several tools at the same time and you have a very good synchronisation to proceed.
  • You're familiar with characterization of laser light, alignment and operation of high-power lasers, analysis of spectroscopic data. Proficiency in either Labview, CAD programs, Matlab programming and/or Origin will be considered assets.

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 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.


Additional conditions

  • Supervisor at LIST: Dr. Alexandros Gerakis (alexandros.gerakis@list.lu)
  • Work location: Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Belvaux, Luxembourg
  • Candidates shall be available for starting their position in September 2022 (negotiable). 


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