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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.

You’d like to contribute to support research? Join us!  

ESRIC is a brand-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.

The primary objective of this new unit is to research, develop and improve the understanding and performance of processes enabling the utilization of space resources with a primary focus on the Moon. Lunar regolith as well as the ice from permanently shadowed regions are abundant sources of hydrogen, oxygen and metals that need to be smartly treated taking into account advanced processing technologies.

How will you contribute?

For this brand-new role, we are seeking a highly motivated and skilled post-doctoral researcher to join our team. The successful candidate will be responsible for defining likely recycling and waste management scenarios for space resources, including End-of-Life (EoL) materials and the use of in-situ processed materials. The work also includes reviewing terrestrial recycling processes specifically for WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) feedstocks, designing and constructing a small-scale recycling system for WEEE feedstocks, and evaluating the performance of this system, including the quality of the product.


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

  • Ph.D. in Minerals Engineering, Chemical and Process Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a related field.
  • Experience in designing and constructing experimental systems.
  • Research experience in waste management and recycling processes is desirable.
  • Able to organize and conduct small RDI projects of moderate size and scope to meet objectives, as well as to perform RDI duties with autonomy under the supervision and mentorship of more senior R&T scientists/engineers.
  • Interacts in a collaborative manner with other team members to accomplish goals.
  • Has strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, alongside a great command of English.


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
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