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Compulsory internship contract – 4-6 months | Fulltime/40h | From 01.04.2024 on | Belvaux


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 an intern? 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?

Hydrogen is currently foreseen as a clean fuel to participate to the energy transition. It is already used for powering vehicles, in industries, and it is envisioned to be used in central heating for private building. Hydrogen is however a highly inflammable gas, with a low explosion limit of 4 % in air, and the general acceptance of hydrogen as clean fuel will depend on the level of safety proposed by the infrastructure. One important component of the safety measures is reliable and low cost hydrogen sensors that can be widely spread.

The goal of the internship is to work on conductometric hydrogen sensors based on new metal oxide nanostructures, namely copper oxide-based materials. Metal oxides such as tin oxide are currently widely used in commercial conductometric gas sensors for sensing various pollutants due to their low cost, but they show low sensitivity to hydrogen. New materials will enable to combine this currently low-cost platform with higher sensitivity to hydrogen.

During the internship, the student will participate to the fabrication of the gas sensor devices based on copper oxide nanostructures using advanced microfabrication techniques and will characterize the devices under various gas conditions to demonstrate their performances. The intern will moreover participate to the understanding of the gas sensing properties by combining the functional measurements under various conditions with advanced microscopic characterization techniques.


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


  • Master in material science, physics or chemistry

Experience and skills

  • Good knowledge in microfabrication techniques (lithography, liquid-phase deposition techniques), in electrical characterizations and in advanced structural and chemical characterizations.

Language skills

  • Good level both written and spoken English. French will be consider an asset


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 for a full time internship, 11 public holidays per annum, flexible working hours,
  • 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.


Application procedure and conditions:

  • We kindly request applicants to provide their nationality for statistical purposes only, as part of our commitment to promoting diversity and ensuring equal opportunities in our workforce. This information will be kept confidential and will not be used for any discriminatory purposes.
  • 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 B2 Upper intermediate
    Write B2 Upper intermediate
    Speak B2 Upper intermediate


The following languages are optional but are considered a plus.
  • Read B2 Upper intermediate
    Write B2 Upper intermediate
    Speak B2 Upper intermediate
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