Contract type: Fixed term contract
Duration: 14 months (+ 22 months + potentially 12 months extension)
As a key player in research and innovation in Luxembourg, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), with its employees, is active in the domains of materials, the environment and IT. As an RTO (Research and Technology Organisation) and with its interdisciplinary impact-driven approach, LIST contributes to the development of Luxembourg’s economy and society. The Materials Research and Technology Department (MRT) translates cutting-edge materials research into applicable technology, with about 190 collaborators. For this, the department cultivates close relationships and joint projects with both academic and industrial partners, and contributes to Luxembourg's and Europe's innovation agenda in Materials Research and Technology.
The Advanced Instrumentation for Ion 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.
In this context, we are launching the project interBATT which aims at developing nano-analytical methods for 3D mapping of microstructure and chemical distribution primarily in next-generation lithium battery materials. Other closely related energy materials may also be explored. The international project is in cooperation with research institutes and companies based in Germany. The objective of the project is to understand the mechanisms by which battery performances degrade with direct proofs from 3D high-resolution structural and chemical imaging combining Focused Ion Beam (FIB), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) imaging & diffraction analysis and Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS). The research will contribute towards improving the performance of next-generation energy materials.
The candidate will work with highly skilled scientists and engineers in the dynamic environments of the AINA group. The candidate will acquire highly valued skills in the applications of advanced microscopy and nanoanalytical techniques as well as working with prototype instruments for materials research. The PhD student will take a main role in the microstructural and chemical characterization of the materials mentioned above. He or she will coordinate the local research efforts together with input from international project partners. In consultation with the project leader, the PhD student will design and perform relevant experiments, analyse and interpret the results, write scientific articles and disseminate the results in international conferences.