Contract type: Permanent contract
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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 will be part of the LIST Materials Research and Technology department
The Materials Research and Technology (MRT) Department of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is seeking to appoint a Core Technologies Leader to support the department strategy that aims at leveraging scientific results towards science-based technology innovation. As part of a Research and Technology Organization (RTO), the Materials Research and Technology Department develops Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) that underpin a wide range of products in strategic EU value chains and provide innovative solutions to societal challenges. MRT mainly addressed three EU KETs: Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials and Advanced Manufacturing and focused its research on “new or improved” materials that provide a distinct performance advantage in comparison to the commonly used materials. Activities embrace the development, production or integration of advanced materials and equipment or system dedicated to the synthesis and the characterization of such materials. KETs having applications in multiple industries in both emerging and traditional sectors, this approach is particularly suitable for Luxembourg which features a significant number of large, medium-size and small industrial companies covering a broad range of sectors (transport, electronic, energy, cleantech, glass, buildings, cosmetics, metallurgy, space, equipment processing/engineering, health tech and others etc.). MRT aims at being active all along the materials value chain (from Raw Materials to semi-finished to end-products) that includes advanced capabilities in mature manufacturing, and the materials integration into advanced product technologies truly enabling the industrial innovation. In that context, the core technologies leader plays a pivotal role.
The department MRT is currently composed of about 190 collaborators and is engaged into the following activities:
The engineer will join our advanced characterization platform for supporting the activities related to “molecular analyses” team, who is focused on molecular identification, namely based on high-resolution mass spectrometry, liquid chromatography for reverse engineering, and molecular imaging by (AP-)MALDI-HRMS and TOFSIMS.
The team is involved in 3 main missions:
As part of the analytical platform of the MRT department, the team provides analytical support to researchers in the field of nanomaterials/nanotechnologies, polymers/composites and functional coatings in MRT. Additionally, the platform offers its analytical capabilities and expertise to ensure a service delivery mission to external academic or private customers in Luxembourg or abroad in a large range of applications. Finally, the team has developed its own analytical R&D activity through competitive and contract research projects. This includes long-term collaborations focused on tailored analytical development for polymer/additives characterization and reverse-engineering (Goodyear), molecular imaging by mass spectrometry (Pierre Fabre) or MALDI instrumentation development (MassTech Inc).
The successful candidate will be active in above mentioned 3 types of activities to develop and apply molecular analyses methods (chromatography and imaging). She/he will actively participate to the development of new methodologies in the framework of service activity and research projects carried out with internal and/or external partners. This implies that the successful candidate will have to address a large range of application ranging from industrial material samples, to biological samples based on his/her analytical expertise.. The responsibilities of the engineer will include: