Characterization Engineer in Molecular Analysis Applied to Industrial Polymer Formulations (M/F)

Reference : MRT-2020-041

Type: Engineer
Contract type: Fixed term contract
Duration: 18 months
Place: Belvaux

Context

 

Your work environment

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.

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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:

  • Research unit which focuses on “Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology”. The aim of this unit is to translate the enabling capabilities of nanotechnology/nanomaterials into application-driven solutions which take advantage of the functional properties of materials.
  • Research unit dealing with Instrumentation and process engineering in the fields of nanoanalytics instruments and surface treatments relying on process technology.
  • Research unit investigating functional and bio-based polymers including bio-degradable and recyclable plastics, macromolecular chemistry, responsive polymers and polymers physics.
  • Research unit studying structural composites materials with a specific focus on the design and durability of high performance and multi-functional composites based on advanced modeling expertise together with Interface engineering towards better performance and durability.
  • A transversal Platform regrouping Materials Characterization and Testing, Composites manufacturing and Prototyping, which provides access to state-of the art characterization in the field of Molecular Analysis / Elemental and Isotopic Analysis / Structure, Morphology and Topography / Mechanical Testing and Accelerated Ageing / Thermal Analysis/ Composites manufacturing / Specific Prototyped high-end home-made processes and equipment.

 

Description

 

The engineer will join our advanced characterization platform for supporting the activities related “molecular analyses” team and participate to an industrial partnership with a major tire manufacturer. The activity of the team is focused on molecular characterization, namely based on high-resolution mass spectrometry, liquid chromatography for reverse engineering, and molecular imaging by (AP-) MALDI-HRMS and TOFSIMS.

The candidate will develop and apply molecular analyses methods (chromatography and MS) to improve the detailed characterization of raw materials used in the tire manufacturing processes, understand minor batch-to-batch variations or minor variations between raw materials providers and their impact on manufacturing processes and final product performances. Raw materials of interest include large polymers, low molecular weight polymer/resins, and additives (small molecules), as well as fillers.

She/he will actively participate to the on-going and future development of new methodologies based on the combination of various modes of liquid chromatography (Gel Permeation Chromatography, Reverse/Normal Phase Liquid Chromatography, Thin Layer Chromatography…). Combination with mass spectrometry techniques will implies optimization of ionization techniques (ESI, APCI. APPI, nanoESI) as well as optimization of fraction collection for off-line coupling with MS using AP-MALDI, DART or S-SIMS ionization. The responsibilities of the engineer will include:

  • Preparing the samples to be analysed   Proposing analytical strategies based on a literature review
  • Performing the analyses and interpreting the analysis results
  • Communication of results during project meetings
  • Documenting and archiving the results and related methods, including the writing of reports

 


Profile

 

Education

  • Master’s degree or engineer diploma in Chemistry

Required seniority

  • Experience in analytical development in an academic, industrial or/and RTO environment will be considered as an asset
  • 1 to 3 years of experience in similar role required

Technical skills

  • Experience in analytical method development focused on mass spectrometry and chromatography
  • Hands-on experience in chromatography and MS
  • Able to work in the team, proactive, taking initiative, result oriented, good organisational skills and capacity to work in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Good communication skills (oral and written)

Language skills

  • Fluent English or French is mandatory

 

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 Gilles FRACHE
Gilles FRACHE

Dr Nathalie VALLE
Dr Nathalie VALLE