Contract type: Fixed term contract
Duration: 18 months
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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 “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: