Contract type: Fixed term contract
Duration: 24 months
As a key player in research and innovation in Luxembourg, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) 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 150 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 of the MRT department at the LIST 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) as well as an Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) system that we integrated into our NanoSIMS, allowing the advantages of high spatial resolution and high sensitivity chemical information to be combined. The research activities of the AINA group cover fundamentals, instrument development and applications.
In this context, we are working on the project NACHOS which aims at developing high-resolution high-sensitivity nano-analytical methods for applications in solar and other energy materials. The project is in cooperation with EPFL, Switzerland. The objective of the project is to understand and correlate the nanoscale chemical and structural characteristics with the overall performance of the solar and other energy materials. The work will involve extensive use of Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) imaging & diffraction analysis correlated with Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) imaging.
The post-doctoral researcher will take a main role in developing correlated workflows (involving in particular TEM and SIMS) and in the microstructural, crystallographic and chemical characterization of selected energy materials. In consultation with the project leader, the post-doctoral researcher will design and perform relevant experiments, analyse and interpret the results, write scientific articles and disseminate the results in international conferences.