Engineer in Biodiversity (M/F)

Reference : ERIN-2020-050

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



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.

You will be part of the LIST Environmental Research and Innovation department

As part of a Research and Technology Organization (RTO), the work of the Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) Department tackles some of the major environmental challenges our society is facing today, such as climate change mitigation, ecosystem resilience, sustainable energy systems, and the efficient use of renewable resources. The successful candidate will join ERIN’s Environmental Research and Technology Platform (ERTP). She/He will be part of ERTP’s Observatory for Climate and Environment (OCE).

The OCE operates different types of dense and national networks of hydroclimatology and biodiversity measurements. On behalf of the Ministry of Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development (MECDD), we operate and maintain a biodiversity-monitoring programme in Luxembourg, with an emphasis on species of European community interest (Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC). The OCE is developing methods and approaches for nature monitoring, adaptive management and applied conservation biology.




This position intends to strengthen ERIN’s research and monitoring capacity in ecology, biodiversity and environmental management mainly in Luxembourg. It will focus on multi-species observation at the field level, encoding of the field observation data and species as well as species distribution modelling (SDM). The selected applicant will in particular  contribute to the development of research activities in the European H2020 FRAMEWork project and Biodiversity monitoring projects in the framework of the European Habitats Directive funded by the Luxembourg government.

More specifically, the successful candidate will be asked to:

  • Actively participate in biodiversity monitoring with a focus on butterflies, pollinators, and plants;
  • Develop and contribute to statistical analyses of biodiversity observations (time-series and distribution modelling);
  • Register field data, develop/improve biodiversity observation protocols/methods;
  • Communicate project results to the public as well as to end users and stakeholders in relevant sectors

The applicant will also be asked to:

  • Maintain state of the art in his/her technological field;
  • Document her/his own work in order to ensure the reproducibility and guarantee the traceability of the results;
  • Write technical and analytical reports, prepare presentations when required;
  • Define new processes, methods, protocols, systems and solutions to comply with RDI project requirements;
  • Contribute to the development of prototypes when possible.





  • MSc in a relevant discipline, such as Conservation Biology, ecology, plant biology or similar subject.
  • Three years relevant experience on Biodiversity monitoring, statistical analysis and data modelling.


The successful applicant will be integrated in a team of professionals who will share their expertise and know-how with her/him.

Required technical skills:

  • Field biodiversity monitoring experiences for at least three years.
  • Familiar with biodiversity observation methods, tools and sampling designs.
  • Experience in the fields of landscape ecology, biodiversity and ecological interactions
  • Competence in statistical modelling applied within ecological research
  • Knowledge and experience in landscape, vegetation or pollination ecology
  • Expertise on one or more taxonomic groups relevant for the research activity in the OCE (e.g. plants, insects)
  • Experience using GIS and working with spatial data.
  • Knowledge of different species and their distribution in Luxembourg or at European level.
  • Driver’s license valid in Luxembourg.

Beneficial Skills and Experiences:

  • Experiences on species distribution modelling.
  • Bio-statistical analysis.
  • Good team spirit and communication skills.


  • Proficiency in English
  • French, German and/or Luxembourgish is an asset


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 Aaron FIROZ

Prof. Dr Lucien HOFFMANN
Prof. Dr Lucien HOFFMANN

Director of Environmental Research and Innovation department