Experienced R&T associate in charged particle optics instrument development (M/F)

Reference : MRT-2017-055

Type: Researcher
Contract type: Permanent contract
Place: Belvaux


As a key player in research and innovation in Luxembourg, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), with its employees, is active in the domains of materials, the environment and IT. As an RTO (Research and Technology Organization) 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 focuses on the development of correlative microscopy for high-resolution high-sensitivity nano-analytics, mostly based on ion and electron microscopy and spectrometry. The research activities cover fundamentals, instrument development and applications. The team comprises specialists in nanoanalytics, in charged particle optics, in ion-matter interactions and in engineering (mechanics, electronics, and software) giving the AINA group the complete spectrum of know-how that is required to convert innovative ideas and concepts into prototype instruments.



We are looking for an R&T Associate who is specialised in developing charged particle beams instrumentation. The candidate will be in charge of initiating and executing novel developments in the fields of nano-analytics and nano-imaging. The candidate will participate in several existing projects focusing on new methodologies and prototype instrumentation combining techniques such as SIMS, TEM, HIM, SEM and AFM. In addition, the candidate will define and lead new project activities in this field, including writing and submitting proposals for competitive funding and collaborating with industrial partners such as instrument manufacturers. The candidate will also be in charge of disseminating, valorising and transferring RDI results (patents, licenses, prototypes, publications, technical reports, participation in conferences).




  • PhD in Physics or a related field


  • Strong experience in charged particle optics (simulations and experimental) and instrument design with a proven track record in prototype development
  • Experience with SIMION and/or Lorentz together with knowledge in data processing and software programming
  • Experience with CAD software will be an asset
  • Background in ion-matter and electron matter interactions
  • Strong overview of the fields of nano-analytics and nano-imaging
  • Hands-on experience with materials science characterization tools (e.g. Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Focussed Ion Beam instrumentation (FIB), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), etc) will be an asset
  • Be used to set-up new academic and industrial collaborations
  • Possess a sound experience in valorising scientific and technological results, including knowledge in the field of intellectual property management (patent writing, valorisation of patents …).
  • Ability to work in a team with team-spirit mandatory


  • Be fluent in English (spoken and written)


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