Engineer in Molecular Analysis (Mass Spectrometry) (M/F)

Référence : MRT-2020-017

Type: Ingénieur
Type de contrat: CDI
Lieu de travail: Belvaux



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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:

  • 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.




The engineer will join our advanced characterization platform for supporting the activities related to “molecular analyses” team, who is focused on molecular identification, namely based on high-resolution mass spectrometry, liquid chromatography for reverse engineering, and molecular imaging by (AP-)MALDI-HRMS and TOFSIMS.

The team is involved in 3 main missions:

  • Analytical support for research units at LIST
  • Service delivery for external customers
  • Analytical R&D projects  

As part of the analytical platform of the MRT department, the team provides analytical support to researchers in the field of nanomaterials/nanotechnologies, polymers/composites and functional coatings in MRT. Additionally, the platform offers its analytical capabilities and expertise to ensure a service delivery mission to external academic or private customers in Luxembourg or abroad in a large range of applications. Finally, the team has developed its own analytical R&D activity through competitive and contract research projects. This includes long-term collaborations focused on tailored analytical development for polymer/additives characterization and reverse-engineering (Goodyear), molecular imaging by mass spectrometry (Pierre Fabre) or MALDI instrumentation development (MassTech Inc).        

The successful candidate will be active in above mentioned 3 types of activities to develop and apply molecular analyses methods (chromatography and imaging). She/he will actively participate to the development of new methodologies in the framework of service activity and research projects carried out with internal and/or external partners. This implies that the successful candidate will have to address a large range of application ranging from industrial material samples, to biological samples based on his/her analytical expertise.. The responsibilities of the engineer will include:

  • Development of tailor-made methods including  sample preparation, analysis, interpretation and reporting
  • Literature review
  • Identification of unknown molecules from MS data
  • Evaluation of software-assisted statistic tools (multi-variate analysis) or database search tools





  • Master’s degree in chemistry or equivalent experience
  • A background in mass spectrometry is required for this role

Required seniority

  • Experience of 3-5 years in analytical development in an academic, industrial or/and RTO environment

Technical skills

  • Experience in analytical method development focused on mass spectrometry is mandatory
  • Hands-on experience in chromatography and MALDI MS is mandatory
  • Experience in MS imaging will be considered as a strong asset
  • Collaborative skills, proactive, taking initiative, result oriented, good organizational skills and capacity to work in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Good communication skills (oral and written)

Language skills

  • Fluent English or French is mandatory
  • German or Luxembourgish are considered as an asset


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