The SC Unit is seeking a Lead Research & Technology Associate in the field of interface engineering applied to polymer composite materials with a strong background in interface engineering and surface treatments.
A strong focus is put on the expertise in surface treatment of fibres (Carbon fibres, Glass fibres, Polymeric fibres; natural fibres) towards the enhancement of fibre / matrix interface performance in polymer composites, using wet and dry techniques, targeting interface mechanical performance and multifunctionality, together with the underlying science of composites manufacturing, namely processes related to additive manufacturing of fibre-reinforced polymers.
Research into innovative surface coating techniques including sizing and interface / interphases design to improve adhesion and impart additional functionalities such thermal, electrical properties at the interfaces between dissymmetric materials (mainly polymer materials and fibres) is a key competency in translating innovative solutions from polymer-based composites materials science into industrial utilization and real-world applications.
The successful candidate should be a recognized Researcher is her / his field. Her / his main mission is :
To promote the RDI group activities and recognition by acquiring funding, managing large RDI projects and developing an internationally recognised academic and / or professional curricula in relevant scientific and technological communities
To integrate an RTO that is strongly project- and team-oriented, and you are expected to secure funding and manage a sustainable project portfolio ranging from fundamental to industry-applied.
These projects will focus primarily on functional / smart interfaces, polymer composites and fibres, their processing, as well as relevant structural, rheological and functional characterization tasks and proof-of-concept demonstrations of the real-world / industrial applications of such materials
To lead the definition, and manage as PI, national and international RDI projects of high complexity as well as multiannual and / or multidisciplinary RDI projects
To lead and promote the dissemination, valorisation and transfer of RDI results (patents, licences, prototypes, publications, technical reports, participation in conferences) and publish scientific results in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.
Such efforts should be performed in strong collaboration with other members of the group, the unit and the department and will contribute to the development of Research & Technology activities in LIST
To actively contribute to the development of scientific and technological cooperation networks at national and international level
To carry out diligently this mission, successful candidate should have both an outstanding academic and industrial background and a very strong record of accomplishments regarding publications, patents and project management.
Significant experience with application-oriented research is a requirement, including collaboration(s) with industry and transfer of RDI results to public and / or private partners.
Skills / Qualifications
PhD in Materials Science, Polymer-based Composites Engineering, or related field
Minimum 15 years after PhD completion
Strong knowledge and expertise on interface engineering applied to polymer composite materials, using wet and dry techniques, targeting interface mechanical performance and multifunctionality, together with the underlying science of composites manufacturing
Strong expertise in surface treatment of fibres towards the enhancement of fibre / matrix interface performance in polymer composites
Demonstrated capability to cover the complete value chain from chemical solutions to performance demonstration at composite level
Evidence of remarkable research productivity (publications, patents, project reports, technology transfer) is mandatory
A team player with the ability to work with a diverse range of colleagues in an international environment is needed
Robust track record of independently conceiving, executing and successfully completing fundamental as well as application-oriented research projects, and developing industrial partnerships, is essential
The following additional competencies would be considered strong assets : Experience supervising graduate students and post-doctoral researchersExcellent written and oral communication skillsAbility to effectively mentor and coordinate the efforts of multiple collaborators
Strong spoken and written English is mandatory
Knowledge of French, German and / or Luxembourgish is considered an asset