PhD Position in Electron and SIMS Microscopy (M/F)
Luxembourg Institute of Science & Technology
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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 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 at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (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), allowing the advantages of high spatial resolution with high sensitivity chemical information to be combined.

Likewise we developed an Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) system that we integrated in our NanoSIMS in order to perform 3D elemental / isotopic reconstructions of complex samples with widely varying sputter yields.


In the framework of a joint project between LIST and the Technical University Munich co-funded by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) and the German Research Foundation (DFG), we are currently looking for a well-

motivated candidate to perform PhD research using the aforementioned novel instruments (TEM, HIM, SIMS and AFM) and dedicated correlative methodologies.

The project offers opportunities to develop innovative analytical solutions for high-resolution high-sensitivity chemical / elemental imaging through correlative microscopy methods with a main focus on Soil Science.

The candidate will acquire highly-valued skills in advanced characterization techniques (TEM, HIM, SIMS, AFM) applicable in materials science, soil science and life science.

The PhD candidate will work with highly skilled scientists and engineers in the dynamic environments of the AINA group and be registered at the University of Luxembourg to fulfil academic requirements.


  • Master (or similar) degree in Materials Science, Physics or closely related fields
  • Competencies

  • Interest in working with prototype instruments
  • Self-motivated by passion for science and research
  • Ability to work in a team with team-spirit mandatory
  • Language

  • English (Fluent : written and oral)
  • Knowledge of any of Luxembourg’s official language (Luxembourgish, French, German) will be an asset
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