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A project leader

The Centre de Recherche Public - Gabriel Lippmann. Luxemburg, 18.09.2012

The Centre de Recherche Public − Gabriel Lippmann, a fast growing public establishment for applied scientific research and technology transfer, has an opening on a permanent contract basis for its "Scientific Instrumentation Unit" (UIS) of its "Science and Analysis of Materials" department (SAM) that focuses in the following fields: characterization of materials, surface treatment and thin films, instrumental developments, nanotechnologies and nanomaterials, for:

A project leader

in charged particle optics (m/f)
(ref: SAM-20120917-PLUIS)

Start date: first semester of 2013

Description of the position

The Scientific Instrumentation Unit of the SAM department focuses on the development of scien­tific instruments based on charged particle beams dedicated to nano-analysis, nano-imaging and nano-machining. The research activities cover both fundamental and instrumental aspects.

The team comprises specialists in nano-analytics, in charged particle optics, in ion-matter in­ter­ac­tions, in mechanical engineering, in electronics and mechatronics giving the Scientific Ins­tru­men­tation Unit the complete spectrum of know-how that is required to convert innovative ideas and concepts into prototype instruments.

Our different research projects are performed in cooperation with leading international instrument manufacturers and with research groups specialized in the relevant fields.

The successful candidate will have to:

  • Propose, setup and coordinate R&D projects related to the development of scientific ins­tru­ments based on charged particle beams dedicated to nano-analysis, nano-imaging and nano- machining (ion sources and columns, electron sources and columns, mass spectrometers, detectors, ...);
  • Actively participate in the execution of the R&D projects;
  • Make contacts and interact with instrument manufacturers in view of initiating new col­la­bo­ra­tions, sustaining existing ones and valorising the developments performed within the research projects;
  • Make contacts and interact with academic partners and research labs in view of initiating new collaborations and sustaining existing ones;
  • Communicate on the generated scientific results (conference, scientific publications, sym­po­sium ...);
  • Propose and write patent applications;
  • Write scientific and technical reports and documents.


  • PhD in Physics with a specific emphasis on charged particle optics;
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in charged particle optics (simulations and experimental) and instrumental development acquired during PhD thesis and employments in R&D;
  • Experience with charged particle optics simulation software (e.g. SIMION and Lorentz) together with knowledge in data processing and software programming;
  • Experience in designing mass spectrometers and/or ion sources;
  • Strong experimental skills;
  • Past experience in collaborating with instrument manufacturers will be considered as an im­por­tant advantage;
  • Knowledge in the field of intellectual property management (patent writing, valorisation of patents, ...);
  • Aptitude for grant writing, project management and team leadership in an interdisciplinary research group;
  • Fluency in English (scientific exchanges) is a must;
  • Excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills with a mandatory team-spirit.


Candidates who are interested in the above position should send their application (with the above reference) including CV, list of publications, motivation letter and names of 2-3 referees by e-mail to (format: .doc or .pdf).

Bewerbungsschluss: 30.11.2012