Funded PhDs in Physics and Materials Science

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The University of Luxembourg is a multilingual, international research University.

The University of Luxembourg (UL) and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) invite applications for several PhD (Doctoral Candidate) positions (m/f) within the Doctoral Training Unit on “Materials for Sensing and Energy Harvesting” in the research fields of Physics and Materials Science. The doctoral programme MASSENA is funded under the framework of the PRIDE scheme of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR).
The objectives of the research programme are to improve the understanding and the performance of materials used in sensing and energy harvesting. The medium to long-term research objective is to enable new applications and improved performance.
The Doctoral Training Unit is organised in four thematic clusters: three application oriented clusters – (A) strain sensors and energy harvesters, (B) electronic sensors and energy harvesters, and (C) bio-sensing – are supported by a transversal cluster on (D) electronic structure theory.

Your profile:
• Master’s degree in Physics, Chemistry, or Materials Science
• Strong background in at least one of the fields of the clusters
• Good English language skills
• Willingness to work in an inter-cultural and international environment
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Curiosity and self-motivation

We offer:
• A dynamic and well-equipped research environment
• Intensive training in scientific and transferable skills, participation in schools, conferences and workshops
• Three-year (fixed term) employee contract at UL or LIST, extensible to four years
• Enrollment as a PhD student in the Doctoral School of Science and Engineering at UL
• Personal work space at UL or LIST (depending on project)

Gender policy:
UL and LIST strive to increase the share of female PhD students. Therefore, we explicitly encourage women to apply.

Application submission:
Before proceeding with the submission of your application, please prepare the following documents in English.
• Curriculum vitae
• Motivation letter detailing how you meet the selection criteria. The motivation letter must clearly highlight your choice of research project (listed at You can list up to three projects with priorities. Explain your choice.
• Publication list (if applicable)
• Coordinates of two persons willing to send a letter of recommendation
• Copies of diplomas, transcripts with grades, with English translation
All documents should be uploaded in pdf format. Please note that incomplete applications or applications without project priorities will not be considered.

Selection process:
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview or interviewed by phone.

The positions will remain open until filled. Please submit your application online at For further information, or for any questions, please visit: or contact:


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