Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Postdoc candidate for a MSCA IF in Conjugated Microporous Polymers, Metal–Organic Frameworks and Density Functional Theory

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    15/05/2020 23:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Luxembourg, Belvaux
    The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) (application management through Luxinnovation)

The Materials Research and Technology Department (MRT) of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is interested in hosting a postdoctoral fellow within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship programme. 


         Please note that this opportunity is not a funded positions (yet); it depend on

         1. The organization selecting you for continuing the process and

         2. A successful proposal written mostly by you (with some input from your host organization           in Luxembourg) and submitted before September 9th 2020.



Project idea: 

  • The project will focus on the design, synthesis, characterisation and application of novel functional thin films of Conjugated Microporous Polymers (CMPs) or Metal–Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for Heterogeneous Catalysis. The new CMP or new MOF thin films will be synthesised via Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD).
  • The accurate project idea, which will merge the experience of the applicant and the supervisor’s background, will be determined based on the applicant expertise and interests.
  • Along the project, the applicant will gain knowledge on thin film elaboration (CVD) and characterization. While the host institution will benefit from the knowledge of the applicant in ONE or several of the following fields: Density Functional Theory (DTF) of CMPs or MOFs, or their application in Heterogeneous Catalysis.

Offer Requirements

  • The applicant should demonstrate a proven experience in ONE or several of the following fields: Conjugated Microporous Polymers (CMPs), Metal–Organic Frameworks (MOFs), Density Functional Theory (DTF) or Heterogeneous Catalysis as evidenced through peer-reviewed journal publications.
  • NO experience in the field of Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) required.

Institute description: 

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 180 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.



Our group developed a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms driving Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) reactions to tailor new functional materials. We are notably unlocking new polymer chemistries (that cannot be reached through conventional solution-based approaches) using CVD to open new horizons in the field of energy materials.

In particular, our group made a breakthrough in the synthesis of chromophore-based conjugated polymers (DOI: 10.1002/anie.201814034). We are currently studying the CVD reaction of chromophores (metalloporphyrins) for photocatalytic water splitting and solar hydrogen production (https://www.list.lu/en/news/list-researcher-nicolas-boscher-secures-prestigious-erc-consolidator-grant/)


About Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship:

The MSCA IF are postdoctoral fellowships, financed through the European Commission for 2 year positions, covering salary and research costs of the researchers, who can come from anywhere in the world. The evaluation process of these programmes is more about the project and the career development of the candidate, than his/her publication record. The organizations in Luxembourg that want to host such talented researchers include large public research organizations as well as private companies that offer interesting job perspectives after completion of the fellowship.

Minimal eligibility criteria

  • Individual: applicant applies together with host institute
  • PhD at the deadline or Masters plus 4 years of full time equivalent research experience
  • Not working or living in Luxembourg for longer than 12 months before the call deadline
  • For rules see here or contact your NCP


How to apply

Please submit your CV to Charles Betz, Advisor - European R&D and Innovation Support at Luxinnovation, until May 15th 2020 and refer to which position(s) you are applying for; you can also send several finetuned CVs if you are interested in multiple positions. Make sure you address the text and requirements mentioned by the respective hosts. 

Please note that applications are made through Luxinnovation, your contact point for Horizon 2020 in Luxembourg, before being handed over to the host company.

Luxinnovation, the Luxembourgish Innovation agency and National Contact Point for MSCA, will support both you and your future host institute during your application phase. For all applicants coming to Luxembourg we offer guidance documents, webinars, training in proposal writing and we will review your proposals if you wish so (depending on our availability). In 2019, MSCA IF proposals from Luxembourg had an average success rate of 28.5%, and proposals reviewed by our service 42%.

More information can be found on our website.


  • Conjugated Microporous Polymers (CMPs)
  • Metal–Organic Frameworks (MOFs)
  • Density Functional Theory (DTF)
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis



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