Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Postdoc candidate for a MSCA IF in Ion microscopy, ion irradiation, nanoparticles, numerical simulations, ion-matter interactions, sputtering

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    15/05/2020 23:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Luxembourg, Esch-sur-Alzette
    LIST (application management through Luxinnovation)

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: 

Nowadays, ion beams play an important role for the development and characterisation of nanomaterials. For the characterisation of the latter by secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and ion microscopy, it is essential to understand

  1. how the shape and surface curvature of nano-objects change during ion irradiation,
  2. how the substrate might affect analysis results, 
  3. how interfaces influence the formation of sputtered molecular fragments or clusters in order to convert correctly the recorded signals into 3D shape and concentrations.

Understanding the underlying processes is only possible by getting insights into the atomic-scale mechanisms using numerical simulations.

The candidate for the Marie Curie Fellowship will have the opportunity to develop a project around the afore-described topic, based on numerical methods, and to contribute to the development ion-beam based nano-analytics.

The final project idea will emerge from the complementary backgrounds and expertise of applicant and supervisor

Offer Requirements

  • PhD in materials science, physics, chemistry or any related field
  • Extensive experience in long timescale simulation of far-from-equilibrium processes and/or time-dependent DFT and/or machine learning applied to numerical simulations
  • Demonstrated experience in the use of high performance computers, model development and data analysis
  • Excellent writing and publication skills
  • Fluent oral and written English is mandatory

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 190 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 within the Scientific Instrumentation and Process Technology (SIPT) unit of MRT is renowned for developing innovative nano-analytical techniques for materials characterisation 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 for nano-analytics



  • Multidisciplinary and multicultural environment
  • State-of-the-art equipment (HPC, experimental tools, etc.)
  • Unique valorisation streams via close collaborations with major instrument manufacturers
  • Excellent training opportunities in fields which are complementary to the candidates main expertise

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.


  • Ion microscopy,
  • ion irradiation,
  • nanoparticles,
  • numerical simulations,
  • ion-matter interactions,
  • sputtering



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