PhD candidate in correlative ion-electron microscopy approaches for photovoltaic applications (M/F)

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 06 Jul 2019


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.

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.


The PhD candidate will use these novel multi-modal analytical instruments (HIM-SIMS and TEM-SIMS) to develop correlative nano-scale methodologies and apply them to photovoltaic samples. The PhD candidate will acquire highly-valued skills in advanced characterization techniques (TEM, HIM, SIMS) applicable in a number of fields in materials science and beyond. The 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. The candidate should have an excellent masters in materials science, physics or closely related fields and have interest in working with prototype instruments.



  • Master in materials science, physics or closely related


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


  • Very good knowledge of English is mandatory

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