Luxembourg Institute of Science & Technology
March 18, 2024
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CEO-2410 SCIENCE DIRECTOR Permanent contract Belval Are you passionate about research? So are we! Come and join us

The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is a Research and Technology Organization (RTO) active in the fields of materials, environment, space resources and IT. By transforming scientific knowledge into technologies, smart data and tools, LIST empowers citizens in their choices, public authorities in their decisions and businesses in their strategies.

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The Science Director, as a member of the LIST Executive Committee, co-develops a long-term vision and strategy for LIST, actively works in its implementation, oversees, organises, coordinates, and monitors all related scientific and research processes to achieve goals and creates the framework in which LIST will be able to grow, creating the greatest possible added value for its various stakeholders.

In line with the LIST strategy, the Science Director envisions, develops, and implements strategies and policies aimed at improving and managing effective and streamlined research and development processes. To do so, the Science Director will lead and manage among others a team of eminent scientists having a broad technology and innovation overview and IP specialists.

How will you contribute?

In a matrix organisation, your role involves overseeing the acquisition, the reporting of all the science and development projects and activities within LIST and the support for the scientific execution of these projects where the CEO adjoint will oversee the acquisition and reporting of the contract and co- funded research projects and services. Together with the Deputy CEO – valorization function, you will coach the Heads of Unit and together with the Deputy CEO and the Heads of Unit steer the life cycle of research at LIST. The input of the Deputy CEO into the development process of the research and innovation activities will be from the demand side – pull side, while the input from the Scientific Director will be from the scientific side – push side. The Science Director will overview the lower TRL of the LIST research agenda.

Research & Development:

  • Define and introduce a sound R&D strategy in line with LIST's goals, together with the Deputy CEO in terms of life cycle of research and ultimate revenue and growth targets.
  • Lead a research support office. The Science director is responsible for providing an effective, efficient and proactive support structure to help and advice researchers on project acquisition, research execution, research management, result dissemination and exploitation. monitoring of their quality and progress, risk analysis.
  • The Science Director develops and maintains good contacts with national and international funding agencies, other research organisations and potential sponsors.
  • Responsible for research data and knowledge management
  • Coordinates LIST's Doctoral education program
  • Lead thorough scientific research to identify trends, opportunities, and potential threats, proposed adaptations to LIST's research lines accordingly.
  • Supervises IP patents search and is responsible for the patenting and safeguarding of relevant LIST research, be it of a material or immaterial property asset nature (e.g. software, living collections, trademarks, …)
  • Leadership:

  • Works in close coordination with the other members of the Executive Committee and create healthy collaborative links between your team and the rest of the organisation.
  • Inspires the team under your responsibility. Coach, develop, and empower managers and employees. Lead and support talent management processes, including hiring, training, performance evaluation, and career development.
  • Excellent communicator and networker.
  • Represents LIST nationally and internationally on the R&D scene, at major scientific conferences, at the EU commission, …
  • Represent LIST in front of partners and stakeholders. You are wired into relevant scientific communities; you have a broad and holistic view on LIST's research activities. Create and nurture institutional relationships. Communicate LIST's RDI activity and results to stakeholders and the broader community.
  • Is your profile described below? Are you our future colleague? Apply


    You have an international reputation in the sector of public and/or private research and innovation. You have proven management and governance skills, and the ability to engender trust, respect, and credibility.

    Your ability to envision strategies, establish priorities, and influence others to achieve strategic goals will be highly valuable.

    You demonstrated experience in building relationships with a diverse range of internal and external constituencies, you have a strong ability to steer high level research through procedures and influence and the capacity for managing and leading people, enforcing accountability, and empowering the managers and employees under their responsibility.

    Additionally, you should have:

  • A sound knowledge of technology acquisition, research and development and dissemination of innovation and research.
  • Relevant experience on putting in place communication and marketing plans of research and innovation activities.
  • Strong analytical, critical, and strategic thinking skills.
  • Good communicator on R&D activities, in a broad setting and with a large outreach.
  • A minimum of 15 years of experience is required, preferably in innovation- driven or research technology organisations (experience in an RTO is a plus), and at least 5 years of experience in senior management positions.
  • Finally, you should hold a PhD degree and being fluent in English and French. Luxembourgish would be considered an advantage.

    Your LIST benefits
  • An organization with a passion for impact and strong RDI partnerships in Luxembourg and Europe that works on responsible and independent research projects
  • Sustainability and resilience empower our belief that we play an essential role in paving the way to a green society
  • Innovative infrastructures and exceptional labs occupying more than 5,000 square metres, including innovations in all that we do
  • An environment encouraging curiosity, innovation and entrepreneurship in all areas
  • Personalized learning programme to foster our staff's soft and technical skills
  • Multicultural and international work environment with more than 50 nationalities represented in our workforce
  • Diverse and inclusive work environment empowering our people to fulfil their personal and professional ambitions
  • Gender-friendly environment with multiple actions to attract, develop and retain women in science
  • 32 days' paid annual leave, 11 public holidays, 13-month salary, statutory health insurance
  • Flexible working hours, home working policy and access to lunch vouchers
  • Your application must include:

  • A motivation letter oriented towards the position and detailing your experience;
  • A detailed CV
  • Application procedure and conditions

  • LIST is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to hiring and retaining diverse personnel. We value all applicants and will consider all competent candidates for employment without regard to national origin, race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, religion, age or disability.
  • Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.
  • An assessment committee will review the applications and select candidates based on guidelines that aim to ensure equal opportunities.
  • The main criteria for selection will be the correspondence of the existing skills, expertise, and experience of the applicant with the requirements mentioned above
  • Kindly be informed that upon submitting your application, you are consenting to share it with the selection committee, which includes two external advisors: Prof. dr. Arnoud De Meyer, at SMU and Prof. dr. Mark J Bailey, UKCEH Fellow.

    To be considered for this position it is crucial that you have knowledge of the following languages

  • Read C1 Advanced
  • Write C1 Advanced

    Speak C1 Advanced

  • Read C1 Advanced
  • Write C1 Advanced

    Speak C1 Advanced


    The following languages are optional but are considered a plus.

  • Read B1 Intermediate
  • Write B1 Intermediate

    Speak B1 Intermediate

    minimum required Education

    Required work experience in years

    15 or more years

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    Kristel WEINREICH

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